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Miyoshi Umeki Overview:

Actress, Miyoshi Umeki, was born on May 8, 1929 in Otaru, Japan. Umeki died at the age of 78 on Aug 28, 2007 in Licking, MO and was laid to rest in Boone Creek Cemetery in Licking, MO.

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Miyoshi Umeki was nominated for one Academy Award, winning for Best Supporting Actress for Sayonara (as Katsumi) in 1957.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1957Best Supporting ActressSayonara (1957)KatsumiWon
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Mei Li: [to Wang Chi-Yang] This is beautiful and very outspoken.


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Mei Li: Oh yes, I like it. Especially I like.


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Miyoshi Umeki Facts
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.

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

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