Miyoshi Umeki

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Press Photo of Miyoshi Umeki in 1961

Miyoshi Umeki (May 8, 1929 – August 28, 2007) was a Japanese-American singer and actress. Umeki was a Tony Award and Golden Globe-nominated actress and the first East Asian-American woman to win an Academy Award for acting.


  • I wish somebody would help me right now, I didn’t expect and have nothing in my mind.
    • [1] Miyoshi speech when she won oscar award in 1958.
  • I didn’t like doing it, but when someone pays you to do a job, you do the job, and you do your best.
    • [2] Miyoshi speak on acting in pidgin english in 1962.

Quotes about Miyoshi[edit]

  • From growing up around Miyoshi for four years, I didn’t sense a lot of joy, but I felt her strength and her determination. Miyoshi got what she wanted by just being smart and quiet.
    • [3] Cruz speak about the actress commitment in 2018.
  • I know it sounds weird nowadays, but she wanted to be a housewife and a mother. When I ask her why years later, she said she had achieved everything she wanted to achieve. Her dream was to come here and entertain.
    • [4] Hood speak on the actress dreams in 2018.

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