Saturday, September 08, 2007

Miyoshi Umeki RIP 1929-2007

How did we miss this one?
Miyoshi Umeki passed over on August 28, 2007. She played Mrs. Livingston on the Courtship of Eddie's Father.

From the New York Times, her obituary:

A versatile performer who also had major roles on Broadway and on television, Ms. Umeki played Katsumi in “Sayonara,” a tragic drama, based on the novel by James Michener, about American servicemen who fall in love with women they meet while stationed in occupied Japan.

Ms. Umeki turned to Broadway in December 1958 to star as a young Chinese immigrant in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Flower Drum Song.” She received a Tony nomination in 1959 for best actress and then reprised the role two years later in the film adaptation of the play. Ms. Umeki’s other films were “Cry for Happy” (1961), “The Horizontal Lieutenant” (1962) and “A Girl Named Tamiko” (1963).

On television, she is best known as Mrs. Livingston on the situation comedy “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father,” starring Bill Bixby, which ran from 1969 through 1972. She appeared as a guest in numerous other series in the 1960s, including “The Donna Reed Show,” “Dr. Kildare,” “Rawhide” and “Mister Ed.”
She had been living with her son in Licking, MO for the past four years. That is where she died. Her son said she never liked talking about her career, which she left because she wanted to be a wife and mother. Which is so Mrs. Livingston.

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