Miyoshi Umeki

Miyoshi Umeki (May 8, 1929 – August 28, 2007) was a naturalized American actress and standards singer.

She was best known for her roles as Katsumi, the wife of Joe Kelly (Red Buttons), in the 1957 film Sayonara, as Mei Li in the 1958 Broadway musical and 1961 film Flower Drum Song, and as Mrs. Livingston, the housekeeper of Bill Bixby’s and Brandon Cruz’s characters, in the TV series The Courtship of Eddie’s Father. She was a shin Issei or post-1945 immigrant from Japan. She was a Tony Award- and Golden Globe-nominated actress and was the first (and, as of 2016, the only) Asian woman to win an Academy Award for acting.