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.



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

Mei Li: Very pretty.

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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).

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).

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