CRAZY RICH ASIANS
MICHELLE YEOH (Eleanor Young), an internationally acclaimed actress and
producer, has starred in more than 30 films, including the global hits "Tomorrow
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "Memoirs of a Geisha," "Sunshine," "Mummy 3,"
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
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
the world. She was named the Greatest Action Heroine of all time and listed by
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
Horse Awards, the Hong Kong Film Awards and the BAFTA Awards in 2001. This film
over 40 major awards around the world, including four Oscars, and went on to be
foreign language film in American history.
Yeoh received CineAsia's Award of Excellence in Acting for Outstanding
as an Actor in 1999 and international Star of the Year at the 2001 ShoWest
convention. That same year, Yeoh was conferred the title of "Dato" by the Sultan
Yeoh served on the jury at the Berlin international Film Festival and the Cannes
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
nurture creative talents. Hence, she was named Producer of the Year by CineAsia
Outstanding Young Persons of the World by Junior Chamber international.
In 2004, she starred in the sweeping romantic epic "Memoirs of a Geisha," based
the internationally acclaimed novel, produced by Steven Spielberg and directed
Marshall. The following year, she starred in Danny Boyle's sci-fi thriller
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
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
longtime friend and mentor, Terence Chang, to establish Stellar Entertainment,
talent management company, to nurture creative filmmakers and new talents.
In 2009, she was honored with the influential Chinese Award 2008 in recognition
her contribution and achievement in cinema in Beijing. She also received an
from the President of the Cannes Film Festival for her support of French cinema
Festival. That same year, she became the first Jury President for the 3rd Asian
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
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
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
inspiring and sophisticated performance was very well received worldwide. in
joined the Cinemax action drama series "Strike Back," released in 2015 globally.
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" sequel, directed by Yuen Woo-Ping, was released
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:
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
with the Excellence in Asian Cinema Award at the 7th Asian Film Awards for her
contributions to Asiancinema and in June 2014 was conferred Tan Sri by the
government, which is the highest honor given to a civilian. Yeoh was also honored
Cinema Legend Award by the Singapore international Film Festival for her
achievements over the years in 2015 and, in 2016, conferred Officier des Arts et
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
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
been appointed as Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Development Program
raise awareness and mobilize support for the recently launched Sustainable
Goals around the world since 2016. Recently, she joined Secretary-General of the
Nations His Excellency Antonio Guterres to make a remake at the United Nations
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
Since 2008, she has been a leading campaigner for the Make Roads Safe campaign
traveled widely to film the documentary "Turning Point," broadcast worldwide in
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
She was also invited to speak at the World Bank, Asia Development Bank and
Conference. Yeoh is a passionate advocate for wildlife conservation and
protection. She worked with National Geographic to make the documentary "Amongst
Great Ape," to raise awareness about Wildlife conservation in Sabah, Malaysia in
In 2013, Yeoh produced the documentary "PAD YATRA: A Green Odyssey," the
harrowing adventure of 700 people trekking across the Himalayas to save the
Pole," a glacial region now devastated by the climate chaos associated with
in the same year, Yeoh joined UNAiDS, that leads and inspires the world to
shared vision of zero new HiV infections, zero discrimination and zero
In 2014, she joined Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and former U.S.
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
is also ambassador of amfAR (The foundation for AiDS research), AiDS Concerns,
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
watch with Richard Mille, which launched in 2011.
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