Actress Mitsuko Mori dies at 92
Veteran award-winning actress Mitsuko Mori has died of heart failure at a Tokyo hospital. She was 92.
Born in Kyoto City, Mori became a popular singer after making her cinema debut, aged just 14.
She set a record by appearing over 2,000 times as the lead in one of Japan's longest-running plays. "Ho-ro-ki," about the life of a female novelist, began in 1961. The role demanded that she perform a somersault in a kimono, even in old age.
She was a regular on TV, often playing cheerful mother roles.
Mori was awarded the Order of Culture in 2005 and the People's Honor Award in 2009 for almost half a century of performances in "Ho-ro-ki".