Yang Naimei was Chinese actresses of the late 1920s who is popularly remembered for her many roles in both classical and animated movies. She was born in Fujian Province in eastern China and was one of six children of Huang Jiefang. Her early years spent in poverty in China’s village and farm were spent studying dance, reading literature, and trying to survive in the harsh environment of rural life.
One of the many talents that came from that experience was her strong sense of creativity, which was shown in her short plays and in adapting Western ways to Chinese life and culture. Later, she became known for her beautiful green eyes and freckles that made her a favorite pick for artists during the post-war China craze. Some of her most famous movies are The Lady from Fujian (1926), The Boxer (1928), Romance in the Air (1929), The Mysterious Lady (1931), The Man With One Pearl (1932), The Mysterious Lady and Me (1933), Romance in the Wind (1934), The Mysterious Miss Muffet (1937), The Mysterious Ninja (1938), The Mysterious Apprentice (1940), The Gong Master (1941), The Return of the Jedi (Revenge of the Sith, Revenge of the Jedi, etc.) and Romance in the Wind (aka The Rose of Versailles).
Yang Naimei was an exceptionally talented woman, who did not have a big breakthrough when it came to movies, but had a long career that spanned four decades. She did not have a great success rate either but had some popular and well-known roles in both Hollywood and China. Born in Fujian province in what is now Yunnan, Yang spent her early years in the countryside. At the age of eighteen, she was an apprentice for dancer Li Shi, who was well-known at that time for his talent as a silent film actor. Li Shi encouraged Yang to pursue her acting career, which she did for the next few years in small television programs, musicals and movies.
After years of successful and well-received movies, Yang Naimei finally became an actress in the late thirties, playing various characters in both Hollywood movies and Chinese movies. She also appeared in a number of popular songs by popular Chinese songwriters. Most of her later film appearances were extremely well-received, but did not enjoy mainstream success. Eventually, Yang became known as the versatile and well-known character actress Yul Brynner in the Hollywood film version of The Mysterious Maid.
|Age||35 years old|
|Born||6 November 1986|
|Net Worth in 2021||$1 Million – $5 Million|
|Salary in 2020||Under Review|
|Net Worth in 2019||Pending|
|Salary in 2019||Under Review|
|Source of Income||Actress|
When Yang Naimei moved to Hollywood in the early 1920s, many of her roles were performed by Japanese actors. This included Japanese samurai warriors in a number of films including The Samurai, Romance of Japan, The Long Defeat and the remake of The Samurai bride. However, Yang chose to stay in Japan and work with Chinese women on screen instead. In her final movie, she played the lead role in the classic opera, Lilies of the valley.
Yang Naimei is well-known today as a strong, beautiful and versatile Chinese-American actress. Her honors include being listed on the Oprah Magazine’s “100 Favorite Stars” list, having been chosen as one of the “TV’s Most Wanted” list and winning four Golden Globes for her performances. Her other credits include the films The Perfume Song (aka Memories of You) and You Are So Beautiful. Today, Yang Naoki is best known for her award-winning role as the unforgettable Chinese maid in the American TV series, Peppermint. Her role as the quiet, formidable and mysterious yang is widely considered to be one of the best Chinese-Americans ever portrayed on screen.