Nobu McCarthy

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Nobu McCarthy (November 13, 1934 – April 6, 2002) was a Japanese Canadian actress, stage director, and fashion model. McCarthy was born Nobu Atsumi in Ottawa, Ontario, the daughter of Yuki (née Kano) and Masaji Atsumi, a Japanese fashion designer and diplomatic attache stationed in Canada at the time. She was raised in Japan, where she studied ballet. A modeling career eventually led to a beauty pageant where she won the title of "Miss Tokyo". She married Army Sgt David McCarthy in 1955 and moved to the United States of America. While shopping in the Little Tokyo district in Los Angeles, she was discovered by talent agent Fred Ishimoto, which led to her film debut in The Geisha Boy (1958) starring Jerry Lewis. She starred with Lloyd Bridges in a 1959 Sea Hunt television episode as an Hawaiian woman fighting to protect pearl-beds from poachers. For the next decade, McCarthy continued acting, appearing in smaller roles in a number of movies as well as guest spots on television, including an appearance on The Bing Crosby Show on ABC in the 1964-1965 season. She also had two children, but divorced McCarthy in 1970. In 1971, McCarthy joined East West Players, an Asian American theatre

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