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There is one Asian actress who has dominated not only the martial arts scene, but also international movies for years, can you guess her name? Yeoh Chu-Keng, otherwise known as Michelle Yeoh. This actress can be included amongst a handful of female martial artists who have thrilled audiences both eastern and western and flourished in a male dominated genre. Her roles in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) brought her to the attention of western audiences, where she has stayed. Her fans are legion and I would count myself as one of them. A multi-talented individual she can count a wide portfolio of business interests apart from movies. There are of course the political controversies but this is not the place to discuss those issues.

Supercop (1992)

Supercop (1992)

7. Honours

Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

The honorary Malaysian title of Datuk Seri was awarded in 2001 by the Sultan of Perak, Malayisa and the French Legion d’Honneur made Michelle a Chevalier in 2007 for contributions made to international culture. Michelle was a jury member at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002 and in 2013 was awarded the Excellence in Asian Cinema Award, which is the equivalent of a Lifetime in Achievement Award. Her charity responsibilities have been numerous and include being Ambassador to amfAR Aids Research and the Institute for Cerebral and Medullary Disorders in France.

6. Early Talents

Michelle was born in Malaysia in 1962 to Chinese parents. She attended a convent school in Malaysia during her early years and then sent to boarding school in the UK. Her ballet training started at the age of 4 and continued at the Royal Academy of Dance in London. Her dreams of becoming a ballerina were thwarted when she injured her spinal cord. This however did not cut short her studies and she finished her degree in drama and choreography.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon (2008)

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon (2008)

5. Linguistic Talents

The Lady (2011)

The Lady (2011)

Michelle can speak several languages including Malay, English, Cantonese and Mandarin, although she cannot read Chinese and has to use pinyin (a phonetic notation) in order to pronounce words.

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