Actress Michelle Yeoh Barred From Burma
Posted on Jun 29, 2011
Malaysian-born Michelle Yeoh is one of very few actors to have found onscreen success in her home base of Hong Kong as well as in Hollywood. But since she played the part of Burmese political crusader Aung San Suu Kyi in Luc Besson’s upcoming film “The Lady,” her crossover powers won’t grant her passage into Suu Kyi’s country, where she’s become persona non grata in the eyes of the government. —KA
Michelle Yeoh, a former Bond girl, tried to enter the country on 22 June but was deported on the same day.
An official told reporters that Michelle Yeoh was now blacklisted and would not be able to enter Burma.
She has visited Burma before - in December, she met the Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi.
“She did not have the chance to enter Myanmar (Burma) again. She was deported straight away on the first flight after arriving at Yangon (Rangoon) International Airport,” a Burmese official said.
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Michelle Yeoh at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival in 2009.