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Also Known As: Yeung Chi King, Michelle Khan, Yang Ziqiong, Yeoh Choo-Kheng Died:
Born: August 6, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Ipoh, Perak, MY Profession: actor, producer, dancer, choreographer, athlete

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Hailed by critics and colleagues for both her beauty and versatility, Hong Kong film star Michelle Yeoh was a woman who gained fame and fortune by going toe-to-toe against her male counterparts in numerous action films and martial arts flicks. Like action hero Jackie Chan, Yeoh was celebrated for performing her own death-defying stunts and handling her own fight scenes, which were not without their inherent dangers and brushes with near-death. She emerged as a contracted player for D&B Films, which groomed the actress to become Asia's top female action star in movies like "Super Cops" (1985) and "Magnificent Warriors" (1988). Yeoh gained an international footing with the successful cross-continent actioner ""Police Story 3: Supercop" (1992), starring opposite Jackie Chan, before making her official U.S. debut alongside Pierce Brosnan's James Bond in "Tomorrow Never Dies" (1997). From there, she oscillated between Hong Kong and American films before being elevated to the next level in the critically hailed international hit, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (2000), which contained one of her most respected performances. Yeoh next starred in major Hollywood films like "Memoirs of a Geisha" (2005), as...

Hailed by critics and colleagues for both her beauty and versatility, Hong Kong film star Michelle Yeoh was a woman who gained fame and fortune by going toe-to-toe against her male counterparts in numerous action films and martial arts flicks. Like action hero Jackie Chan, Yeoh was celebrated for performing her own death-defying stunts and handling her own fight scenes, which were not without their inherent dangers and brushes with near-death. She emerged as a contracted player for D&B Films, which groomed the actress to become Asia's top female action star in movies like "Super Cops" (1985) and "Magnificent Warriors" (1988). Yeoh gained an international footing with the successful cross-continent actioner ""Police Story 3: Supercop" (1992), starring opposite Jackie Chan, before making her official U.S. debut alongside Pierce Brosnan's James Bond in "Tomorrow Never Dies" (1997). From there, she oscillated between Hong Kong and American films before being elevated to the next level in the critically hailed international hit, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (2000), which contained one of her most respected performances. Yeoh next starred in major Hollywood films like "Memoirs of a Geisha" (2005), as well as Danny Boyle's acclaimed sci-fi thriller "Sunshine" (2007), which helped widen her horizons. Throughout her career, Yeoh was capable of matching her male colleagues without ever compromising her femininity, making her one of the most versatile actresses to have emerged from Hong Kong in years.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
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 True Legend (2011)
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 Far North (2008)
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 Sunshine (2007)
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 Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) Mameha
10.
 Touch, The (2002) Yan Fei
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Moved to England to attend the Royal Academy of Dance
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Left the Royal Academy of Dance in London after a ballet injury halted her postgraduate work
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Began appearing in stage productions
1983:
Awarded the title of Miss Malaysia
1983:
While vacationing in Hong Kong as Miss Malaysia, approached by D&B Films to make a commercial with Jackie Chan
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Signed with D&B Films
1985:
Feature debut, "Owl vs. Dumbo"
1985:
Began starring in action films with her second feature "Yes, Madam!"
1989:
Announced her retirement from acting at the request of her husband Dickson Poon
1992:
Returned to acting after divorce and teamed with Jackie Chan for "Police Story 3: Supercop"
1996:
US feature debut, "Supercop"; credited as Michelle Khan
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Suffered first major injury while making "Stunt Woman/Ah Kam/The Story of Stuntwoman Ah Kam"
1997:
Announced as the new 'Bond girl' opposite Pierce Brosnan in "Tomorrow Never Dies"
2000:
Signed five-year joint venture with Media Asia Group to produce and star in films under her own banner Mythical Films
2000:
Co-starred with Chow Yun Fat in Ang Lee's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"
2002:
Produced (also starred) "The Touch"
2005:
Cast as Mameha, the elegant and experienced geisha in Rob Marshall's film version of "Memoirs of a Geisha"
2007:
Cast in Danny Boyle's Sci-fi thriller, "Sunshine"
2008:
Cast in the fantasy action film "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor"
2008:
Cast in Mathieu Kassovitz's "Babylon A.D."
2010:
Played a cobra trainer in the remake of "The Karate Kid"
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Education

Royal Academy of Dance: -

Notes

Yeoh, then Yeoh Chu-Kheng, adopted the name Michelle after three years in Hong Kong thereby becoming Michelle Yeoh. With the guidance of manager Terence Chang, she chose the name Khan for her introduction to the English-speaking film market, although she later reverted to using Yeoh.

In April 2001, was awarded the title of Datuk in her native Malaysia by Sultan Azlan Shah.

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husband:
Dickson Poon. Studio owner. Billionaire; owner of D and B Films; purchased the London-based Harvey Nicholls department store; met c. 1984; married in 1988; convinced her to leave HK film industry; divorced in 1991.

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father:
Yeoh Kian Geik. Lawyer. Born c. 1924; retired.
mother:
Janet Yeoh. Born c. 1939.
brother:
Robert Yeoh. Businessman. Born c. 1963.

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