KUALA LUMPUR: Legendary actress Azean Irdawaty died at the University Malaya Medical Centre, Petaling Jaya, Selangor due to liver failure at 7.29pm today, after a five-year battle with cancer.
The 63-year-old first made her name in the entertainment industry as a singer in the 1970s. She had released two albums called ‘Rahsia Laguku’ and ‘Kesedihan Di Matamu’ on the WEA Malay Record label.
Although her singing career spanned for a year, she subsequently became active in acting and starred in her first movie called ‘Esok Masih Ada’ in 1979 which was directed by Tan Sri Jins Shamsuddin. She then went on to win her very first best actress award for her role in the movie at the Malaysian Film Festival in 1980. She won the best actress award again in 1982 for her role in ‘Langit Petang’.
Azean Irdawaty’s popularity escalated in the silver screen, making her a primadona in the late 70s and early 80s. She is most notable for her roles in ‘Mama oh Mama’ and ‘Waris Jari Hantu’.
The last film she acted in was ‘Talentime’ in 2009 which was directed by the late Yasmin Ahmad.
She leaves behind husband, Khairil Anwar Z.M. Rashidi and three children, Khaeryll Benjamin, Elza Irdalynna and Inessa Irdayanty.
Azean Irdawaty's remains will be laid to rest at the Bukit Kiara Muslim Cemetery at 11am on Wednesday.