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Miyoshi Umeki (1929–2007)

Although she projected the typical Japanese female stereotype of humbleness, delicacy and subservience in most of her prime film and stage roles, beguiling, tiny-framed Miyoshi Umeki was nevertheless an assertive scene-stealer. This docile and deceptive-looking talent with the cropped hair and heart-shaped face radiated charm and innocence so ... See full bio »

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 1969 The Queen and I (TV Series)
Japanese Bride
- The Trousseau (1969) ... Japanese Bride
 1964 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Lotus Bud
- Who Killed the Paper Dragon? (1964) ... Lotus Bud
 1964 The Virginian (TV Series)
Kim Ho
- Smile of a Dragon (1964) ... Kim Ho
 1964 Mister Ed (TV Series)
Ako Tenaka
- Ed in the Peace Corps (1964) ... Ako Tenaka (as Myoshi Umeki)
 1963 Rawhide (TV Series)
- Incident of the Geisha (1963) ... Nami
 1963 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Hana Shigera
- One Clear, Bright Thursday Morning (1963) ... Hana Shigera
 1963 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
- Have Rickshaw, Will Travel (1963) ... Guest
 1962 A Girl Named Tamiko
 1962 Teahouse of the August Moon (TV Movie)
 1962 Sam Benedict (TV Series)
Sumiko Matsui
- Tears for a Nobody Doll (1962) ... Sumiko Matsui
 1961-1962 The Donna Reed Show (TV Series)
Mac (Kimi Makihara) / Mrs. Stemple
- Aloha, Kimi (1962) ... Mac (Kimi Makihara)
- The Geisha Girl (1961) ... Mrs. Stemple
 1961 Flower Drum Song
Mei Li
 1959 Art Carney Special (TV Series)
 1957 Sayonara
 1956 Around the World Revue (Short)
Nancy Umecki (as Nancy Umecki)
 1953 Seishun jazu musume
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Show Show Self (24 credits)
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Active on Broadway in the following production: See more »

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Alternate Names:

Nancy Umecki | Myoshi Umeki | Nancy Umeki


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She recorded for Mercury Records, 1955-1959. Released five 45rpm singles and two LPs as a lead vocalist. One more LP was a recompiled budget release. There's also a various artists compilation LP which contains one track by her. Before that, she recorded for RCA Japan as Nancy Umeki. See more »

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