Umeki began her career as a nightclub singer in Japan before moving to the United States. She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her first film role, Sayonara (1957), becoming the first Asian actor to win an Oscar.
She only appeared in four more films during her career including Flower Drum Song (1961), for which she had received a Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, for her performance in the Broadway production in 1959. She also played the part of Mrs Livingstone in the television series The Courtship of Eddie's Father from 1969 until 1972.
Miyoshi Umeki Facts
|Birthday||April 3, 1929|
|Date of death||August 28, 2007 (age 78)|
|Awards||1958 Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress (for Sayonara)|