Isuzu Yamada Poster


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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 5 February 1917Osaka, Japan
Date of Death 9 July 2012Inagi, Tokyo, Japan  (multiple organ failure)
Birth NameMitsu Yamada
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Mini Bio (1)

Isuzu Yamada was born on February 5, 1917 in Osaka, Japan as Mitsu Yamada. She was an actress, known for Yojimbo (1961), Throne of Blood (1957) and The Lower Depths (1957). She was married to Tsutomu Shimomoto, Yoshi Katô, Takita, Kazuo, Ichirô Tsukida and Teinosuke Kinugasa. She died on July 9, 2012 in Inagi, Tokyo, Japan.

Spouse (5)

Tsutomu Shimomoto (1956 - ?) (divorced)
Yoshi Katô (1950 - 1954) (divorced)
Takita, Kazuo (1941 - 1942) (divorced)
Ichirô Tsukida (1935 - 1940) (divorced) (1 child)
Teinosuke Kinugasa (? - ?)

Trivia (3)

Mother of actress Michiko Saga.
Daughter of an actor and a geisha, she was trained as a musician on the three-stringed traditional Japanese shamisen. Her acting career began at the age of fourteen. She joined the Nikkatsu studio in Kyoto in 1930, because her mother was a friend of the chief executive. International fame came through her roles in several films by Akira Kurosawa, notably her Lady Macbeth-like character Asaji in 'Throne of Blood' (1957).
Isuzu Yamada was named a Person of Cultural Merit by the Japanese government in 1993 and seven years later became the first actress to receive the illustrious Order of Culture from the Emperor of Japan.

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