Momo Yashima on The Odd Couple

Going back to 1973, here’s then-25ish character actress Momo Yashima playing Mitsu Hanogi, an applicant for a housekeeping job in the home of Felix and Oscar on the classic US sitcom, The Odd Couple. Even though lines like “How do you make those radios so small?” and “I’ll take the cute Oriental from column A, forget column B” may not go over well in today’s more culturally-sensitive world, this scene, enhanced with Miss Hanogi’s laugh, is a gem.

As with many Asian-American actresses of the 1970s; Miss Yashima, who’s still alive and well at 66, was restricted to character roles and appeared on M*A*S*H a time or two. See her credits at her IMDb page.


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Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Chris flirted with the music business there and in Nashville before joining the U.S. Army and serving in South Korea. He remained in Asia for several years afterwards, teaching English, traveling, and covering the regional entertainment scenes. Currently in a mindset between Seoul and San Francisco, besides Idol Features, you can also catch his writings in the print edition of the monthly magazine, Effective.

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