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MICHELLE YEOH (Eleanor Young), an internationally acclaimed actress and producer, has starred in more than 30 films, including the global hits "Tomorrow Never Dies," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "Memoirs of a Geisha," "Sunshine," "Mummy 3," "Babylon AD," the soul-stirring biopic "The Lady" and Marvel smash "Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2." Through her films, she has challenged traditional views of Asian women by creating very strong female roles.

In 1983, she graduated in England with a BA in Creative Arts. The same year, she was crowned Miss Malaysia and soon became Hong Kong's kung fu queen, known for performing her own stunts, ever since her first action film "Yes Madam." in 1997, Yeoh made her international debut in "Tomorrow Never Dies," playing a Chinese double agent; she was the first Bond girl to equal James Bond. Her incredible stunts impressed audiences around the world. She was named the Greatest Action Heroine of all time and listed by People magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world.

Her acclaimed performance in the period epic "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," directed by Ang Lee, earned her three nominations for Best Actress at the Taipei Golden Horse Awards, the Hong Kong Film Awards and the BAFTA Awards in 2001. This film won over 40 major awards around the world, including four Oscars, and went on to be the highest-grossing foreign language film in American history.

Yeoh received CineAsia's Award of Excellence in Acting for Outstanding Performance as an Actor in 1999 and international Star of the Year at the 2001 ShoWest exhibitor's convention. That same year, Yeoh was conferred the title of "Dato" by the Sultan of Perak. Yeoh served on the jury at the Berlin international Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival in 1999 and 2002 respectively.

In 2002, she added another feather to her cap by producing and starring in "The Touch," a contemporary romantic action adventure. She was then honored with the Montblanc Arts Patronage Award in recognition of her achievements and commitment to nurture creative talents. Hence, she was named Producer of the Year by CineAsia and The Outstanding Young Persons of the World by Junior Chamber international.

In 2004, she starred in the sweeping romantic epic "Memoirs of a Geisha," based on the internationally acclaimed novel, produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Rob Marshall. The following year, she starred in Danny Boyle's sci-fi thriller "Sunshine."

In October 2007, Yeoh received the Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur by the President of the Republic of France, in recognition of her contribution to arts and cultural exchange between Asia and France.

In 2008, she starred in the Hollywood blockbuster "Mummy 3" as well as French director Mathieu Kassovitz's sci-fi actioner "Babylon A.D." Yeoh also teamed with her longtime friend and mentor, Terence Chang, to establish Stellar Entertainment, an Asian talent management company, to nurture creative filmmakers and new talents.

In 2009, she was honored with the influential Chinese Award 2008 in recognition of her contribution and achievement in cinema in Beijing. She also received an official tribute from the President of the Cannes Film Festival for her support of French cinema and the Festival. That same year, she became the first Jury President for the 3rd Asian Film Awards.

In 2010, her action movie "Reign of Assassins" directed by Taiwanese director Su Chao-Pin and produced by John Woo, premiered at the Venice Film Festival. She was nominated for Best Actress at the Asian Film Awards and the Hua Biao Awards which is the most prestigious Awards ceremony in China. She also lent her voice to the stellar cast of the animated blockbuster "Kung Fu Panda 2," which was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards in 2012.

Her movie "The Lady," directed by Luc Besson, about Burmese Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, received critical acclaim in major international film festivals. Yeoh's inspiring and sophisticated performance was very well received worldwide. in 2014, she joined the Cinemax action drama series "Strike Back," released in 2015 globally. The "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" sequel, directed by Yuen Woo-Ping, was released in February 2015. She was also seen in the Netflix series "Marco Polo." Most recently, she won acclaim for her role as a Starfleet Captain in the series "Star Trek: Discovery."

In December 2011, Yeoh was promoted to Officier de la Legion d'Honneur by the President of the Republic of France for her continuous support and contributions. She was also promoted to Dato Seri by the Sultan of Perak in 2012. in March 2013, Yeoh was honored with the Excellence in Asian Cinema Award at the 7th Asian Film Awards for her continuous contributions to Asiancinema and in June 2014 was conferred Tan Sri by the Malaysian state government, which is the highest honor given to a civilian. Yeoh was also honored with the Cinema Legend Award by the Singapore international Film Festival for her outstanding achievements over the years in 2015 and, in 2016, conferred Officier des Arts et Lettres by the Ambassador of France to Malaysia, to recognize her distinct contribution and achievement to the film industry. Last year, she was promoted to the highest French civilian distinction, Commandeur de la Legion d'Honneur by French President Hollande, in recognition of her humanitarian works in France and around the world.

Yeoh devotes a major part of her time to charitable and social endeavors. She has been appointed as Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Development Program to raise awareness and mobilize support for the recently launched Sustainable Development Goals around the world since 2016. Recently, she joined Secretary-General of the United Nations His Excellency Antonio Guterres to make a remake at the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Peace-building and Sustaining Peace, in New York.

Yeoh is a Global Road Safety Ambassador for the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 and a member of the Commission for Global Road Safety, which advocates for road injury to be recognized as a global public health and development priority. Since 2008, she has been a leading campaigner for the Make Roads Safe campaign and traveled widely to film the documentary "Turning Point," broadcast worldwide in 2009.

In March 2010 and April 2014, respectively, she represented Malaysia at the UN General Assembly, where 100 governments approved the proposal for the Decade of Action. She was also invited to speak at the World Bank, Asia Development Bank and Ministerial Conference. Yeoh is a passionate advocate for wildlife conservation and environmental protection. She worked with National Geographic to make the documentary "Amongst the Great Ape," to raise awareness about Wildlife conservation in Sabah, Malaysia in 2009.

In 2013, Yeoh produced the documentary "PAD YATRA: A Green Odyssey," the harrowing adventure of 700 people trekking across the Himalayas to save the planet's "3rd Pole," a glacial region now devastated by the climate chaos associated with global warming. in the same year, Yeoh joined UNAiDS, that leads and inspires the world to achieve its shared vision of zero new HiV infections, zero discrimination and zero AiDS-related deaths.

In 2014, she joined Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to launch a non-profit initiative, the Suu Foundation. She is a board member of the foundation, aimed at improving health care and education in Myanmar. She is also ambassador of amfAR (The foundation for AiDS research), AiDS Concerns, Hong Kong Cancer Fund, Live to Love and The Brain & Spine institute(iCM).

Additionally, Yeoh is international brand ambassadress for Richard Mille (luxury watches). She took an artistic and expressive approach to the design of her own limited-edition watch with Richard Mille, which launched in 2011.

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