- Michelle Yeoh
Michelle Yeoh at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival
Chinese name 楊紫瓊 (Traditional) Chinese name 杨紫琼 (Simplified) Pinyin Yáng Zǐqióng (Mandarin) Jyutping Joeng4 Zi2king4 (Cantonese) Birth name Yeoh Choo-Kheng (Iûⁿ Chí-khēng) Born 6 August 1963 
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Occupation Actress/Dancer Years active 1984–present Spouse(s) Dickson Poon (1988–1992)
Michelle Yeoh Choo-Kheng (born 6 August 1963) 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.
She is best known in the Western world for her roles in the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, playing Wai Lin, and the multiple Academy Award-winning Chinese-language martial arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, for which she was nominated the BAFTA for "Best Actress". In 2008, the film critic website Rotten Tomatoes ranked her the greatest action heroine of all time. In 2009, she was listed by People magazine – as the only Asian actress – as one of the "35 All-Time Screen Beauties".
She is credited as Michelle Khan in some of her earlier films. This alias was chosen by the D&B studio who thought it might be more marketable to international and western audiences. Yeoh later preferred using her real name.
Early life and career
Michelle Yeoh Choo Kheng was born to a prominent ethnic Chinese family in Ipoh, Malaysia, on 6 August 1963. Her parents are Janet Yeoh and Yeoh Kian Teik, a lawyer and MCA politician. She was keen on dance from an early age, beginning ballet at the age of four. At the age of 15, she moved with her parents to England, where she was enrolled in a boarding school. Yeoh later studied at the Royal Academy of Dance in London, majoring in ballet. However, a spinal injury prevented her from becoming a professional ballet dancer, and she transferred her attention to choreography and other arts. She later received a B.A. degree in Creative Arts with a minor in Drama.
In 1983, at the age of 21, Yeoh won the Miss Malaysia beauty pageant. She was also Malaysia's representative at the 1983 Miss World pageant in London. 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. 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.
The D&B Group in Hong Kong was run by Dickson Poon. Yeoh married Poon in 1987 and retired from acting. After the couple divorced in 1992, Yeoh returned to acting.
She starred in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies as Wai Lin (1997). Natasha Henstridge was rumored 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 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.
In 2005, Yeoh starred as the graceful Mameha in the film adaptation of Memoirs of a Geisha, and she continued her English-language work in 2007 with Sunshine. In 2008, Michelle Yeoh also starred in fantasy action film The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor with Brendan Fraser and Jet Li.
In 2010, she starred in Reign of Assassins.
In March 2008, she visited Vietnam to film a documentary for the Asian Injury Prevention Foundation (AIPF). On 31 July 2008, she confirmed news that she was engaged to Jean Todt, a leading figure in motor racing, during an interview with Craig Ferguson on CBS's The Late Late Show.
Awards, honours and styles
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.
On 25 November 2002, she was honoured as The Outstanding Young Persons of the World (TOYP) (Cultural Achievement) by JCI (Junior Chamber International).
BAFTA Film Award 2001 – Best Actress (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)
Year Title Role Notes 1984 The Owl vs Bombo Miss Yeung 1985 Yes, Madam Inspector Ng 1985 Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars Judo instructor 1986 In the Line of Duty Michelle Yip a.k.a. Wong ga jin si 1987 Dynamite Fighters Fok Ming-Ming 1987 Easy Money Michelle Yeung a.k.a. Tong tian da dao 1992 Police Story 3: Super Cop Inspector Jessica Yang 1993 The Heroic Trio Ching/Invisible Woman/Number 3 1993 Butterfly and Sword Lady Ko 1993 Executioners Ching/San/Carol 1993 Holy Weapon Ching Sze/To Col Ching 1993 Once a Cop Jessica Yang 1993 Tai Chi Master Siu Lin 1994 Shaolin Popey 2 - Messy Temple Ah King a.k.a. Shao Lin xiao zi II: Xin wu long yuan 1994 Wonder Seven Ying a.k.a. 7 jin gong 1994 Wing Chun Yim Wing Chun 1996 Ah Kam Ah Kam a.k.a A Jin de gu shi 1997 The Soong Sisters Soong Ai-ling/Madam Kung 1997 Tomorrow Never Dies Wai Lin 1999 Moonlight Express Sis a.k.a. Sing yuet tung wa 2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Yu Shu Lien 2002 The Touch Pak Yin Fay 2004 Silver Hawk Lulu Wong / The Silver Hawk 2005 Memoirs of a Geisha Mameha 2006 Fearless Ms. Yang (directors cut only) 2007 Sunshine Corazon 2007 Far North Saiva 2008 The Children of Huang Shi Mrs.Wang 2008 Babylon A.D. Sister Rebeka 2008 The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Zi Yuan 2009 Turning Point Michelle Yeoh Make Roads Safe documentary 2009 Among the Great Apes with Michelle Yeoh (documentary) Michelle Yeoh National Geographic documentary 2010 True Legend Sister Yu 2010 Reign of Assassins Zeng Jing Chinese title Jianyu a.k.a. Jianyu Jianghu 2011 Kung Fu Panda 2 Soothsayer (voice) 2011 The Lady Aung San Suu Kyi
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- Michelle Yeoh at the Internet Movie Database
- Supercop as Woman Warrior at Salon magazine.
- Interview with Michelle Yeoh[dead link] on the Tavis Smiley show
- Sunday Times feature (subscription required)
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