The 34th Palm Springs International Film Awards will present Michelle Yeoh with the International Star Award in recognition of her well-praised work in the A24 movie Everything Everywhere All at Once.

Harold Matzner, chairman of the film festival said, “Michelle Yeoh is everything in the exhilarating film ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once”. “In one of the most memorable roles of her career, Yeoh plays Evelyn Wang, a Chinese American woman who is recruited to save the multiverse.”

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Yeoh has also been mentioned as a possible contender for Best Actress at the upcoming Academy Awards. Nicole Kidman, Saoirse Ronan, Charlize Theron, Helen Mirren, and Penélope Cruz are past recipients of the International Star Award who all went on to get the Oscar nominations.

Who is Michelle Yeoh ?

Michelle Yeoh Choo Kheng is a Hong Kong Malaysian actress. She was born on August 6, 1962, in Ipoh, Perak, to a Hokkien and Cantonese-speaking local ethnic Malaysian Chinese family.

Her parents Janet Yeoh and Yeoh Kian-teik, a Malaysian Chinese Association politician and lawyer who passed away on November 5, 2014, was also the driving force behind Sri Maju’s express bus service. 

Yeoh had a passion for dance from a young age and started learning ballet at the age of four. As a primary student, she attended the all-girls secondary school Main Convent Ipoh in Ipoh. She relocated to the UK with her parents when she was 15 years old to attend a boarding school there.


Yeoh, won the Miss Malaysia World pageant in 1983. She represented Malaysia at the Miss World pageant held in London in 1983. She went to Australia later that year and won the Miss International Tourism Quest competition there.  From there, she starred with Jackie Chan in a television ad that drew the eye of D&B Films, a young Hong Kong production firm.

She debuted in films and started her acting career in action and martial arts films, where she did most of her own stunts.  

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She also appeared in many movies Police Story 3: Super CopThe Heroic Trio, Chi Master, Wing Chun and many others

Yeoh also starred in Kenneth Branagh’s A Haunting in Venice, the follow-up to Murder on the Orient Express, which released theaters on September 15. This project came after Yeoh finished shooting for Everything Everywhere All At Once. Some of her other recent works include the Disney+ series American Born Chinese, the Netflix series The Witcher: Blood Origin, and the series The Brothers Sun.  

Yeoh was previously nominated for the Independent Spirit Awards’ Best Lead Performance, a category that accepts performers of all genders.