Miyoshi Umeki (1929–2007)


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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 »

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Sayonara Katsumi
(1957)
(1961)
(1969-1972)

Filmography

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 1969-1972 The Courtship of Eddie's Father (TV Series)
Mrs. Livingston
- We Love Annie (1972) ... Mrs. Livingston
- Time for a Change (1972) ... Mrs. Livingston
- In the Eye of the Beholder (1972) ... Mrs. Livingston
- It's All Write with Me (1972) ... Mrs. Livingston
- Very Young Man with a Horn (1972) ... Mrs. Livingston
 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)
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
 1957 Sayonara
Katsumi
 1956 Around the World Revue (Short)
Nancy Umecki (as Nancy Umecki)
 1953 Seishun jazu musume
Kashu
 1951 Uchôten jidai
Singer (uncredited)
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Show Show Self (30 credits)
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Other Works:

Flower Drum Song (1958). Musical comedy. Book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joseph Fields. Based on the novel by C.Y. Lee. Music by Richard Rodgers. Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Music orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett. Musical Director: Salvatore Dell'Isola. Dance arrangements by Luther Henderson Jr. Costume Design by ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Nancy Umecki | Myoshi Umeki | Nancy Umeki

Height:

5' 1" (1.55 m)
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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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