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Setsuko Hara
Born June 17, 1920(1920-06-17)
Yokohama, Japan
Other name(s) Masae Aida
Years active 1935 to 1963

Setsuko Hara (Japanese: 原節子; born Masae Aida June 17, 1920, Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture) is a Japanese actress who appeared in many of Yasujiro Ozu's films, most notably as Noriko in the Noriko Trilogy (Late Spring, Early Summer, and Tokyo Story). She also starred in films by Akira Kurosawa, Mikio Naruse and other prominent directors. She is called "the Eternal Virgin" in Japan and is a symbol of the golden era of Japanese cinema of the 1950s. She suddenly quit acting in 1963 (the same year as Ozu's death), and has since led a secluded life in Kamakura, refusing all interviews and photographs (leading Japanese-cinema scholar Donald Richie to refer to her as the "Greta Garbo of Japan"). Her last major role was Riku, wife of Oishi Yoshio, in the 1962 film, Chushingura. She was the inspiration for the protagonist of the 2001 movie Millennium Actress. [1]

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