FEBRUARY tl, 19W BLTTHETTLLl (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAOTTHRBl Japan's Most Beautifu ROYAL ROLE. Machiko Kyo reveals her striking beauty in scene from one of her latest pictures, "Yang Kwei ""Fei i" in which she plays part of a Chinese queen. Her handmaidens are preparing her for the bath. M achiko Kyo, at 32, is one of the prettiest, and certainly, the most talented actress on the Japanese screen today. Recently she was adjudged the "best actress of the year" by the American National Board of Review for her performance in "Gate of Hell," the picture that won the grand prize at the International Film Festival a* Cannes last year. Miss Kyo has also starred in "Rashomon" and "Ugetsu," which were prize-winners, too. The lovely actress climbed the ladder of success the hard way. Six years ago she was just one of the girls in the line at a Tokyo burlesque house, rose to become a solo specialty dancer at the Nichigeki Theater, a sort of cross between burlesque and the Folies Bergere. It was there she Was discovered by an alert scout and signed for pictures. She earns approximately 18 million yen ($50,000) for an average of seven pictures a year—an unbelievable amount in Japan and not bad by U.S. standards. She lives in a modern six-room house, partly Japanese, partly Western, with her mother, her female manager, a maid and understudy, and five lively pet dogs . She has a chauffeur for her black sedan. She does most of the household chores and some sewing when not working im a picture aild m general does not loitow the accepted pattern of a glamorous movie actress. Machiko Kyo is pictured here before the camera and at home. Script of Machiko's next movie is subject of discussion in the Kyo home. Left to right: Machiko,! her manager, Miss Taka Ichikawa; film executive 'Kiyoshi Tachibana and actress Kiyoko Hirai.fi DOLLS AND DOLLED UP. At right, Machiko sits on floor in room holding her doll collection and looks at tiny replica of her as she appeared "Princess Sen.". . . Below, she prepares to leave house as her chauffeur brings up her sedan. Machiko plays with her pet Samoyeds on the spacious lawn at her home in Tokyo. Busy ill kitchen, Machiko, right, is helped by Dressmaker as Well. Machiko makes a •TotMko KuMnoki, a starlet, who works forb*r. skirt on her sewing machine at home. Tim wnk'i Plclun Sho» tj AP s«fl Ptx*cm<bir Owrn Jwtcn H '
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