Michelle Yeoh Biography


Michelle Yeoh

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Birth Name: Michelle Yeoh
Date of birth:
Birth Country: Malaysia
Height: 5 Feet 4 Inch
Birth Sign: leo
Age:   55 Years
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One of the highest paid actresses in Asia, Michelle Yeoh is famous for performing her own stunts in the Hong Kong action films. She is famous for starring the role of Wai Lin in the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies. Sweet and lovely lady, Michelle Yeoh was born Yeoh Chu-Kheng in the early 1960s in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia to Janet Yeoh and Yeoh Kian Teik. Her parents were a lawyer and MCA politician. She has two siblings and they are named as Robert Yeoh and Lam Hoe Yeoh.

In February 1988, Michelle got married to Dickson Poon. Dickson Poon is an actor and producer. Her ex-husband is also known for being a Hong Kong entrepreneur and the owner of Harvey Nichols and Charles Jourdan. They got divorced in 1992.

In 2004, Michelle was spotted with Jean Todt. Jean Todt is a motor sport executive from France. He is one of a leading figure in motor racing. In 2008, in The Late Late Show she revealed that she is engaged to him but they have never been married. Her nationality is Chinese and Malaysian. She has Chinese ethnicity.

As Michelle was interested in dancing at a young age, she began studying ballet at the age of four. During her mid teens, she moved to United Kingdom where she attended a boarding school. She also studied dance at the Royal Academy of Dance. Her childhood dream was being a professional ballet dancer but after she sustained a spinal injury she quit this dream and then she became active in choreography and other arts. In 1983, she took part in Miss Malaysia beauty pageant as one of its contestant. At the end of this competition, she was crowned with this title. That year she also competed at the Queen of the Pacific 1983 beauty pageant representing Malaysia. She was also crowned with this title that year. In the mid 1980s, she appeared in several TV ads and commercials with Jackie Chan. This made her popular all over Hong Kong and she began receiving several acting offers. In 1984, she portrayed the role of Miss Yeung in the Hong Kong action comedy film The Owl vs. Bombo. The following year she starred the role of Judo instructor in a Hong Kong martial arts action comedy film Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars. That year she also portrayed the role of Inspector Ng in an action movie Yes, Madam. This earned her first nomination in -Hong Kong Film Award in 1985. She got her rise in fame after she played the role of Wai Lin in the movie Tomorrow Never Dies. She is also critically acclaimed for starring the role of Yu Shu Lien in a Taiwanese-Chinese-Hong Kong-American martial arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. She is also famous for her role in the movies like The Soong Sisters, Reign of Assassins, Kung Fu Panda 2 and so on. She is one of the highest paid Asian actresses in the world and her net worth is $245 million.

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Born in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

1962 6th of August

Sweet and lovely lady, Michelle Yeoh was born Yeoh Chu-Kheng in the early 1960s in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia to Janet Yeoh and Yeoh Kian Teik. Her parents were a lawyer and MCA politician. She has two siblings and they are named as Robert Yeoh and Lam Hoe Yeoh.

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Began studying ballet

1966

As Michelle was interested in dancing at a young age, she began studying ballet at the age of four. During her mid teens, she moved to United Kingdom where she attended a boarding school. She also studied dance at the Royal Academy of Dance. 

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Won the Miss Malaysia beauty pageant

1983

In 1983, she took part in Miss Malaysia beauty pageant as one of its contestant. At the end of this competition, she was crowned with this title. That year she also competed at the Queen of the Pacific 1983 beauty pageant representing Malaysia. She was also crowned with this title that year. 

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Began her acting career

1984

Her childhood dream was being a professional ballet dancer but after she sustained a spinal injury she quit this dream and then she began her acting career. In 1984, she portrayed the role of Miss Yeung in the Hong Kong action comedy film The Owl vs. Bombo.

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Appeared in the movie, Yes, Madam

1985

In 1985, she starred the role of Judo instructor in a Hong Kong martial arts action comedy film Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars. That year she also portrayed the role of Inspector Ng in an action movie Yes, Madam. This earned her first nomination in -Hong Kong Film Award in 1985.

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Married to Dickson Poon

1988 of February

In February 1988, Michelle got married to Dickson Poon. Dickson Poon is an actor and producer. Her ex-husband is also known for being a Hong Kong entrepreneur and the owner of Harvey Nichols and Charles Jourdan. They got divorced in 1992.

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Released a single CD, Love Quite Like a Comet

1993

She is best known in the world as an actress but she is also an established signer. In 1993, she released a single CD and this CD was released under the title Love Quite Like a Comet. This song was released for her movie Butterfly and Sword. 

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Appeared in the movie, Tomorrow Never Dies

1997

Michelle Yeoh is famous for performing her own stunts in the Hong Kong action films. She is famous for starring the role of Wai Lin in the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies. In 1997, she also appeared in the movie The Soong Sisters. 

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Appeared in the movie, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

2000

She is also critically acclaimed for starring the role of Yu Shu Lien in a Taiwanese-Chinese-Hong Kong-American martial arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. She is also famous for her role in the movies like The Soong Sisters, Reign of Assassins, Kung Fu Panda 2 and so on.

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Won ShoWest Convention, USA

2001

She has also once been honored with ShoWest Convention, USA and that was in 2001. She was honored with this award that year for International Star of the Year. She has also once been honored with Singapore International Film Festival. 

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Began dating Jean Todt

2004

In 2004, Michelle was spotted with Jean Todt. Jean Todt is a motor sport executive from France. He is one of a leading figure in motor racing. In 2008, in the The Late Late Show she revealed that she is engaged to him but they have never been married.

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Won Behind the Voice Actors Awards

2012

She is also famous for playing the voice role of Soothsayer in the movie Kung Fu Panda 2. For this role, she got her first nomination in Behind the Voice Actors Awards in 2012 and she was also honored with this award that year for Best Vocal Ensemble in a Feature Film. 

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Won Asian Film Awards

2013

In 2011, she got nominated in Asian Film Awards for the first time in her life. She got nominated in this award for Favorite Actress and Best Actress. Two years later, she also got nominated in this award and she was also honored with this award that year. 

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