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Trivia (31)

Chosen by "People" magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. [1997]

One of the only female stars whom Jackie Chan lets do her own stunts.

A former Miss Malaysia, she got her start in acting in a commercial with Jackie Chan.

Miss Malaysia [1983]

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".

Has a Bachelor's Degree in Dance from the Royal Academy of Dance (London, England).

One of the highest-paid Chinese-language actresses in the world.

Highest-paid actress in Asia.

Released a single CD in 1993, "Love Quite Like a Comet", from her movie Butterfly and Sword (1993).

Surname, "Yeoh", is pronounced "yo".

She is currently engaged to Jean Todt, who became the President of Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile in 2009. [2008]

She speaks 3 languages, English, Malay and Cantonese. However, she can't read Chinese and relies on pinyin (a system of phonetic notation) to pronounce words. In Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), she uses pinyin to recite her lines (with help from Mandarin-speaking crew members) in Mandarin as she doesn't speak the language.

Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002.

In 2001, she was given the title of "dato'" by the Sultan of Perak, her native state. "Dato'" is an honorary Malaysian title somewhat like an English knighthood, and it lies below the ranks of "Dato' Seri," "Tan Sri" and "Tun."

Member of the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1999.

Was a very close friend to Anita Mui since the early 1990s. She also hosted a memorial event for Mui in 2007.

In October 2007, was named a Chevalier of the French Legion d'Honneur, for her contributions to international culture.

Only the second Asian actress to play the major James Bond girl in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997). The first one was Mie Hama in You Only Live Twice (1967), thirty years earlier.

Is not known to have any children.

She was the original choice for Alex Munday in the final line up in 'Charlie's Angels'.

Was among many actresses considered to play Trinity in "The Matrix', but declined.

Has been in 5 movies nominated for at least 1 Academy Award. Among them, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) won 4 awards and was nominated for Best Picture. Meanwhile, Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) won 3 awards, making it the most awarded movie of the year.

Is known to have full-contact stunt fighting style. For the fight scene in the bicycle shop in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), the producers had to call in Jackie Chan's stunt team because none of the stuntmen wanted to do the scene with her, due to her intense skill-set.

Was a big Trekkie before she joined Star Trek: Discovery (2017).

In 2022 she turns 60. The same year marks one of her busiest and most prolific moments in her career, including her lead role in Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022), and appearances in Avatar: The Way of Water (2022), The School for Good and Evil (2022) and The Witcher: Blood Origin (2022).

Originally turned down her part in Crazy Rich Asians (2018), because she thought it would be a The Hangover (2009)-akin movie, in which she would only be a villain. However, when Jon M. Chu assured her that his mother would never allow him to like a movie like that, she felt the story and her character were in safe hands.

Suffered from stage-fright while growing up. She took ballet classes and mime classes to overcome it.

Due to an injury, she was close to drop out of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000). However, Ang Lee was so eager to have her play the part, that the production was postponed for multiple months, while she recovered. Yeoh deliberately did not work for a year before filming began so she could concentrate on training and learning Mandarin.

Went through an intense six-week preparation for Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), described as "Geisha boot camp". She and co-star Ziyi Zhang nicknamed it as "Seven Rooms of Torture".

Studied 200 hours of video of Suu Kyi and learned Burmese for the role of Aung San Suu Kyi in The Lady (2011).

Is a vegetarian in real life, but will eat meat if she is served it when invited to dinner parties where the host doesn't know she is a vegetarian. She eats meat served to her reluctantly, only because she doesn't want the meat to be wasted, and have the animal's sacrifice be pointless.