TOMORROW NEVER DIES
MICHELLE YEOH, easily the most prominent female performer
in the almost-exclusively male Asian action cinema, stars as Wai
Lin, China's secret weapon and James Bond's most formidable ally.
Born Yeoh Choo Kheng in Ipoh, Malaysia, Yeoh earned an international
standing as a teenage athlete. Her passion for ballet led her
to enroll in the Royal Academy of Dance in London, where she attained
an Advanced Level degree. Eventually she received a Bachelor of
Arts Degree in Creative Arts in England.
In 1983, Yeoh returned to Malaysia where she was eventually crowned
Miss Malaysia, as well as 'Miss Mooba' in Melbourne the same year,
which led to her being invited to Hong Kong to make a commercial
with Jackie Chan. Instantly, she became the most sought after
new star in the movie industry.
She signed with D & B Films and debuted in 1985 in a non-action
role in the action comedy, Owls v. Dumbo. It was her second film,
Yes, Madam, which established her as the premiere female action
stars in Asia. Her next two pictures, Royal Warriors (also known
as In The Line Of Duty) and Magnificent Warriors further fortified
Her training in dance contributed to one of Yeoh's unique characteristics
-- she performs her own stunts. In 1988, after only one more picture
(Easy Money), she married and retired from the screen.
After a four year marriage, she made an astonishing comeback.
Police Story III: Supercop, co-starring Jackie Chan, was the top-grossing
film in Asia in 1992 and garnered Yeoh a huge cult following in
America and abroad. She soon became the most popular and highest
paid actress in Asia. In the next two years she made a total of
eight pictures, including cult classics The Heroic Trio and T'ai
In 1995, Yeoh starred in two dramatic films in a row: the period
epic The Soong Sisters and Stuntwoman, directed by Ann Hui, acclaimed
for Summer Snow.
In addition, Yeoh is also a committee member of the Hong Kong
Cancer Fund and the Honorary Patron of KELY Support Group.
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