|Born||Reiko Andou (安藤 蓮以子 Andō Reiko?)
May 21, 1911
|Died||April 27, 2010
Born Reiko Ando in Tokyo, she began as a stage actress. Early in her career, she became well known for portraying older women. Kitabayashi was a founding member of the famed Mingei Theatre, founded in 1950. In 1960, she won best actress awards at the 10th Blue Ribbon Awards and at the Mainichi Film Awards for Kiku to Isamu. She also won the Japan Academy Prize for best actress in Rainbow Kids (1991), a film that also earned her honors from the Mainichi Film Awards and from Kinema Junpo.
She died on April 27, 2010, of pneumonia at a Tokyo hospital. She was 98.
- Children of Hiroshima (1952)
- Epitome (1953)
- Life of a Woman (1953)
- Wolf (1955)
- Shirogane Shinjū (1956)
- An Actress (1956)
- The Hole (1957)
- Yūrakuchō de Aimashō (1957)
- Kiku to Isamu (1959)
- My Second Brother (1959)
- Odd Obsession (1959)
- Foundry Town (1962)
- The Insect Woman (1963)
- Bad Girl (1963)
- Apart from Life (1970)
- My Neighbor Totoro (1988) – Kanta's grandmother (voice)
- Rainbow Kids (1991) – Mrs. Toshiko Yanagawa
- Medal with Purple Ribbon (1978)
- ブルーリボン賞ヒストリー (in Japanese). Cinema Hochi. Retrieved 2010-01-20.
- "Tanie Kitabayashi was "My Neighbor Totoro" grandma". forum.bcdb.com May 07, 2010
- Stuart Galbraith IV (16 May 2008). The Toho Studios Story: A History and Complete Filmography. Scarecrow Press. p. 375. ISBN 978-1-4616-7374-3.