Actress Machiko Kyo Dies At 95

Actress Machiko Kyo dies at 95

Japanese actress Machiko Kyo, who won international acclaim for her role in Akira Kurosawa's "Rashomon," died on Sunday from heart failure at the age of 95.

Kyo was born in Osaka, western Japan, in 1924. She joined a revue company when she was 13, and later entered the movie industry.

She played the female leading role in "Rashomon," which became the first Japanese film to win the top prize at the Venice Film Festival in 1951.

Kyo also starred in Kenji Mizoguchi's "Ugetsu," which won the Silver Lion Award at the 1953 Venice festival, and in Teinosuke Kinugasa's "Gate of Hell," which won the Grand Prix at the 1954 Cannes Film Festival.

She also performed in TV dramas and theatrical plays into her 80s.

Kyo was awarded the Medal with Purple Ribbon in 1987 and the Order of the Precious Crown in 1994.