Miyoshi Umeki

Miyoshi Umeki

Highest Rated: 93% Sayonara (1957)

Lowest Rated: 50% 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

Sayonara
Flower Drum Song

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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
50% 72% Flower Drum Song Mei Li (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cry for Happy Harue (Character) - 1961
93% 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 100% 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