Tetsuko Kuroyanagi - biography

Film actor from Japan

Tetsuko Kuroyanagi Tetsuko Kuroyanagi (黒柳 徹子, Kuroyanagi Tetsuko) (born August 9, 1933 in Tokyo) is an internationally famous Japanese actress, a talk show host, a best-selling author of children book, a World Wide Fund for Nature advisor, and a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. She is well known for her charitable works, and is considered as one of the first Japanese celebrities who achieved international recognition. In 2006, Donald Richie referred to Kuroyanagi in his book Japanese Portraits: Pictures of Different People as "the most popular and admired woman in Japan." Kuroyanagi was born in Nogisaka, Tokyo in 1933. Her father was a violinist and a concertmaster. Her nickname as a child was Totto-chan, according to her 1981 autobiographical memoir. Kuroyanagi went to Tomoe Elementary School (Tomoe Gakuen) when she was young. After that, she studied at the Tokyo College of Music, majoring in opera, as she intended to become an opera singer. After graduation, however, she was drawn to acting and the television entertainment industry by her joining Tokyo Hoso Gekidan and training at the Mary Tarcai Studio in New York. Subsequently, she became the first Japanese actress who was contracted to Japan  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Date of birth
Place of birth
Minato, Tokyo


Institution From To
Tokyo College of Music


Year Performance Character
2005 The Book of the Dead
1968 Breaking of Branches is Forbidden

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