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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Miyoshi Umeki Quotes:

Mei Li: [to Wang Chi-Yang] This is beautiful and very outspoken.


Wang Ta: Would you like to dance?
Mei Li: I don't know how, but I will walk around with you while you dance.


Mei Li: [singing] A hundred million miracles, a hundred million miracles are happening every day, / And those who say they don't agree are those who do not hear or see. / A hundred million miracles, a hundred million miracles are happening every day.


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Miyoshi Umeki Facts
Was nominated for the 1959 Tony Award as best actress in a musical for [i]Flower Drum Song[/i], a role she recreated in the film version, Flower Drum Song (1961).

The first Asian actor to win an Academy Award, for best supporting actress in Sayonara (1957).

Was already famous as Nancy Umeki in Japan with several hit songs and film appearances to her credit before coming to the U.S. in 1955.

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