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Michelle Yeoh was born on August 6, 1962. She is a Hong Kong-based actress and dancer, also known as "Michelle Khan". Yeoh is a Chinese Malaysian born in the town of Jedi, Malaysia. Yeoh was chosen by the popular People magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful girls in the world in 1997.

In 1983, Yeoh returned to her home country, Malaysia. It was at the age of 21 when Yeoh became the winner of the Miss Malaysia beauty pageant in 1983. From there, she appeared in a television commercial with Jackie Chan which caught the attention of a fledgling film production company called D&B Films.

Yeoh's career in Hong Kong started in modeling, where she appeared in a series of commercials for Charles Jourdan, opposite action movie heroes Jackie Chan and Chow Yun-Fat. The Charles Jourdan brand was handled by D&B Group in Hong Kong, and this is how Yeoh met her future husband, Dickson Poon. In 1988, she retired and married the Hong Kong tycoon, Dickson Poon of D&B Films. Three years later, the couple divorced, and Yeoh returned back to acting in 1992. Her first movie after the comeback was Police Story 3, which was partly shot in KL, Malaysia.

Like many other Asian stars, Yeoh has attempted to break into the Hollywood limelight. Despite starring in the Ian Flemming film Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) and gathering considerable praise as one of the genre's most popular Bond Girls and the popular Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), which also starred Zhang Ziyi, she has not won a mainstream audience in the English-speaking world as of yet. She could have become more popular had she accepted the role of Seraph in the two Matrix sequels, but due to other commitments she was unable to accept them, so the Matrix writers changed Seraph into a male character and cast Colin Chou in the role. She is getting old so she has now gone into producing.

In 2002, she produced her first English speaking movie, The Touch through her own production company, Mythical Films. At the start of 2005, Michelle finished the shooting of Memoirs of a Geisha starring Zhang Ziyi, a Hollywood produced ensemble drama based on a story of a japanese geisha.

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