Michelle Yeoh
Chinese actress
Michelle Yeoh
Michelle Yeoh Choo-Kheng is a Hong Kong-based Malaysian Chinese actress, well known for performing her own stunts in the action films that brought her to fame in the early 1990s. Born in Ipoh, Malaysia, she is based in Hong Kong and was chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World in 1997.
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'Star Trek: Discovery' Will Feature A Brand New Gay Character
Huffington Post - 3 months
History was made in the “Star Trek” universe earlier this year when beloved character Hikaru Sulu was revealed to be gay in the latest big-screen installment of the iconic franchise. Although that move divided Trekkies, the universe is about to get even more inclusive. Stage and screen star Anthony Rapp has joined the cast of CBS’s “Star Trek: Discovery” as Lt. Stamets, an “astromycologist,” fungus expert, and Starfleet Science Officer who also happens to be gay, Entertainment Weekly reports. Also joining the lineup of “Discovery,” which will debut in May 2017 and is the first new “Star Trek” series since “Enterprise,” are Michelle Yeoh and Doug Jones, with additional casting to be announced by CBS in the coming weeks, according to Variety.   Rapp, who is best known for originating the role of Mark Cohen in the smash Broadway musical, “Rent,” expressed his excitement about the new project on Twitter.  So proud to be a part of this journey. I'm a longtime fan and supe ...
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'Star Trek: Discovery' reveals its first cast members
Yahoo News - 3 months
Michelle Yeoh, Doug Jones and Anthony Rapp will beam up for the newest series in the sci-fi franchise. As promised, the show will feature a gay character.
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Michelle Yeoh coy about 'Star Trek' as Singapore festival opens
Reuters.com - 3 months
(Reuters) - Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh, one of Asia's biggest film stars, played coy about her reported casting in the upcoming television show "Star Trek: Discovery" during a red carpet appearance at Singapore's film festival on Wednesday.
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Jackie Chan Finally Wins Honorary Oscar After 56 Years And 200 Films
Huffington Post - 3 months
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Actress Michelle Yeoh invites people to join panda naming campaign
Reuters.com - 9 months
UNDP Goodwill Ambassador and award-winning actress, Michelle Yeoh, calls for more people to join the global naming campaign of two pandas, which are UNDP's first-ever Animal Ambassadors. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: #OscarsNotWhite - Hypothetical Nominations That Should've Happened Since 2000
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Will and Jada aren't going. Spike Lee will be courtside at the Knicks. Tyrese Gibson and 50 Cent want Chris Rock to step down as host of this year's Academy Awards. I get it. I really do. The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag is on-point. The voters dropped the ball last year when they failed to give a nomination to anyone of color in major categories. Ditto for this year, and years before this and last year. Having said all of this, each nominee these past two years in top categories have been deserving. It's not as if Will Smith was snubbed for Concussion in place of David Spade for Joe Dirt 2. Snubs happen. But to flip it back to the start, something clearly needs to be done. Below, I've compiled a list of nominees of color over the last 15 years that should've received nominations and even won the statue. Before you read my choices (and feel free to put yours down in the comments section below), I'll say this: anyone who is asking Rock to step down is wrong. If ever you want your voice ...
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Michelle Yeoh reprises her role in 'Crouching Tiger' sequel
Yahoo News - about 1 year
BEIJING (AP) — Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh said Tuesday that she has been waiting many years to reprise her role in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" in an upcoming sequel to the supernatural martial arts movie.
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Hollywood's Diversity Problem Doesn't Get More Obvious Than This
Huffington Post - over 1 year
From Ava DuVernay to Salma Hayek to Michelle Yeoh, there's no shortage of talented women of color in Hollywood -- which is why the latest cover of The Hollywood Reporter is sticking out like a sore thumb.  The lack of diversity was so obvious, the magazine couldn't help but address it with an essay titled "Why Every Actress on The Hollywood Reporter Roundtable Cover Is White."  Why Every Actress on The Hollywood Reporter Roundtable Cover Is White https://t.co/Jsy9znNW6Z pic.twitter.com/SN0emCLGly — Hollywood Reporter (@THR) November 18, 2015 Each year the magazine picks actresses from the big and small screen who are likely to be contenders for shiny statues come awards season.  While praising the eight critically-acclaimed women chosen for this year's roundtable, THR Executive Editor Stephen Galloway noted that "even for me, a white man, it was impossible to ignore the fact that every one of these women was white" "That was appalling," Galloway sai ...
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Malaysian elections expose worrying social schisms
Fox News - almost 4 years
It was hardly the look of the victorious. Wearing a bright blue shirt and a grim expression, Prime Minister Najib Razak appeared before the media early Monday to somberly acknowledge that his coalition had won general elections for the 13th time in a row. He had reason to be cheerless. The National Front coalition's victory in Sunday's parliamentary elections despite losing the popular vote has not only exposed the entrenched racial divide in the country but also a new schism — between the rural poor who preferred the status quo and the urban middle-class who wanted change. Healing the divisions will be a big challenge for Najib, who took the oath of office Monday to begin his second five-year term after surviving the fiercest challenge to the National Front's 56-year rule. If left untended, the racial and social divisions could undermine the stability of Southeast Asia's third-largest economy. On the face of it, the National Front appears ...
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Jon Chattman: Things I'd Like To See In "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2"
Huffington Post - about 4 years
For the most part, sequel to iconic films tend to disappoint. For every Godfather and X2, there seem to be dozens upon dozens of films like Arthur 2: On the Rocks or Another 48 Hours. Yep, sometimes too much of a good thing turns out to be a bad thing. This week some out-of-left-field news dropped when various news outlets reported that filming will begin this year on a follow-up to the 2000 Oscar-winning martial arts classic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. That film, which starred Chow Yun Fat and Zhang Ziyi, garnered ten Oscar nominations (winning four), was a worldwide smash, raking up over 200 million, and propelled director Ang Lee to the A-List. This Chinese film, in my opinion ( you expected someone elses?), was a near-perfect film, and got robbed of a Best Picture win. With that said, the news of a sequel seems as necessary as trying to teach a real cat to recite the fictional MC Skat Kat's verses of Paula Abdul's "Opposites Attract." It's going to be very difficul ...
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Lily Kwong: Shiatzy Chen at Paris Fashion Week: East Meets West at Le Grand Hotel
Huffington Post - over 4 years
I ran into casting director Kannon Rajah in the lobby of Hotel Costes (I know it sounds like this is the only place I went while in Paris -- but it's not true! I swear I only went twice, but apparently this is where things happen during Paris Fashion Week). I was coming for an appointment, he was just going, and as Kannon drifted off with a group of very important-looking (and handsome!) gentlemen, he insisted: "You really have to come to the show I'm working on -- Shiatzy Chen, it's really special. Mel is working on it!" "Mel" is only one of the coolest women working in fashion. In fact, she was really my first contact with the fashion world. I used to spend a lot of time at my cousin Joseph's studio, Altuzarra. Five years ago, Altuzarra was a very small brand, and I was always hanging around because the studio... was my apartment! That's right, I used to live among samples and swatches, interns and garment racks, mood boards and the occasional model. Altuzarra has since g ...
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Fantasia Fest 3-View: ‘The Sword Identity,’ ‘The Haunting of Julia,’ ‘Reign of Assassins’
Film School Rejects - over 4 years
Montreal’s Fantasia Fest has one of the most gargantuan lineups of genre titles of any film festival in the world. Its diverse roster of foreign and domestic crowd-pleasers is an absolute marvel, and we’ve been covering it with gusto. Today, we bring you a selection of these films in a capsule format we like to call the 3-View. This time around we’ve got two period martial arts films and a classic, if maybe a touch underseen, 70s ghost story starring Mia Farrow. Just think of it as a Mia Farrow sandwich. Oh, and could someone please get Mia Farrow a sandwich? The Sword Identity (2011) Dir: Haofeng Xu During the Ming Dynasty, two strangers bearing exceedingly large swords wander into a village with the hope of teaching their particular brand of swordsmanship. The welcome they receive from the village leaders and military is less than hospitable. Mistaken for Japanese pirates, the two swordsmen must prove themselves as far more than teachers. What follows is an unorthodox ...
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“Family Fun & Flix” in Union County Parks Begins July 10 at Warinanco Park
Berkeley Heights Patch - over 4 years
In a press release from Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders:      The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks & Community Renewal are happy to announce the schedule of “Family Fun and Flix” – the free summer entertainment and film series on Tuesday evenings that gives families a chance to enjoy an outdoor activity and catch a movie under the stars in a Union County park. “Family Fun and Flix begins at dusk, but come early to the park to enjoy interesting preview activities at 7:30 p.m. that are fun for the whole family,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.  “Bring a blanket or beach chair to claim your spot on the lawn or save a seat in the bleachers – either way, the early birds are sure to like the preview activity before each movie.” Come to Warinanco Park, on the border of Elizabeth and Roselle, on Tuesday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. when naturalists from Trailside Nature & Science Center will display some of the ...
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Tamar Abrams: Bones' Tamara Taylor Has Overcome Shyness and Orthodontia to Conquer Hollywood
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Fans of Fox's show Bones have actress/singer Diana Ross to thank for one of the lead characters. Tamara Taylor, who has played the pivotal role of Dr. Camille Saroyan for six seasons, was inspired to become an actress by Diana Ross. "I saw Mahogany and Lady Sings the Blues when I was little and thought, that's what I want to do," recalls the Canadian-born Taylor. It was an odd career aspiration given that little Tamara was, by her own admission, really shy. "I was an only child and my mom threw me into some modeling classes to get me out of my shell," she says. Taylor didn't follow the usual path of aspiring actors -- no childhood dance or acting classes. The daughter of a Black musician father and a Scottish mom who worked as a property manager, Taylor grew up in Toronto. She says she was "a bit of a pariah" in high school. "I had braces and headgear and pimples," she says, "and I didn't belong to any clubs. But because beauty is only skin deep, when you're not beautiful ...
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Nokia May Be Close to Shedding Vertu for $265 Million
News Factor - almost 5 years
Rumors swirled last December about Nokia selling off its Vertu unit. Now, news reports suggest the wireless handset maker is in late-stage talks with European private equity group Permira to sell the asset for some $265 million. Nokia launched Vertu in 1998. The luxury phone unit sells devices that cost upward of $5,000 and as much as $315,000, rivaling exotic car brands and fine watches. The phones are made by hand, and often include diamonds and hand-stitched leather. Nokia doesn't offer specific earnings for Vertu in its quarterly reports. But the Financial Times reports the unit drives between $268 million and $402 million annually. Vertu has flagship boutiques in London, Paris, Milan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, New York and Las Vegas. The phones are sold in more than 50 countries. Exclusive Mobile Phones We asked Avi Greengart, an analyst at Current Analysis, his take on Nokia's rumored move to exit the luxury mobile-phone business. He told us the decision would repre ...
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7. The Lady welcomes guests to charity screening
The Star Online - almost 5 years
SUBANG JAYA: Datuk Michelle Yeoh looked elegant in a white dress as she greeted guests who attended a charity screening of her latest movie The Lady.
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Michelle Yeoh Named As Ambassador For Live To Love
Green Celebrity Network - almost 5 years
Michelle Yeoh, internationally acclaimed actress and most recent recipient of France’s highest decoration “the Legion of Honour”, joins Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan in becoming the second Global Ambassador of Live to Love. Live to Love is an international humanitarian initiative established by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa, founder of the Druk White Lotus School, better known today as “Rancho’s School”, the school made popular by the runaway hit “3 Idiots”. Michelle has volunteered her services to promote the secular humanitarian initiative. Aamir Khan had earlier pledged his support for Live to Love’s core causes focused towards protection of the environment and the spread of education in the Himalayan belt. “We are delighted that Michelle Yeoh has agreed to support the cause of the Live to Love Foundation. I believe that celebrity patrons like Michelle and Aamir Khan can play a significant role in not only raising global awareness about our mission and goals, but through ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michelle Yeoh
    FIFTIES
  • 2014
    Age 50
    Yeoh has also recently branched out into television, as it was announced in September 2014 that she had accepted her first television role on the fifth and final season of Strike Back.
    More Details Hide Details Yeoh plays the role of Mei Foster, wife to the British Ambassador to Thailand, and who is secretly a North Korean spy named Li-Na.
  • FORTIES
  • 2013
    Age 49
    On 30 November 2013, she presided as the Chief Guest at the International Film Festival of India.
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    On 1 June 2013, she was awarded the Panglima Setia Mahkota (PSM) which carries the title Tan Sri during the investiture ceremony in conjunction with the birthday of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah.
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    Michelle Yeoh received the Excellence in Asian Cinema award during the seventh annual Asian Film Awards on March 2013 in Hong Kong.
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  • 2012
    Age 48
    On 22 May 2012, she was awarded the Darjah Seri Paduka Mahkota Perak (SPMP) which carries the title Datuk Seri' during the investiture ceremony in conjunction with the Sultan of Perak Sultan Azlan Shah's birthday.
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    On 14 March 2012, the then French President Nicolas Sarkozy awarded her the Officier de la Légion d'honneur.
    More Details Hide Details The decoration was presented to her at a ceremony held at the president's official residence, the Elysee Palace on that day.
  • 2011
    Age 47
    In 2011, she received a special award for her contribution to Malaysian cinema at Malaysian Film Festival (FFM 24).
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    Yeoh was blacklisted by the Burmese government allegedly because of her participation in The Lady; she was refused entry to Myanmar on 22 June 2011 and was deported on the same day.
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  • 2008
    Age 44
    In 2008 she confirmed a new engagement to Jean Todt, a leading figure in motor racing, during an interview with Craig Ferguson on CBS's The Late Late Show.
    More Details Hide Details She is a Buddhist. In March 2008, she visited Vietnam to film a documentary for the Asian Injury Prevention Foundation (AIPF). Yeoh is also a patron of the Save China's Tigers project committed to protect the endangered South China tiger.
  • 2007
    Age 43
    The decoration was presented to her in a ceremony in Kuala Lumpur on 3 October 2007.
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    On 23 April 2007, the then French President Jacques Chirac awarded her Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2002
    Age 38
    On 25 November 2002, she was honoured as The Outstanding Young Persons of the World (TOYP) (Cultural Achievement) by JCI (Junior Chamber International).
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  • 2001
    Age 37
    On 19 April 2001, Yeoh was awarded the Darjah Datuk Paduka Mahkota Perak (DPMP), which carries the title Dato' by Sultan Azlan Shah, the Sultan of Perak, her home state, in recognition of the fame she brought to the state.
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  • 1999
    Age 35
    In 1999, she was a member of the jury at the 49th Berlin International Film Festival.
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  • 1997
    Age 33
    In 1997, she played Soong Ai-ling in the award winning The Soong Sisters.
    More Details Hide Details In 2011, she portrayed Aung San Suu Kyi in Luc Besson's The Lady.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1993
    Age 29
    She acted in The Heroic Trio in 1993, and the Yuen Woo-ping films Tai Chi Master and Wing Chun in 1994.
    More Details Hide Details Yeoh learned English and Malay before Cantonese. She learned the lines for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon phonetically. She starred in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies as Wai Lin (1997). Natasha Henstridge was rumoured to be cast in the lead Bond girl role but eventually Yeoh was confirmed. Brosnan was impressed, describing her as a "wonderful actress" who was "serious and committed about her work". He referred to her as a "female James Bond" in reference to her combat abilities. She wanted again to perform her own stunts but was prevented because director Roger Spottiswoode considered it too dangerous. Still, she performed all of her own fighting scenes. Thereafter, she was offered the role of Seraph in the two sequels to The Matrix, but she could not accept due to a scheduling conflict (the Matrix writers then changed Seraph into a male character and cast Collin Chou in the role). In 2002, she produced her first English film, The Touch, through her own production company, Mythical Films.
  • 1992
    Age 28
    After the couple divorced in 1992, Yeoh returned to acting.
    More Details Hide Details Yeoh's performance in Police Story 3: Super Cop marked her comeback.
  • 1988
    Age 24
    Yeoh was married to Hong Kong entrepreneur Dickson Poon, owner of businesses such as Harvey Nichols and Charles Jourdan, from 1988 to 1992.
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  • 1987
    Age 23
    Yeoh married Poon in 1987 and retired from acting.
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  • 1985
    Age 21
    Yeoh started her film career acting in action and martial arts films such as Yes, Madam in 1985, after which she did most of her own stunts.
    More Details Hide Details The D&B Group in Hong Kong was run by Dickson Poon.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1983
    Age 19
    She was also Malaysia's representative at the Miss World 1983 pageant in London.
    More Details Hide Details From there, she appeared in a television commercial with Jackie Chan which caught the attention of a fledgling Hong Kong film production company, D&B Films.
    She represented Malaysia at the Queen of the Pacific 1983 beauty pageant which was held in Australia and won the crown.
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    In 1983, at the age of 20, Yeoh won the Miss Malaysia beauty pageant.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1962
    Age -2
    Born on August 6, 1962.
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