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Yoshiko Yamaguchi, Japanese film star in 1940s and '50s, dies at 94
Yoshiko Yamaguchi, Japanese film star in 1940s and '50s, dies at 94

Yoshiko Yamaguchi, 94, a Japanese film idol who became one of the country's biggest film stars during and after World War II, died Sept. 7 in Tokyo of heart failure, according to Japanese public broadcaster NHK. Also known as Rikoran at the peak of her career, she was credited as Shirley Yamaguchi in her later U.S. film work. Born to Japanese parents in northern China in 1920, Yamaguchi was raised in Japan's wartime puppet state of Manchukuo, or Manchuria. At 13, she was adopted by a Chinese friend of her father and was renamed Xianglan or Fragrant Orchid. She debuted as Chinese singer Li Xianglan — Rikoran in Japanese — and starred in Chinese-language films...

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