Kaoru Yachigusa

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Kaoru Yachigusa
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Yachigusa in 1955
Born(1931-01-06)January 6, 1931
DiedOctober 24, 2019(2019-10-24) (aged 88)
Occupation Actress
Years active1947–2019

Kaoru Yachigusa (八千草 薫, Yachigusa Kaoru, January 6, 1931 October 24, 2019) was a Japanese actress from Osaka Prefecture. From 1947 to 1957 she was a member of the Takarazuka Revue. Since leaving the Revue, she was active in film, television, and narration.


She famously quit part way through the filming of the television series Akai Giwaku outraged at being forced to work at times dictated by idol Momoe Yamaguchi's schedule.

Her husband, director Senkichi Taniguchi, died on October 29, 2007 in Tokyo, Japan. The couple had been married since 1957. [1]

Yachigusa died on October 24, 2019 at a Tokyo hospital from pancreatic cancer, aged 88. [2] [3]

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  2. 女優の八千草薫さん死去 88歳 Archived 2019-10-28 at the Wayback Machine at NHK (in Japanese)
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