March 21, 1927
|Died||March 21, 2020(aged 93)|
|Occupation||Actress and singer|
Mariko Miyagi (宮城 まり子) (March 21, 1927 – March 21, 2020) was a Japanese actress, singer, and advocate for children with disabilities. She founded the Kusunoki Gakuen, a school for disabled children.
Miyagi was born Mariko Honme in Tokyo, Japan. She was the older of two siblings. Her family moved to Osaka when she was in the third grade because of her father's work. When she graduated from elementary school the family underwent a series of misfortunes, including her mother's death. Miyagi and her brother entered the Yoshimoto Kogyo production company and became singers.
Miyagi's first stage appearance was in October 1944. After the war, she continued performing at several theaters before releasing her first record in 1950 with Teichiku Records. Her first hit was "Anta Honto ni Sugoi wa ne", which was released by Victor Records. She continued releasing hits like "Gado-shita no Kutsumigaki" throughout the fifties, and appeared on the Kohaku Uta Gassen several times.
While preparing for a role in which she would play a child with cerebral palsy, Miyagi visited a facility for disabled children. Inspired by this, Miyagi started the Nemunoki Gakuen, a school for children with disabilities, in Omaezaki, Shizuoka in 1968. It was the first school of its kind, built when education for disabled children wasn't yet mandatory. The school's curriculum especially focused on music and the arts. It later moved to Kakegawa, Shizuoka. Miyagi directed and produced a documentary about the school called "Nemunoki no Uta".
|1956||Kuronekokan ni Kieta Otoko||Reiko Suzumura|
|1956||Daigaku no kengo keiraku no abarenbo|
|1956||Gojugô mênme no uwaki|
|1956||Tenten musume dainibu: Tenten musume ni hana ga saku|
|1956||Tenten musume daiichibu: Tenten musume ki wa nihon hare|
|1958||Tôkyô no kyûjitsu||Singer|
|1958||Yajikata dôchû sugoroku||Omari|
|1958||Panda and the magic serpent||Voice|
|1959||Gurama-to no yuwaku||Ai|
|1961||Ten dark women||Miwako|
|1962||Kigeki: Detatoko shôbu - 'Chinjarara monogatari' yori||Chôko|
|1964||Zoku Haikei Tenno Heika Sama||Keiko|
|1964||Haikei sôri daijin sama|
|1975||Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid||Fritz||Voice|
|1975||Children Drawing Rainbows||Director|
|1977||Barefoot Gen||Kimie Nakaoka|
|1978||Oyayubihime||Bunbu||Voice, (final film role)|
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- "女立志伝 私はこうして世に出た 流行歌手 宮城まり子さん". Yomiuri Shinbun. July 30, 1957.
- "Japan actress, child welfare facility pioneer Mariko Miyagi dies at 93". Mainichi Daily News. 2020-03-23. Retrieved 2020-03-24.
- "Mariko Miyagi, singer committed to child welfare, dies at age 93". The Asahi Shimbun. Retrieved 2020-03-24.
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- Galbraith IV, Stuart (1996). The Japanese Filmography: A Complete Reference to 209 Filmmakers and the Over 1250 Films Released in the United States, 1900 through 1994. McFarland & Company. p. 133. ISBN 978-0786400324.