Michelle Yeoh

12/04/2005 - Hollywood - Michelle Yeoh attends the "Memoirs of a

Yeoh in 2005, photo by Starfrenzy/bigstock.com

Birth Name: Yeoh Choo-Kheng (Iûⁿ chú-khēng)

Place of Birth: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Date of Birth: 6 August, 1962

Ethnicity: Chinese

Michelle Yeoh is a Malaysian actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022). She is also known for her roles in the films Yes, Madam; Magnificent Warriors, Police Story 3: Supercop, The Heroic Trio, Holy Weapon, Tomorrow Never Dies, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Memoirs of a Geisha, Sunshine (2007), The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Reign of Assassins, The Lady (2011), Kung Fu Panda 2, Crazy Rich Asians, Last Christmas, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and on the shows Star Trek: Discovery, The Witcher: Blood Origin, and American Born Chinese. She was Miss Malaysia 1983. She has also been credited as Michelle Khan. She is the first actress of Asian origin to win a Best Actress Oscar.

Michelle was born in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia, to ethnic Chinese parents, Janet Yeoh and Yeoh Kian Teik, who was a lawyer and MCA politician. Her family is of Hokkien and Cantonese descent. She is married to French motor racing executive and rally co-driver Jean Todt.

She spent some of her teen years studying in the U.K.

Michelle’s paternal grandfather was Ghim Khoon Yeoh (the son of Yeoh Khuan Joo and Lim Siew Tong). Khuan was born in Tong’an, quan zhou fu, Yongchun, Fujian, China, the son of Zhen Ji Yeoh and Yi Zhang.

Michelle’s paternal grandmother was Lai Khoon Oh (the daughter of Oh Cheng Keat and Yeoh Kim Liang). Cheng was born in Hokkien Province, Tong Aun, China. Kim was the daughter of Yeoh Hai Swee.

Source: Genealogy of Michelle Yeoh (focusing on her father’s side) – https://www.geni.com


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