Michelle Yeoh was the Asian winner of Best Actress Oscars. She was able to beat previous winners of Ana de Armas(Blonde), Cate Blanchett (“Tar”), Andrea Riseborough (“To Leslie”) as well as Michelle Williams (“The Fabelmans”).
As a multi-faceted actress, Yeoh appeared as Evelyn Wang, a Chinese immigrant who’s swept into alternate universes. Seven awards were awarded to the film, including Best Picture and Director.
Her career began as a model
In 1983, when she was barely 20 years old Yeoh won her the Miss Malaysia title. She went on to be the representative of Malaysia at the Miss World pageant in London and then win her the Miss Moomba beauty contest in Melbourne, Australia.
Yeoh started acting after she took home the beauty contest. The first time she appeared on film was in the 1984 commercial featuring Jackie Chan, a martial artist who became a cult figure.
Her film career began with her debut film in Hong Kong, appearing in action movies that showed off her fighting abilities. The athleticism of her character and the charisma she displayed onscreen quickly made her a popular actress.
Her films were well-received by journalists. The actress was nominated for an award called the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress. She has since become active in philanthropy and has been raising money for wildlife and healthcare problems. Additionally, she is a patron of the Save China’s Tigers project, committed to protecting endangered South Chinese tigers.
In 1983, she was awarded the title Miss Malaysia.
Michelle Yeoh was the Asian female who was awarded the Oscars’ Best Actress Award on Sunday evening. She was awarded the prize for her hilarious performance in “Everything Everything All at Once.”
Born to her Malaysian Chinese mother and began her acting career in 1983 as a contestant in the beauty pageant. The contestant went on to take home the Miss Malaysia title, and represented her country in the Miss World 1983 pageant.
As a dancer, Yeoh’s flexible body made her a great candidate for several kickass roles. In the aftermath of her breakthrough, she had her first film role in 1985 as a combat action movie heroine.
She has become one of Hong Kong’s biggest action stars. Her appearances in the most famous movies of cinematic history. These include Bond film “Tomorrow Never Dies” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” the classic Ang Lee film “Memoirs of a Geisha” and the 2018 film Crazy Rich Asians.
The actress was raised in Malaysia as well as studied ballet in London. Her appearances in films included numerous martial arts movies, but she also appeared in several commercials.
In 1985 she made her debut movie appearance.
Born in Malaysia, Yeoh started her career as a dancer in ballet at age four. She relocated to England to attend the Royal Academy of Dance and was awarded the Miss Malaysia title in 1983.
Following injuries that hampered her dancing, she turned to modeling, winning beauty contests and appearing in commercials. The commercial was from 1984 that featured martial arts legend Jackie Chan that landed her a role in an Hong Kong action film with D&B Films.
In order to prepare for her job in the role, she underwent intense physical training – ten to twelve hours a day in a gym with group of men to practice kicks, punches and movements in martial arts. Also, she trained with trained on-set instructors to perfect her martial arts techniques.
The actress was featured in a number of groundbreaking action films beginning at Yes, Madam! She was an admired and adored kung fu movie actress from Hong Kong. She became famous for the precision, grace and fearlessness in stunts.
She received her Best Actress award at the SAG Awards in 1997
In 1997, Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh was one of the few Asian actress to receive the Best Actress award at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. She beat Cate Blanchett, Danielle Deadwyler and Viola Davis for the honor.
Native to Ipoh, Malaysia, Yeoh had been a dancer before she was cast in her first film which was”Tomorrow Never Dies,” a James Bond installment “Tomorrow Never Dies,” in which she played an Chinese spy. The actress was known for her strength and athleticism, as well as her ability to do her own tricks.
She was a star throughout Asia following her breakthrough performance. The actress has also won numerous accolades throughout her career, such as her Golden Globe, BAFTA and the National Board of Review trophy.