The incredible story – and charm – of Michelle Yeoh: The first Asian Oscar nominee


From Miss Malaysia 1983, to action movie actress, famous “geisha” and eventually starring in the movie “Everything”

At the time of the announcement of the nominations for the Oscars yesterday, the star of the movie “Everything” was together, via zoom, with the directors and her co-star Jonathan Ke Huy Quan (Ke Huy Quan).

“I was terrified and thought, ‘What if I don’t get nominated?'” 60-year-old Michelle Yeoh confessed to Deadline.

The film won the Academy Awards with eleven nominations – including the Academy Award for Best Actress – making Yoo the first actress of Asian descent to do so.

“What that means to me is that all the Asians out there are saying, ‘See, it’s possible. If she can do it, then so can I.” That’s the most important thing,” the actress said.

The film chronicles the adventure of a Chinese-American laundromat owner, Evelyn Wang, who not only struggles to get along with those close to her, but also to pay her taxes.

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“I’m a very normal person. I just work really hard. There are so many brilliant actors out there… All they have to do is find an opportunity and get there,” said Yo.

The Malaysian-born actress won the Miss Malaysia beauty title in 1983 at the age of 20.

She has starred in many action films and is best known for the films ‘Memories of a Geisha’, ‘Tiger and Dragon’ and ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ where she played the spy opposite James Bond -Pierce Brosnan in 1997.

Success at work, happiness in personal life

In June 2004 at a tournament in Shanghai she met businessman and F1 legend Jean Todt and they became engaged a year later – Yoo has said she loves his sense of humor and blue eyes

According to Town and Country magazine, they haven’t gotten married because for nearly two decades they’ve been too busy to plan even the simplest ceremony they both say they want.

“He counts the number of days and not years” says the actress about her partner. “I will ask him, ‘what is the gift for the 6,725 days?'”

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