Quotes [ edit] I wish somebody would help me right now, I didn't expect and have nothing in my mind. jazz band in Japan as Nancy Umeki & was the 1st to record American songs for RCA Victor Japan. Subscribe for full access to The Hollywood Reporter. On television, she is best known as Mrs. Livingston on the situation comedy The Courtship of Eddies Father, starring Bill Bixby, which ran from 1969 through 1972. TOKYO -- Miyoshi Umeki, the first Asian to win an Oscar, died Aug. 28 at a nursing home in Licking, Mo. As a teenager in her native Japan, Miyoshi Umeki began her show business career as a singer and dancer. Born May 8, 1929 in Otaru, Japan. She also enjoyed singing American-styled tunes, much to the chagrin of her parents. From 1969 to 1972, she appeared in The Courtship of Eddie's Father as Mrs. Livingston, the housekeeper, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. Why did Miyoshi Umeki, the only Asian actress to ever win an Oscar, destroy her trophy? Her opportunity came as she signed a contract to become . And that was one of the few things they did hear out of her, based on how Cruz remembers her. , Her appearances on the Godfrey program brought her to the attention of director Joshua Logan, who cast her in Sayonara. From former Indigo1045! Growing up on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, Miyoshi Umeki was obsessed with American pop music and dreamed of making it to the United States after World War II. For three seasons on the Emmy-nominated program, Umeki portrayed the beloved housekeeper and moral and emotional pillar to a single-parent family, before retiring from the screen. After her Oscar win, Umeki starred in the Broadway musical Flower Drum Song, for which she nabbed a Tony nomination in 1959. And they readily did just that last year to honor five decades since the show debuted. Tracks: Miyoshi (album) (MG-20568) (1959) The script was well-written., The absolute love and sacrifice of our grandmother and parents are a universal story, she said in the Korean news conference. She repeated the role in the movie version three years later. She was the first Asian woman to receive an Academy Award, winning Best Supporting Actress for \"Sayonara\" (1957). For her role as Soonja, the foul-mouthed but doting grandmother in Minari who shows signs of dementia after a stroke, she had practiced with a neurologist the strides, posture and facial expressions of people who have the condition. A cover story in Time stated "the warmth of her art works a kind of tranquil magic". Miyoshi Umeki, a demure, appealing actress with a wistful smile and the ability to convey unfettered innocence, was the first Asian performer to win an Oscar. She read the script about dealing with Eddie and what happened? She practiced singing with a bucket over her head to avoid annoying her parents, taped piano-key patterns to the dining-room table to rehearse, and sang with a GI band for 90 cents a night in her teens. . And for Gen-Xers, she remains best known for her supporting role on the sitcom The Courtship of Eddies Father, where she played the kind, demure housekeeper Mrs. Livingston. Then my fame and my name were banished because I was a divorce, Youn said, adding that she refrained from appearing on television at the time. She told me, I know who I am, and I know what I did, Hood says. I was really famous when I was young. He directed 30 episodes of Blossom in two seasons and passed away from. We thought she was great and hired her., Both Bill Bixby and Miyoshi Umeki nailed their parts like no one else could. Her other big-screen credits included A Girl Named Tamiko and The Horizontal Lieutenant. She also played housekeeper Mrs. Livingston throughout the three-year run of the ABC series The Courtship of Eddies Father.. Umeki was a Tony Award and Golden Globe-nominated actress and the first East Asian-American woman to win an Academy Award for acting. She was best known for her Oscar-winning role as Katsumi in the film Sayonara (1957), as well as Mei Li in the Broadway musical and 1961 film Flower Drum Song, and Mrs. Livingston in the television series The Courtship of Eddie's Father. Her son said she had never liked talking about her career, which she left because she wanted to live as a wife and mother. Following this renewed attention, she went into a complete self-imposed retirement.She lived a sedate family life for more than 3 decades. Her performances on West Coast television earned her a regional Emmy Award for Outstanding Female Personality in 1958. I was desperate without a theater degree. (She later scored a Golden Globe nod in 1962 for the film adaptation . Zodiac. and "I'll Walk Alone". To this day, her son isnt sure why she disposed of it, though he says the circumstances of her life at the time as a newly single mother raising a teenager probably didnt help. TELEVISION ACADEMY and ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS & SCIENCES are registered trademarks of ATAS. All Rights Reserved. Again, she demonstrated a demure prowess for gaining attention w/ her 1-season regular role (1955-1956) on the musical variety show Arthur Godfrey and His Friends (1949). Youn, who is close in age to Close, said she envied her courage for playing Blanche, a character symbolizing purity and innocence in her 20s, despite being in her 50s back then. , Her first marriage, to television director Frederick Winfield "Wynn" Opie in 1958, ended in divorce in 1967. Umeki retired from the screen in the 1970s and moved to Missouri with her husband and son. \r\rDISCLAIMER: All rights reserved to the production companies and music labels that distributed and produced the music and performance respectively.  Randall Hood died in 1976. Shortly after her husband, Randall Hood, passed away in 1976, Umeki etched out her name on her Oscar and then threw the trophy away. Inspired casting opposite comedian Red Buttons in a tragic, counterpoint romance as a World War II airman & his naive Japanese war bride who fall victim to post-war prejudice led to supporting Academy Awards for both actors. She retired from show business in 1972 when The Courtship of Eddies Father finished its run. Youn, who currently resides in South Korea, had lived in the U.S. for about 13 years. Mentions of Bill Bixby generate immediate fondness from Brandon Cruz, who played his son. If there was ever any disturbance on the set, it was Miyoshi complaining or letting it be known how she felt. When not vocalizing, she observed. Sayonara co-star Red Buttons and Umeki at the Academy Awards (Getty Images). 1929-05-08. The film was a pop culture phenomenon, reviewed in major papers, and its stars Miyoshi Umeki, Nancy Kwan, Jack Soo, and James Shigeta went on to successful careers in entertainment. Following the success of Flower Drum Song, it was announced in trade papers that Umeki would star in a Universal picture about her own life, titledEleven is Heaven (referencing Umekis upbringing as an 11th child), but ultimately it did not make it to the screen. But while their characters left viewers a memorable performance to remember, they themselves gave castmates memories. Set in post-WWII Japan, Sayonara tackled the controversial subject of interracial romance through its story of white American servicemen (Marlon Brando and Red Buttons) who fall in love with Japanese women (Miiko Taka and Miyoshi Umeki), but are met with prejudice and barriers created by the U.S. military and anti-Asian immigrant laws. Miyoshi Umeki, the Japanese-born singer and actress who became the first Asian performer to win an Academy Award, for her touching role as Red Buttons' wife in the 1957 film "Sayonara," has died. A versatile performer who also had major roles on Broadway and on television, Ms. Umeki played Katsumi in Sayonara, a tragic drama, based on the novel by James Michener, about American servicemen who fall in love with women they meet while stationed in occupied Japan.  She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Flower Drum Song. I knew the emotional potential ofEddies Father, he stated, assuring he was fully aware of its power. , After World War II, Umeki began her career as a nightclub singer in Japan, using the name Nancy Umeki. Despite her win, she would not make another film for 4 years.Following her Oscar win, she starred on Broadway w/ the 1958 musical Flower Drum Song, in which she proved a highlight as a starry-eyed Chinese immigrant/mail-order bride w/ her captivating rendition of A Hundred Million Miracles, earning a Tony nomination in the process. No, I don't admire Hollywood. Miyoshi Umeki, actress, 78 Performer won an Oscar for 'Sayonara' By Pat Saperstein Miyoshi Umeki, who took the supporting actress Oscar for "Sayonara" in 1958 to become the first Asian to win.  Later, in one of her appearances on The Merv Griffin Show, she treated viewers to her impression of singer Billy Eckstine, one of her American favorites growing up. After years of struggling to find parts in film, Umeki co-starred in the ABC sitcomThe Courtship of Eddies Father(1969-1972), which was one of the first American primetime TV shows with an Asian or Asian American leading role. Her \"Academy Award\" winning role from \"Sayonara,\" and several other portrayals. Her 50-year acting career began at the age of 23 in South Korea, spanning from her big screen debut in Kim Ki-youngs Woman of Fire in 1971 that raked instant success to her more recent TV cooking reality show Youns Kitchen, which was rebranded to Youns Stay this year and showcases her no-nonsense personality. This is the result, because Mommy works so hard., "Me, without work you get bored. In one haunting scene after her stroke, Soonja accidentally causes a major fire on her daughter and son-in-laws property. Miyoshi Umeki ( , Umeki Miyoshi, or Miyoshi Umeki, May 8, 1929 August 28, 2007) was a Japanese-American singer and actress. Ms. Umeki turned to Broadway in December 1958 to star as a young Chinese immigrant in Rodgers and Hammersteins Flower Drum Song. She received a Tony nomination in 1959 for best actress and then reprised the role two years later in the film adaptation of the play. In most scenes, her role is to serve Eddie (Brandon Cruz) and his father (Bill Bixby). Sign up for THR news straight to your inbox every day. She's. Didn't know a word of English when she did SP. Umeki won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Sayonara. Feature Film About Prince Andrew's Bombshell BBC Interview Heads to . She died of cancer at age 78 on August 28, 2007 in Licking, Missouri. Bill would go from show to show and they were all high quality. I knew my weakness, so I worked hard to memorize my lines. She's delightful, and unforgettable! Her accomplished vocals and endearing personality landed her a recurring spot on the CBS variety show Arthur Godfrey and His Friends and a contract with Mercury Records in 1955. Mr. Buttons also won the best supporting actor award for his performance in the film. He said my performance was very respectable and whatnot, but Im old. Miyoshi Umeki, 78, Actress Who Won an Oscar in 57, Dies, https://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/06/arts/06umeki.html, Miyoshi Umeki and Red Buttons in the 1957 film "Sayonara. She was 78. . But I dont really believe the words of Americans. Watch the full episode of Hollywoods Greatest Untold Stories now on PeopleTV. Very old woman now of course but she seems nice enough. All Rights Reserved. Umeki won the Academy Award for best supporting actress in 1957 after playing opposite Red Buttons in Sayonara, the screen version of the James Michener novel about a U.S. soldier who falls in love amid the chaos at the end of World War II. (She later scored a Golden Globe nod in 1962 for the film adaptation.) Actress Miyoshi Umeki, who won an Oscar for her performance as the doomed wife of an American serviceman in "Sayonara" and later starred in the Broadway musical "Flower Drum Song," has . Miyoshi Umeki accepting her Academy Award in 1958, Born May 8, 1929 in Otaru, Japan, Miyoshi Umeki led a multifaceted and historically significant career as one of the few actors of Asian descent to attain prominence in Hollywood motion pictures, television and on Broadway. She was a shin Issei, or post-1945 immigrant from Japan. Their vocabulary is so fancy. No, I don't admire Hollywood. Kildare, Rawhide and Mister Ed.. She was 78. it was children relating to parents as well as parents dealing with children. When Kelly is transferred back to the United States and prevented from taking Katsumi with him, both characters commit suicide. Miyoshi Umeki ( , Umeki Miyoshi, or Miyoshi Umeki, May 8, 1929 - August 28, 2007) was a Japanese-American singer and actress. Cry for Happy (1961) Lobby Card of Miiko Taka, Glenn Ford, Donald O'Connor, and Miyoshi Umeki.jpg 1,600 1,268; 240 KB. The MCUs tiniest heroes are kicking off its biggest phase yet, setting up the next several years of storytelling. Courtship, however, did not try to mince words constantly. The cause was complications of cancer, said her son, Michael Hood. He always had 15 different things going at once and partly because of that, he was alwayslate. It can be a little cringe-inducing now to watch this Oscar-winner in a role that does little more than reinforce a Western fantasy of Asian women, but like most minority actors of her era, Umeki who died in 2007 at 78 of complications from cancer faced what must have been an agonizing choice between being visible, in roles that were beneath her, or being unseen altogether. From growing up around Miyoshi for four years, I didnt sense a lot of joy, but I felt her strength and her determination, he says, adding that instead of complaining, Umeki used her standing to open doors for fellow Asian actors including Pat Morita and George Takei, who both guest-starred on the series and to improve on-set life. Her husband, Randall Hood, died in 1976. In 2011 after a lifetime as an adoptive only child, Michael received the best Christmas gift by meeting his. As crazy as his private life might have been, publicly and professionally he was pretty much a goodie goodie. Kristina Holland, who played secretary Tina Rickles, backed this claim, emphasizing the contrast between private mess and public success. She co-starred in the ABC sitcom \"The Courtship of Eddies Father\" (1969-1972), which was one of the first American primetime TV shows with an Asian or Asian American leading role. It was not, in other words, the kind of speech we would expect today from someone who has just crashed through Hollywoods bamboo ceiling, and in ways large and small, Umekis career would be shaped by that passive, reverent image of her. During her recording career in Japan, Miyoshi recorded the following songs: Two other Japanese language songs were recorded in 1952. (When my father passed away, Mom took it real hard, he remembers.)  The couple had one sonMichael H. Opie, born in 1964. It wasnt perfect, but TV in a half-hour format is an awesome challenge. In 1957, she starred opposite Marlon Brando and Red Buttons in Sayonara, playing Katsumi, the submissive, doomed wife of Buttons American airman. His wife was a Japanese-born actress who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress back in 1957. Certainly not the cast. She also enjoyed singing American-styled tunes, much to the chagrin of her parents. He was blessed throughout his life with a brotherhood of many friends. 2014. Pam Grier reflects on her most iconic roles, from Coffy to Jackie Brown. The following 37 files are in this category, out of 37 total. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents. She also enjoyed singing American-styled tunes, much to the chagrin of her parents. Reflecting on the show as it turned 50, Cruz explained, She was very quiet and very private. This propensity for Americanized pop songs later paid off.Although she projected the typical Japanese female stereotype of humbleness, delicacy & subservience in most of her prime film & stage roles, she was nevertheless an assertive scene-stealer. The reason I keep coming is because if I come to the States and work, maybe I'm able to see my son one more time," the Oscar-winning actress said. TOKYO -- Miyoshi Umeki, the first Asian to win an Oscar, died Aug. 28 at a nursing home in Licking, Mo. When asked what advice she would give her two sons, she echoed her award speech that thanked her two sons, who make me go out and work. But he was great fun and had great enthusiasm, and just in general had a zest for life.. I've only added the footage as a tribute for historical, entertainment, and creative purposes with no financial gain. Miyoshi Umeki, an expressive actress of innocent charm who in 1957 was the first Asian performer to win an Oscar, as best supporting actress in her first Hollywood film, "Sayonara . Birthplace: Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan. During her early success, she married one of South Koreas prominent singers, Jo Young-nam, who sang a mix of trot, pop, folk and Christian music. From then on, I realized I would work as an actor forever, she said. Her other credits include "Cry for Happy" (1961), "The Horizontal Lieutenant" (1962), and "A Girl Named Tamiko" (1963). Randall was a Hollywood director who spent his last years in Licking. Miyoshi Umeki, for her part, provided stern wisdom no matter who wanted to hear it or not. 21 Photos Miyoshi Umeki was born as the youngest of 9 children. But even though it seemed to have been an act of rage, her explanation to him at the time appeared to avoid any expression of strong emotion. Her next starring role in the stage (1958) and film (1961) adaptations of \"Flower Drum Song\" also broke new ground: it was the first Broadway musical to feature a predominantly Asian and Asian American cast, and garnered Umeki a Tony Award nomination. When some project comes from America, people in Korea think I admire Hollywood, she said. Once, after noticing how Bixby relocated his dressing room closer to the stages, she made her own request. She often performed on radio programs and in nightclubs. Honorary Academy Award  To Hayao Miyazaki, a master storyteller whose animated artistry has inspired filmmakers and audiences around the world. Her heartbreaking performance won her the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, making her the first Asian actor of either gender to win, and still the only Asian actress to earn an Academy Award. Thats from the bottom of my heart.. She moved to New York in 1955, and within a few years, she had made her American dreams come true. Her next starring role in the stage (1958) and film (1961) adaptations of Flower Drum Song also broke new ground: it was the first Broadway musical to feature a predominantly Asian and Asian American cast, and garnered Umeki a Tony Award nomination. She also played. In 1958, she played the lead as the Chinese mail-order bride in Rodgers and Hammersteins stage production of Flower Drum Song, which earned her a Tony nomination. She died August 28, 2007, at the age of 78, from cancer.. The Archive is renowned for its pioneering efforts to rescue, preserve and showcase moving image media. Your career, it's a part of you, representing your name and yourself.. Some of the songs she sang during this period were "It Isn't Fair", "Sentimental Me", "My Foolish Heart", "With A Song In My Heart", "Again", "Vaya con Dios", "(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window?" She is probably best known for her appearence in the 1961 film FLOWER DRUM SONG. Miyoshi Umeki, an expressive actress of innocent charm who in 1957 was the first Asian performer to win an Oscar, as best supporting actress in her first Hollywood film, Sayonara, died on Aug. 28 in Licking, Mo. A new Asian cliche emerged that of the docile war bride, best exemplified by Miyoshi Umeki's Oscar-winning role in "Sayonara." To this day, she is the only Asian actress to have won an. Host: Mike Wallace. The Daily Telegraph. She appeared as a guest in numerous other series in the 1960s, including The Donna Reed Show, Dr. And each of them, in turn, gave audiences a lot to celebrate from this sitcom. Youn, who was also caught sharing air kisses with Close during the Oscars, said she had seen the actress play A Streetcar Named Desire in London while on fellowship at Churchill College at the University of Cambridge in the early 2000s. Thats how Miyoshi Umeki got brought on. However, there came a time in her life when her faith and strength were challenged. She chose the former, remaining an enigma in the public imagination, but her true feelings about Hollywood may have been more complex. I'll be going back home, and I will start working again., The script was like the Bible for me, she added, pointing to the How do you get to Carnegie Hall? punchline, which is, Practice.. She also enjoyed singing American-styled tunes, much to the chagrin of her parents. In her first Hollywood film, Sayonara . Fated to be parted when he is ordered to return to the U.S., the pair commits suicide.  She recorded mostly American jazz standards, which she sang partially in Japanese and partially in English, or solely in either language. I didnt want to be a nuisance to others., It's a very happy moment, when I got the award. Japanese American actress Miyoshi Umeki poses with her Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in "Sayonara" in Los Angeles,CA. Her onscreen fianc in the film, Red . The daughter of a prominent Japanese iron factory owner, she developed an early passion for music, learning to play the mandolin, harmonica & piano. Her onscreen fianc in the film, Red Buttons, also won that night. Honorary Academy Award  To Akira Kurosawa for accomplishments that have inspired, delighted, enriched and entertained audiences and influenced filmmakers throughout the world. A newly digitized 35mm newsreel from the Archives Hearst Metrotone News collection documents Umekis historic Oscar win for Best Supporting Actress for Sayonara (1957) at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. Back To The Future Cast Reunites Virtually On Zoom, This Is When All Of The U.S. Theme Parks Will Reopen, Fisherman Reels In Record-Breaking 9-Foot Catfish. The reason I keep coming is because if I come to the States and work, maybe I'm able to see my son one more time. Although a guest on many television variety shows, she appeared in only four more movies through 1962, including the film version of Flower Drum Song (1961). "Hayao Miyazaki interview: 'I think the peaceful time that we are living in is coming to an end ' ".  She married Randall Hood in 1968, who adopted her son, changing his name to Michael Randall Hood. The daughter of a prominent Japanese iron factory owner, she developed an early passion for music, learning to play the mandolin, harmonica & piano. After spells on radio and TV in Japan, she moved to the U.S. in 1955, when she quickly caught the attention of Sayonara director Joshua Logan. says the actress. She moved to the United States in 1955 and after appearing on the Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts (she was a series regular for one season), she signed with the Mercury Records label and released several singles and two albums. Dont you think?" he subsequently married TV director Randall Hood in 1968. "I wanted to make it clear that even back in 1958, Miyoshi Umeki was the first Asian woman to win an Oscar all those years ago." Umeki, who won the Academy Award for best supporting actress. Faced with the choice to suffer in silence or speak her truth, the author chose to 'let go and let God.' Miyoshi grew up in a loving and caring environment. Her dream was to come here and entertain., That dream, though, seems to have come at a cost to her spirit. Her 1958 marriage to TV producer/director Win Opie ended in divorce after 9 years.  Life [ edit] **Please note: the Archive Research and Study Center is currently closed due to UCLAs response to COVID-19. . She retired from acting following the end of the series. Pam Grier reflects on her most iconic roles, from, Hollywoods Greatest Untold Stories now on PeopleTV. I said, Thats wrong; lets get someone who usually wouldnotwork as a housekeeper. I wanted a Japanese housekeeper, so we looked around and in comes Miyoshi Umeki, who won an Academy Award [for 1957sSayonara]. After her Oscar win, Umeki starred in the Broadway musical Flower Drum Song, for which she nabbed a Tony nomination in 1959. She was 78. Media in category "Miyoshi Umeki". Miyoshi Umeki was born as the youngest of 9 children. Newsreel from the Archive's Hearst Metrotone News collection. Courtship of Eddies Father 1969.JPG 1,261 1,600; 406 KB. After prevailing at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and BAFTA, she is in a great position to become the first-ever Korean actor to win an Oscar in the academy's 93-year history. She became an extremely popular radio & nightclub artist, which sparked a move to the U.S. in 1955. Born on May 8, 1929, in Otaru, Hokkaido, Ms. Umeki began her career as a nightclub singer in Japan, billing herself as Nancy Umeki. Age (2022) Update Soon. of Japan.  Umeki appeared in the film adaptation of the musical. TOKYO Miyoshi Umeki, the first Asian to win an Oscar, died Aug. 28 at a nursing home in Licking, Mo. Go to PeopleTV.com, or download the PeopleTV app on your favorite mobile or connected TV device. Japanese American singer Miyoshi Umeki earned the trophy for 1957's "Sayonara" more than six decades ago. Entertainment Weekly may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. At 38, she considered working as a cashier at a Publix grocery store in Florida, earning a minimum wage of $2.75, to support her two boys. 2023 The Hollywood Reporter, LLC. As a subscriber, you have 10 gift articles to give each month. Indeed, Bill Bixby admired as much during a 1984 interview. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser. She often performed on radio . On this Wikipedia the language links are at the top of the page across from the article title. Featured guest: Miyoshi Umeki.Preserved by the UCLA Film \u0026 Television Archive.Miyoshi Umeki (1929-2007) led a multifaceted and historically significant career as one of the few actors of Asian descent to attain prominence in Hollywood motion pictures, television and on Broadway. . Her first marriage ended in divorce. She thought it was her only option due to language barriers and the weight of the stigma in Korea. How Marvel went big with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. I wish somebody would help me right now, she said, seeming to struggle with the language barrier. So, she moved to New York City in 1955 and sought out a career as an actress. Her answer was very simple: I didnt like doing it, but when someone pays you to do a job, you do the job, and you do your best.. EMMY, EMMYS, and the Emmy Statuette are registered trademarks and/or copyrights Of ATAS and NATAS. The daughter of a prominent Japanese iron factory owner, she developed an early passion for music, learning to play the mandolin, harmonica & piano. Flower Drum Song (Film Soundtrack; 1961), Decca Records. And that was one of the few things they didhear out of her, based on how Cruz remembers her. It is dedicated to ensuring that film history is explored and enjoyed for generations to come. The Mike Wallace Interview: Miyoshi Umeki (1959) 6,210 views May 8, 2021 The Mike Wallace Interview Record date: April 20, 1959 .more .more Dislike Share Save UCLA Film & Television. Miyoshi got what she wanted by just being smart and quiet., Quiet, sure, but never meek. Bill brought a certain class to it and Bill never did anything that kids couldnt watch. She also enjoyed singing American-styled tunes, much to the chagrin of her parents. This is a major loss to the Japanese movie industry, said Yuko Nakano, a spokeswoman for the Motion Pictures Producers Assn. Director: Max Miller. Her other appearances were supporting roles in the naval comedy Cry for Happy (1961), The Horizontal Lieutenant (1962) & A Girl Named Tamiko (1962). Bill was extremely intelligent, a little bit manic. Miyoshi Umeki was a Japanese-born actress who knew from an early age that she wanted to make it big in Hollywood. An accomplished vocalist, Umeki appeared on many popular variety TV shows and earned a regional Emmy Award for Outstanding Female Personality in 1958. Robert F. Solow on hiring Miyoshi Umeki and Brandon Cruz for The Courtship of Eddie's Father. IE 11 is not supported. Miyoshi Umeki was born as the youngest of 9 children. No, I don't admire Hollywood. She was the first Asian performer to win an Academy Award for acting. Browse 115 miyoshi umeki stock photos and images available, or start a new search to explore more stock photos and images. Miyoshi Umeki was the first East-Asian actress to win an Oscar, for the drama Sayonara. Sept. 6, 2007. 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