Hailed by critics and colleagues for both her beauty and versatility, Hong Kong film star Michelle Yeoh was a woman who gained fame and fortune by going toe-to-toe against her male counterparts in numerous action films and martial arts flicks. Like action hero Jackie Chan, Yeoh was celebrated for performing her own death-defying stunts and handling her own fight scenes, which were not without their inherent dangers and brushes with near-death. She emerged as a contracted player for D&B Films, which groomed the actress to become Asia's top female action star in movies like "Super Cops" (1985) and "Magnificent Warriors" (1988). Yeoh gained an international footing with the successful cross-continent actioner ""Police Story 3: Supercop" (1992), starring opposite Jackie Chan, before making her official U.S. debut alongside Pierce Brosnan's James Bond in "Tomorrow Never Dies" (1997). From there, she oscillated between Hong Kong and American films before being elevated to the next level in the critically hailed international hit, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (2000), which contained one of her most respected performances. Yeoh next starred in major Hollywood films like "Memoirs of a Geisha" (2005), as well as Danny Boyle's acclaimed sci-fi thriller "Sunshine" (2007), which helped widen her horizons. Throughout her career, Yeoh was capable of matching her male colleagues without ever compromising her femininity, making her one of the most versatile actresses to have emerged from Hong Kong in years.