Actress Yoko Nogiwa dies at 81 after three-year battle with cancer

Jun 16, 2017

Actress Yoko Nogiwa dies at 81 after three-year battle with cancer

Actress Yoko Nogiwa, who had been active mainly on television since the 1960s until recently, died of lung adenocarcinoma at a Tokyo hospital Tuesday morning. She was 81. According to family members, Nogiwa had been fighting cancer for three years and underwent surgery twice. She ...

Mar 22, 2017

Japan's 'oldest porn queen' calls it quits at 80

After a decade of undressing for X-rated movies, the country's oldest porn actor announced she will call it quits — at the ripe old age of 80. Maori Tezuka, a former opera singer who made her debut in the flourishing "silver porn" industry at 71, ...

Actress Maki Horikita retires from show business

Mar 1, 2017

Actress Maki Horikita retires from show business

Popular actress Maki Horikita has retired from show business, her office said Wednesday. "I have become a mother and am now living a happy life with my loving family," the 28-year-old said in a message on her website. "I will do my utmost to preserve ...

Luise Rainer, first to win consecutive acting Oscars, dies at 104

Dec 31, 2014

Luise Rainer, first to win consecutive acting Oscars, dies at 104

Luise Rainer, a star of cinema's golden era who won back-to-back Oscars but then walked away from a glittering Hollywood career, has died. She was 104. Rainer, whose roles ranged from the 1930s German stage to television's "The Love Boat," died Tuesday at her home ...

Wartime film idol, propaganda tool Rikoran dies at 94

Sep 14, 2014

Wartime film idol, propaganda tool Rikoran dies at 94

Film idol Yoshiko Yamaguchi, who was known as Rikoran and symbolized Japan's dreams of Asian conquest, has died at the age of 94. Known as Shirley Yamaguchi in the United States and one of the biggest Japanese film stars during and after World War II, ...

Elaine Stritch, brash stage legend, dies at 89

Jul 18, 2014

Elaine Stritch, brash stage legend, dies at 89

Elaine Stritch, the brash theater performer whose gravelly, gin-laced voice and impeccable comic timing made her a Broadway legend, has died. She was 89. Joseph Rosenthal, Stritch's longtime attorney, said the actress died Thursday of natural causes at her home in Birmingham, Michigan. Although Stritch appeared ...

Fujiwara breaks TV taboo, slams secrets bill

Sep 18, 2013

Fujiwara breaks TV taboo, slams secrets bill

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Norika Fujiwara has broken an unwritten rule of the television business: sharing her political views. The popular model and actress has come out against a bill that stiffens penalties against civil servants who leak classified information. Writing on her website, Fujiwara, 42, said passing such ...