Miyoshi Umeki

Highest Rated: 100% Sayonara (1957)
Lowest Rated: 100% Sayonara (1957)
Birthday: May 8, 1929
Birthplace: Not Available
Beautiful Japanese actress Miyoshi Umeki was born on the island of Hokkaido but raised in the U.S. during her teens after gaining experience as a radio and nightclub singer. Once stateside, Umeki began appearing on television. She made an auspicious film debut in Sayonara (1957) playing a Japanese woman who finds herself caught up in bi-cultural racism when she marries American serviceman Red Buttons. The role earned both of them Oscars. On Broadway, Umeki earned acclaim playing Mei Li in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song, a role she reprised for the film version in 1961. Her film career ended in 1962; however, fans of the late '60s sitcom The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1969) will remember her as housekeeper Mrs. Livingston.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Flower Drum Song Mei Li 1961
No Score Yet The Horizontal Lieutenant Akiko 1961
100% Sayonara Katsumi 1957

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Woman
  • 1963

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