Japanese Actress Kaoru Yachigusa Dies at 88

Society Culture

Tokyo, Oct. 28 (Jiji Press)--Japanese actress Kaoru Yachigusa, who has been active since the postwar reconstruction period and starred in many plays, movies and dramas, died of pancreatic cancer at a Tokyo hospital on Thursday. She was 88.

A native of the western Japan city of Osaka, Yachigusa, whose real name was Hitomi Taniguchi, joined Takarazuka Revue, a renowned all-female musical troupe, in 1947.

After making her film debut in 1951, shed rocketed to fame for her role as Otsu in "Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto." She gained international acclaim for her role as the heroine in "Madame Butterfly," an opera film created jointly by Japan and Italy and filmed in Rome.

Yachigusa left Takarazuka Revue in 1957 and married movie director Senkichi Taniguchi.

While fans of Yachigusa's television dramas came to see her as the ideal mother, the actress broke new ground when she played a housewife having an affair with a younger man in "Kishibe no Album" in 1977.

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