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Miyoshi Umeki

Miyoshi Umeki

Highest Rated: 82% Sayonara (1957)

Lowest Rated: 79% Flower Drum Song (1961)

Birthday: May 8, 1929

Birthplace: Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan

As a teenager in her native Japan, Miyoshi Umeki began her show business career as a singer and dancer. She often performed on radio programs and in nightclubs. In the 1950s, she attempted to translate that success in the USA, landing a spot on "Arthur Godfrey and His Friends," one of the many music-variety series then in vogue. In 1957, Umeki was cast as the Japanese woman who falls in love with an American soldier (Red Buttons) despite the US government's policy banning interracial marriage in "Sayonara." As the doomed bride, the beautiful actress offered a heart-breaking turn that earned her that year's Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress.

Highest rated movies

82% Sayonara
79% Flower Drum Song

Photos

FLOWER DRUM SONG, Kam Tong, Miyoshi Umeki, 1961 FLOWER DRUM SONG, Miyoshi Umeki, 1961 FLOWER DRUM SONG, Miyoshi Umeki, 1961 FLOWER DRUM SONG, Nancy Kwan, Miyoshi Umeki, 1961 SAYONARA, Miyoshi Umeki, accepting Best Supporting Actress Oscar, 1957 FLOWER DRUM SONG, Nancy Kwan, Miyoshi Umeki, Jack Soo, 1961 FLOWER DRUM SONG, Kam Tong, Miyoshi Umeki, James Shigeta, Nancy Kwan, Victor Sen Yung, 1961 SAYONARA, Red Buttons, Miyoshi Umeki, 1957 SAYONARA, Miyoshi Umeki, James Garner, Red Buttons, 1957. FLOWER DRUM SONG, Nancy Kwan, James Shigeta (rear), Miyoshi Umeki, 1961 SAYONARA, Red Buttons, Miyoshi Umeki, 1957.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Horizontal Lieutenant Akiko (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Girl Named Tamiko Eiko (Character) - 1962
79% 72% Flower Drum Song Mei Li (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cry for Happy Harue (Character) - 1961
82% 79% Sayonara Katsumi (Character) - 1957

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Courtship of Eddie's Father Mrs. Livingston (Character) 1969-1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Virginian Kim Ho (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1958