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CBHagman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-05-07 06:17 PM
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126. Best Supporting Actress Winner Miyoshi Umeki, 78.
The Japanese-born actress is familiar to film fans through her work in Sayonara, for which she won an Oscar, and to stage and movie fans through Flower Drum Song, and of course to TV watchers through her turn as Mrs. Livingston in The Courtship of Eddie's Father.

Note: There's a major plot spoiler for Sayonara in the obituary!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...

At the end of World War II, the teenage Ms. Umeki began singing with American G.I. bands at service clubs around Otaru for 90 cents a night. She studied Dinah Shore, Peggy Lee and Doris Day over the radio and herself became a presence on Japanese radio and TV.

Taking the more commercial name of Nancy Umeki, she recorded American pop standards for RCA Japan before arriving in the United States in 1955 and signing with Mercury Records. A recurring engagement on Arthur Godfrey's television show brought her to the attention of Joshua Logan, director of "Sayonara."


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Ms. Umeki completely withdrew from public life after "The Courtship of Eddie's Father" ended its run. She co-owned and operated a business renting editing equipment to film studios and university film programs before moving to Missouri from North Hollywood, Calif., about five years ago. The only time she performed was about four months ago, when she taught her granddaughter a Japanese song.
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