Reiko Sato

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Reiko Sato
Born (1931-12-19)December 19, 1931
Los Angeles, California, USA
Died May 28, 1981(1981-05-28) (aged 49)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Years active 1950–63

Reiko Sato (December 19, 1931 – May 28, 1981) was an American dancer and actress.

Early life[edit]

Reiko Sato was born in Los Angeles, California. She and her family were interned at the Gila River War Relocation Center during World War II.[1]


Sato is best known for playing seamstress Helen Chao in the feature film Flower Drum Song.

She had performed as the original princess of Ababu in the Broadway production of Kismet, as well as the movie. She was also in the broadway play, Destry Rides Again, having two roles.

Final years[edit]

After her death in 1981, she was cremated, and half of her ashes were sent to a Buddhist Temple. The other half were sent to be "spirited away" to Marlon Brando's private island.



  1. ^ "National Archives: Reiko Sato". Retrieved 2010-12-20. 

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