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Miiko Taka, Sayonara And Shogun Actress, Dies At 97

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Miiko Taka was born in Seattle, Washington to Japanese parents. During World War II, she and her family were sent to the Gila River Internment Camp in Arizona near Phoenix (via The National Archives). She married Dale Ishimoto in 1944 and had a daughter and son, Greg Shikata, before divorcing in 1958 (via The New York Times). She married television news director Lennie Blondheim in 1963 (via The Des Moines Register).

After Sayonara, Taka continued acting, taking roles in Cry for Happy with Glenn Ford and Sayonara co-star Miyoshi Umeki, and in A Global Affair with Bob Hope. She’s also made guest appearances on many television shows, such as “The Man from UNCLE” and “I Spy” (via IMDb). She played the role of Aiko Kurawa in Cary Grant’s last film, Walk Don’t Run. After working with Toshirō Mifune on Paper Tiger, Taka often translated for him when he came to the US (via Los Angeles Times).

She continued to take small roles in films and television series before being cast as Kiri in the film “Shogun” and the following series, in which she reunited with Toshirō Mifune. Her last screen appearance was as Toshirō Mifune’s wife in the 1982 film The Challenge.



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