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Occupation  Actress
Years active  1936–2003

Name  Tanie Kitabayashi
Role  Actress
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Full Name  Reiko Andou (安藤 蓮以子, Ando Reiko)
Born  May 21, 1911 (1911-05-21) Tokyo, Japan
Died  April 27, 2010, Setagaya, Tokyo City, Tokyo, Japan
Awards  Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Movies  My Neighbor Totoro, The Burmese Harp, Kiku to Isamu, Letter from the Mountain, Conflagration
Similar People  Tadashi Imai, Kihachi Okamoto, Kon Ichikawa, Natto Wada, Masaichi Nagata

Tanie Kitabayashi (北林谷栄, Kitabayashi Tanie, May 21, 1911 – April 27, 2010) was a Japanese actress.


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. In 1960, she won best actress awards at the 10th Blue Ribbon Awards and at the Mainichi Film Awards for Kiku to Isamu. She also won the Japan Academy Prize for best actress in Rainbow Kids (1991), a film that also earned her honors from the Mainichi Film Awards and from Kinema Junpo.

One of her memorable roles was that of the voice of Kanta's grandmother in the 1988 Studio Ghibli movie My Neighbor Totoro (Tonari no Totoro).

She died on April 27, 2010, of pneumonia at a Tokyo hospital. She was 98.


  • Snow White (1937) - The Evil Queen (dub voice)
  • Children of Hiroshima (1952)
  • Epitome (1953)
  • Life of a Woman (1953)
  • Wolf (1955)
  • Shirogane Shinjū (1956)
  • An Actress (1956)
  • The Hole (1957)
  • Yūrakuchō de Aimashō (1957)
  • Enjō (1958)
  • Kiku to Isamu (1959)
  • My Second Brother (1959)
  • Odd Obsession (1959)
  • Foundry Town (1962)
  • The Insect Woman (1963)
  • Bad Girl (1963)
  • Apart from Life (1970)
  • My Neighbor Totoro (1988) – Kanta's grandmother (voice)
  • Rikyu (1989) – Ōmandokoro
  • Rainbow Kids (1991) – Mrs. Toshiko Yanagawa
  • Honours

  • Medal with Purple Ribbon (1978)
  • References

    Tanie Kitabayashi Wikipedia