Mahanati Savitri was born on December 6th, in the year 1936 in Chirravur village in Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh. She was bestowed into the film industry at a very young age (at the age of twelve) as she got an offer in the film ‘Agni Pariksha’. She acted in memorable films like Pelli Chesi Choodu (1952), Palletooru (1952), Chandra Haram (1953), Devadasu (1953), Ardhangi (1955), Missamma(1955), Donga Ramudu (1955), Amara Deepam (1956), some more gr, Todikodallu(1957), MangalyBalam.
Rekha's father Gemini Ganesan, most popular Tamil actors of his time with her mother Pushpavalli, Ganesan never got married to Rekha's mother Pushpavalli. That is why he did not acknowledge Rekha's paternity during her childhood