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 Zi2-king4 (Cantonese)|
|Birth name||Yeoh Choo-Kheng (Iûⁿ Chí-khēng)|
6 August 1963
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
|Years active||1984 – Present|
|Spouse(s)||Dickson Poon (1988 – 1992) |
Datuk Seri Michelle Yeoh Choo-Kheng (born 6 August 1963), DPMP, SPMP, is a Hong Kong-based Malaysian actress, best known for performing her own stunts in the Hong Kong action films that brought her to fame in the early 1990s. Born in Ipoh, Malaysia, she was chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World in 1997.
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 in 2000, 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
Yeoh was born to a Chinese family in Ipoh, Malaysia. Her parents are Janet Yeoh and Yeoh Kian Geik, 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 represented Malaysia at the Queen of the Pacific 1983 beauty pageant which was held in Australia and won the crown. 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.
 Wider fame
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.
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.
Apart from action films, she is famous for playing nationalists in two biopics. In 1997, she played Soong Ai-ling in the award winning The Soong Sisters. In 2011, she portrayed Aung San Suu Kyi in Luc Besson's The Lady.
 Deportation from Burma
 Personal life
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 & 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).
In 2011, she received a special award for her contribution to Malaysian cinema at Malaysian Film Festival (FFM 24).
On 14 March 2012, the then French President Nicolas Sarkozy awarded her the Officier de la Légion d'honneur. The decoration was presented to her at a ceremony held at the president's official residence, the Elysee Palace on that day.
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.
Michelle Yeoh receives the Excellence in Asian Cinema award during the seventh annual Asian Film Awards on March 2013 at Hong Kong.
- Hong Kong Film Award 1998 The Soong Sisters – Nominated as best supporting actress
- BAFTA Film Award 2001 – Best Actress (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)
- 5th Asian Film Awards Reign of Assassins – Nominated as best actress
|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||Magnificent Warriors||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||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||The Stunt Woman||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||(director's cut only)|
|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||As herself||Make Roads Safe Documentary|
|2009||Among The Great Apes With Michelle Yeoh||As herself||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||biographical film about the Nobel laureate|
|2013||Final Recipe (formerly Cooktales)||Julia||directed by Gina Kim (post production)|
|2013||Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2||Yu Shu Lien|
|2015||The Golden Age: The Lost Treasure of Zheng He|
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