MIYAMOTO TIMMINS--Anne. After a long battle with breast cancer, Anne Eiko Miyamoto (Timmins) passed peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on Sunday, September I, 2013. An actor and playwright, Anne's most iconic role was in the long-running 1970's Calgon detergent commercial that launched the phrase "Ancient Chinese Secret" into the pop culture lexicon. She appeared alongside Al Pacino in the Broadway show "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel" and in David Hare's "Plenty" with Julianne Moore in Washington, D.C. In recent years, Anne's work as a fiction writer led to residencies at Yaddo, Ragdale, and Sarah Lawrence College. She won the Hawaii Prize in 2009 for her play, "The Mango Tree," which was presented the previous year by The Pan Asian Repertory Company. Anne has performed as an actor in many of their productions as an actor during her early years in New York. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Anne received her BA at the University of Hawaii, and M.S. degrees at New York University and Carnegie-Mellon. She is survived by her three children Mari Keiko Gonzalez, of Brooklyn; Justin Miyamoto Weiner and his wife Beth Foresta, also of Brooklyn, and Joshua Samuel Mitsuo Weiner, of Manhattan; three grandchildren Devon Kameko Gonzalez, Tyler Joseph Foresta Weiner, and Olivia Rose Foresta Weiner. She has one sister, Carol Miyamoto of Honolulu. Services will be held today Sunday, September 8, at 4pm at Riverside Memorial Chapel, on 76th Street in Manhattan. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to panasianrep.org and in the notes section please indicate it is for the Anne Miyamoto New Works Fund.
Published in The New York Times on Sept. 8, 2013