Friday, December 17, 2010

Yeoh Chu-Kheng who is popularly known as Michelle Yeoh was born on 6th August 1962 in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.Her parents are Janet Yeoh and Yeoh Kian Teik, a lawyer and MCA politician.Her family is one of the prominent family in Ipoh.She has 2 siblings and both are younger sisters. She moved with her parents to England, where she was enrolled in a boarding school. Yeoh later studied at the Royal Academy of Dance in London, majoring in Ballet.She later received a B.A. degree in Creative Arts with a minor in Drama.Michelle Yeoh's height 5' 4'' , weight 56 kg and vital 35 X 26 X 36.
Michelle Yeoh's career in Hong Kong started with a few commercials for Charles Jourdan, opposite action movie heroes Jackie Chan and Chow Yun-fat before being offered a film contract. The Charles Jourdan brand was handled by D&B Group in Hong Kong, run by Yeoh's future husband, Dickson Poon. In 1988, she retired from acting after marrying Poon. Three years later, the couple divorced and Yeoh returned to acting in 1992. Her first movie after the comeback was Police Story 3: Super Cop, which was partly shot in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Michelle Yeoh won the Miss Malaysia beauty pageant in 1983. She was also Malaysia's representative at the 1983 Miss World pageant in London. From there, she appeared in a television commercial with Jackie Chan which caught the attention of a fledgling Hong Kong film production company, D&B Films.
Michelle Yeoh has started her film career acting in action and martial arts films such as Yes, Madam in 1985, The Heroic Trio in 1993, and the Yuen Woo-ping films Tai Chi Master and Wing Chun in 1994. Yeoh has had no formal martial arts training and she relies on her dance training and instructors, and does her own fighting and most of her own stunts.
Michelle Yeoh has starred in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies as Wai Lin (1997). Natasha Henstridge was rumored to be cast in the lead Bond girl role but eventually Yeoh was confirmed. Brosnan was impressed, describing her as a "wonderful actress" who was "serious and committed about her work". He referred to her as a "female James Bond" in reference to her combat abilities. She wanted to perform her own stunts but was prevented because director Roger Spottiswoode ruled it too dangerous and uninsured. However, she did perform all of her fighting scenes.Thereafter, she was offered the role of Seraph in the two sequels to The Matrix, but she could not accept due to a scheduling conflict (the Matrix writers then changed Seraph into a male character and cast Collin Chouin the role). In 2002, she produced her first English film, The Touch through her own production company, Mythical Films.
Michelle Yeoh has starred as the graceful Mameha in the film adaptation of Memoirs of a Geisha, and she continued her English-language work in 2007 with Sunshine. In 2008, Michelle Yeoh also starred in the fantasy action film The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor with actors Brendan Fraser and Jet Li.
Michelle Yeoh has visited Vietnam to film a documentary for the Asian Injury Prevention Foundation (AIPF).Yeoh is also a supporter of the Save China's Tigers project which aims at saving the endangered South China Tiger through rewilding and release them into the wild. She has become an ambassador for this conservation project.
 Michelle Yeoh was awarded the Darjah Datuk Paduka Mahkota Perak (DPMP), which carries the title Dato' by Sultan Azlan Shah, the Sultan of Perak, her home state, in recognition of the fame she brought to the state On 19 April 2001.The award was given in conjunction with the Sultan's 73rd birthday celebrations.On 25 November 2002, Yeoh was honoured as The Outstanding Young Persons of the World (TOYP) (Cultural Achievement) by JCI (Junior Chamber International).On 23 April 2007 President Jacques Chirac awarded her Chevalier de la L├ęgion d'honneur. The decoration was presented to her in a ceremony in Kuala Lumpur on 3 October 2007.
Michelle Yeoh was chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World in 1997.She is credited as Michelle Khan in some of her earlier films.
 Michelle Yeoh was previously married to Hong Kong businessman Dickson Poon, who owns businesses such as Harvey Nichols and Charles Jourdan.On 31 July 2008, Yeoh confirmed the rumor that she was engaged to Jean Todt, a leading figure in motor racing, during an interview with Craig Ferguson on CBS's The Late Late Show.
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