Given name: 谷栄Family name: 北林
Birthday: May 21, 1911Website:
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Kitabayashi Tanie (May 21, 1911 - April 27, 2010) was a Japanese actress. She won the award for best actress at the 10th Blue Ribbon Awards for Kiku to Isamu and at the 15th Japan Academy Prize for Rainbow Kids.
Born Reiko Ando in Tokyo, she began as a stage actress. Early in her career, she became well-known for portraying older women. Kitabayashi was a founding member of the famed Mingei Theatre, founded in 1950.
She won the Award of the Japanese Academy for Best Actress for her role in Daiyukai (1991). The role also won her Best Actress awards at the Mainichi Film Concours and Kinema Junpo Award.
In 1960, she won Best Actress awards at the Mainichi Film Concours and the Blue Ribbon Awards for her work in Kiku to Isamu.
Her most popular role was that of the voice of grandmother Kanta no Obaa-san in the 1988 Studio Ghibli movie Tonari no Totoro.
She died on April 27, 2010 of pneumonia at a Tokyo hospital. She was 98.
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