A multiple award-winning actress, Tamao was born July 12, 1939 and made her first film appearance at age 16 in Mizoguchi Kenji’s The Taira Clan. As a Daiei regular, Tamao co-starred with Ichikawa Raizo on at least 25 films and Katsu Shintaro on 16 films. During the filming of “The Blind Menace”, they began their lifetime relationship. The couple eventually married in 1962 and stayed together until Katsu’s death in 1997.
At the time of this writing Tamao is still acting in Japan. In fact, she has recently found success as a comedian due to her signature slow and humorous reactions to serious situations.
In 2008, she received the prestigious Tanaka Kinuyo Award for career achievement.
1962 Blue Ribbon Award – Best Supporting Actress (Daibosatsu toge)
1964 Mainichi Film Concours – Best Supporting Actress (Echizen take’ningyo)
1992 Nikkan Sports Film Award – Best Supporting Actress (Hashi no nai Kawa)
2008 Mainichi Film Concours – Tanaka… read more