Actress Yuriko Hoshi in May 2015. Photo by Brett Homenick.
The Japanese media is reporting that Toho actress Yuriko Hoshi passed away on May 16 in Kyoto due to lung cancer. She was 74. Making her screen debut in 1959, Hoshi-san was best known in the West for her starring roles in The Last War (1961), Godzilla vs. the Thing (1964), and Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster (1964). She returned to the Godzilla series many years later in Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000).
From left to right: Yuriko Hoshi, Yosuke Natsuki, and Yumi Shirakawa. All have since passed away. Photo by Brett Homenick.
When I received the invitation to attend Yosuke Natsuki's memorial event in April of this year, Hoshi-san was listed as one of the guest speakers, so I was surprised when she didn't appear. Now it seems I know why.