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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Courtship of Eddie's Father
(1969-1972)
Sayonara
Sayonara Katsumi
(1957)
Flower Drum Song
(1961)
Akuma no niwa
Akuma no niwa Actress
(1967)

Filmography

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 1969 The Queen and I (TV Series)
Japanese Bride
- The Trousseau (1969) ... Japanese Bride
 1967 Akuma no niwa
 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)
Nami
- 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)
Guest
- Have Rickshaw, Will Travel (1963) ... Guest
 1962 A Girl Named Tamiko
Eiko
 1962 Teahouse of the August Moon (TV Movie)
Lotus-Blossom
 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
 1961 Cry for Happy
Harue
 1959 Art Carney Special (TV Series)
 1957 Sayonara
Katsumi
 1956 Around the World Revue (Short)
Nancy Umecki (as Nancy Umecki)
 1953 Seishun jazu musume
Kashu
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Appeared on the Gisele MacKenzie Variety Show (produced by Jack Benny) on March 29, 1958 with guests Eddie Fisher and Miyoshi Umeki. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Nancy Umecki | Myoshi Umeki | Nancy Umeki

Height:

5' 1" (1.55 m)
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Trivia:

As of 2011, she is the only person of East Asian descent to win an Academy Award for acting. See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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