Tanie Kitabayashi

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Tanie Kitabayashi
Born Reiko Andou (安藤 蓮以子 Andō Reiko?)
(1911-05-21)May 21, 1911
Tokyo, Japan
Died April 27, 2010(2010-04-27) (aged 98)
Tokyo, Japan
Occupation Actress
Years active 1936–2003

Tanie Kitabayashi (北林谷栄 Kitabayashi Tanie?, May 21, 1911 – April 27, 2010) was a Japanese actress.

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[1] 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.

One of her memorable roles was that of the voice of Kanta's grandmother in the 1988 Studio Ghibli movie My Neighbor Totoro (Tonari no Totoro).

She died on April 27, 2010, of pneumonia at a Tokyo hospital. She was 98.[2]




  1. ^ ブルーリボン賞ヒストリー (in Japanese). Cinema Hochi. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  2. ^ "Tanie Kitabayashi was "My Neighbor Totoro" grandma". forum.bcdb.com May 07, 2010
  3. ^ 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.