Shizuko Hoshi

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Shizuko Hoshi
OccupationActress, theatre director, dancer, choreographer
Years active1972–2005

Shizuko Hoshi is a Japanese-American actress, theatre director, dancer and choreographer, living in Southern California. Born in Japan,[1] she is a graduate of Tokyo Women's College and University of Southern California.[2] She was married to actor Mako, the founding Artistic Director of East West Players in Los Angeles and worked closely with the Asian-American theatre company from 1965 to 1989.


While at East West Players, she received many awards for performance, directing and choreography, including a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Featured Performance in Wakako Yamauchi's And the Soul Shall Dance,[3] as well as Drama-Logue Awards for Best Director for Hokusai Sketchbooks, Asa ga Kimashita, A Chorus Line and Mishima.[4] Her film credits include Memoirs of a Geisha, Come See the Paradise and M. Butterfly.

She appeared in the indie film, Charlotte Sometimes and narrated the Academy Award-winning Live Action Short Film, Visas and Virtue. She has also appeared on television, in such shows as Chicago Hope and M*A*S*H*. In 1995, Hoshi co-directed the English language premiere of the Japanese comedy The Fall Guy off-Broadway in New York City.

Other Appearances[edit]

Appeared in Philip Kan Gotanda's 1991 play "The Wash" at Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, California

Personal life[edit]

Hoshi was married to actor Mako until his death in 2006, together they have two daughters (who are both actresses) and two grandchildren.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Sylvester Mrs. Daniels
1990 Come See the Paradise Mrs. Kawamura
1993 M. Butterfly Comrade Chin
2002 Charlotte Sometimes Aunt
2005 Memoirs of a Geisha Sayuri Narration voice


Year Title Role Notes
1972–73 The Bob Newhart Show Hostess/The Waitress 2 Episodes
1974 Fer-de-lance Suan Kuroda TV Movie
1975 Police Story Bin Han Episode: "Year of the Dragon: Part 2"
The Six Million Dollar Man Japanese Woman Episode: "The Wolf Boy"
1977 Quincy M.E. Mom Kamura Episode: Touch of Death
Starsky and Hutch Mrs. Hong Episode: Manchild on the Streets
1978 My Husband Is Missing Vice Consul TV Movie
1974–1979 M*A*S*H Mrs.Li/Mother/The Mother 4 Episodes
1982 Dangerous Company Mrs. Hikaru TV Movie
1983 Baby Sister Mrs. Chang TV Movie
1990 Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes Nurse Yama TV Movie
1996 Chicago Hope Baby Doctor Episode: The Parent Rap
1997 Visas and Virtue Narrator (as Elderly Mrs. Sugihara) Short
1998 C-16: FBI Episode: My Brother's Keeper
1999 Independent Lens Narrator Segment "Visas and Virtue"


  1. ^ Lee, Esther Kim (2006). A History of Asian American Theatre. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. p. 149. ISBN 978-0521850513.
  2. ^ "Susie" Hoshi early history in table tennis
  3. ^ LA Drama Critics Circle winners (1977) Archived 2010-10-08 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Awards history Archived 2007-11-19 at the Wayback Machine on EWP website
  5. ^ "Mako, 72, Actor Who Extended Asian-American Roles, Dies". The New York Times. July 25, 2006. Retrieved May 24, 2017.

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