Keiko Kishi

Keiko Kishi (岸 惠子, Kishi Keiko, born August 11, 1932 in Yokohama, Japan) is a Japanese actress, writer, and UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador.

Keiko Kishi
Keiko Kishi (1957)
Born (1932-08-11) August 11, 1932
Yokohama, Japan
OccupationActress, writer
Years active1951–present

Life and career

She made her acting debut in 1951. In the 1950s, David Lean had proposed her for the main role in The Wind Cannot Read, which is about a Japanese language instructor in India circa-1943 who falls in love with a British officer, but the project fell through.

Kishi married the French director Yves Ciampi in 1957, and commuted for a while between Paris and Japan to continue her acting career. In 1963 a daughter, Delphine Ciampi, a musician and composer, was born. She divorced her husband in 1975.

Since 1996 she has been a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

In 2002, she won the Japan Academy Prize for best actress for her role in the film Kah-chan.[1]






  1. 第 25 回日本アカデミー賞優秀作品 (in Japanese). Japan Academy Prize. Retrieved December 16, 2010.
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