Here are 2 famous actresses from Japan died in 2002:
Nobu McCarthy (November 13, 1934 Ottawa-April 6, 2002 Londrina) a.k.a. Nobu Atsumi or Nobu Atsumi McCarthy was a Japanese model, actor and theatre director. She had two children, Marlon McCarthy and Serena McCarthy.
Nobu McCarthy was born in Ottawa, Canada to a Japanese father and an Irish-American mother. She was raised in Japan and moved to the United States in the 1950s to pursue a career in acting. She began her career as a model and appeared in several television commercials before moving on to acting.
McCarthy appeared in a number of films and television shows throughout her career, including "Seven Samurai" (1954), "The Wackiest Ship in the Army" (1960), "The Sand Pebbles" (1966), and "The Karate Kid Part II" (1986). She also worked as a theatre director and starred in several productions on Broadway.
In addition to her work in entertainment, McCarthy was a vocal advocate for Asian American representation in the arts. She was a founding member of the Asian American Theatre Company and worked to promote diversity in casting and production.
McCarthy passed away in Londrina, Brazil in 2002 at the age of 67, leaving behind a legacy of trailblazing work in the entertainment industry and activism for underrepresented groups.
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Sumiko Hidaka (March 5, 1923 Niigata Prefecture-August 1, 2002 Ōta, Tokyo) also known as Tomiko Taniguchi or Hidaka Sumiko was a Japanese actor.
She began her career as a stage actress in the 1940s and later transitioned to film and television in the 1950s. Hidaka appeared in over 100 films and television dramas throughout her career, often portraying strong-willed and independent women. She was particularly known for her roles in jidaigeki, historical dramas set in feudal Japan. Hidaka also worked as a director and producer in the entertainment industry. In 1997, she was honored with a Medal of Honor for her contributions to Japanese culture.
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