She starred as the leading lady in many films including the 1929 film, I Graduated, But... and the 1930 film, Aiyoku no ki.
She was born in Prefecture and joined a music troupe when she was eleven years old before starring in films when she was fourteen.
She was the second Japanese woman to do work as a film director and made her directorial debut on the 1953 film, Love Letters.
She had a long-term relationship with
Another award-winning Japanese actress was Miyoshi Umeki.