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Michelle Yeoh BiographyBorn as Yang Zi Chong in the mining town of Ipoh in West Malaysia in the lunar year of the Tiger, she spoke English and Malay before Chinese. A ballet dancer since age 4, she moved to London, England to study at the Royal Academy as a teenager. After a brief dance career, she won the Miss Malaysia beauty pageant title in her native country and the Miss Moomba beauty pageant title in Melbourne, Australia in the early 1980s. Her first on camera work was a 1984 commercial with martial arts star Jackie Chan. In 1985, she began making action movies with D&B Films of Hong Kong. She was first billed as Michelle Khan, then later, Michelle Yeoh. Never a trained martial artist, she relied on her dance discipline and her on-set trainers to prepare for her martial arts action scenes.
She uses many dance moves in her films. She still does most of her own stunts and has been injured many times. Ironically, she still cannot read Chinese and she has to have Chinese script read to her. In 1988, she married wealthy D&B Films executive Dickson Poon and retired from acting. Even though they divorced in 1992, she is close to Poon's second wife and a godmother to Poon's daughter. When she returned to acting, she became very popular to Chinese audiences and she became known to western audiences through her co-starring roles in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies and in the phenomenally successful Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon aka Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' directed by Ang Lee. She turned down a role in a sequel to The Matrix.
She has her own production company, Mythical Films and has trained with the Shen Yang Acrobatic team for her role in The Touch, an English language film she is both starring in and producing. She hopes to use her company to discover and nurture new filmmaking talent. She also wants to act in roles that combine both action and deeper spiritual themes.
SalaryTomorrow Never Dies (1997): $2,500,000
TriviaChosen by "People" magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.  A former Miss Malaysia, she got her start in acting in a commercial with Jackie Chan. Fought her way to the top in the male-dominated genre of Hong Kong action films, where she has been known for years as the "queen of martial arts". One of the highest paid Chinese-language actresses in the world. Released a single CD in 1993, "Love Quite Like a Comet", from her movie San lau sing woo dip gim (1993). She is currently engaged to Jean Todt, the director of the Ferrari F1 team.  Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002 Member of the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1999 In October 2007, was named a Chevalier of the French Legion d'Honneur, for her contributions to international culture.
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