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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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Miyoshi Umeki Quotes:

Mei Li: [singing] A little girl in Chunking, just thirty inches tall, / Decides that she will try to walk and nearly doesn't fall! / A hundred million miracles! / A hundred million miracles, a hundred million miracles, a hundred million miracles are happening every day.


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


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


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

After her retirement from the entertainment industry, she ran an editing machine business in Los Angeles for several years.

One of eight actors of Asian descent nominated for an Academy Award in an acting category. The others are Sessue Hayakawa nominated for The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Mako nominated for The Sand Pebbles (1966), Ben Kingsley who won Best Actor for Gandhi (1982), Haing S. Ngor who won Best Supporting Actor for The Killing Fields (1984), Pat Morita nominated for The Karate Kid (1984), Ken Watanabe nominated for The Last Samurai (2003) and Rinko Kikuchi nominated for Babel (2006).

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