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Name: Tamlyn Naomi Tomita                                                           
Born: 27 January 1966 Okinawa, Japan                                                 
Tamlyn Naomi Tomita (born January 27, 1966) is a Ryukyuan-born American actress     
who has appeared in many Hollywood films and television series.                     
Tomita was born in Okinawa, the daughter of Shiro and Asako Tomita. She is of       
one quarter-Filipino descent (her mother is half Filipina, half Japanese).           
Before becoming an actress, she won the title of Queen at the Nisei Week Pageant     
in Los Angeles in 1984, and Miss Nikkei International in 1985.                       
In 1986, Tomita made her acting debut in The Karate Kid, Part II, playing Ralph     
Macchio's love interest. On the film she met Nobu McCarthy, herself a former         
beauty queen. McCarthy became a role model, mentor and close friend to Tomita,       
making it especially difficult when in 2002 McCarthy died unexpectedly while on     
location in Brazil with Tomita, filming Gaijin 2 - Ama-me como sou                   
Until the spring of 2006, she dated Japanese American actor Greg Watanabe (brother   
of American Girls bassist Miiko Watanabe), whom she met when they starred           
together in The Summer Moon at Seattle's A Contemporary Theatre.