Michelle Yeoh and French businessman Jean Todt tie the knot in Geneva, Switzerland on July 27, 2023.
Oscar winner Michelle Yeoh has married her longtime partner Jean Todt in a ceremony in Switzerland – almost two decades after the French businessman first proposed to her.
Yeoh, 60, who earlier this year became the first woman of Asian descent to win the Oscar for best actress, confirmed her marriage to Todt, 77, a former Ferrari executive, on Instagram over the weekend.
“19 years and YES!! we are married!! Thanks to our ‘families’ who love us all these years. We love you and there are many more to come,” the Malaysian actress wrote.
The post included pictures of the two exchanging rings, and another of them sitting snuggled together on a bed decorated with flower petals.
A photo of a printed wedding announcement posted on Instagram by racing driver Felipe Massa, who was a guest at the ceremony, gave an insight into the long love story that led to last week’s nuptials.
“We met in Shanghai on June 4, 2004. On July 26, 2004 JT proposed to MY and she said YES! Today after 6,992 days on July 27, 2023 in Geneva surrounded by loving family and friends, we so excited to celebrate this special moment together!” message read.
Yeoh broke into a new level of celebrity status this year for her acclaimed performance in “Everything Everywhere All at Once.”
The film, which follows the story of a Chinese immigrant and laundromat owner who finds himself at the center of a battle in the multiverse, won seven Oscars out of 11 nominations – including best picture – at the Academy Awards in March.
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Accepting her Oscar, the star called it a “beacon of hope and opportunity” for “all the little boys and girls who look like me.” Yeoh, who himself did many of the stunts in the action flick, also gave a shout out to women, saying: “Ladies, don’t let anyone tell you that you’re ever past your prime.”
Film credits for Yeoh, who is widely considered an icon in martial arts films, also include Marvel Studios’ “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” (2021), “Crazy Rich Asians” (2018), “The Mummy : Tomb” of the Dragon Emperor” (2008), “Memoirs Of A Geisha” (2005) and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000).
She established her name in Hong Kong action films of the 1980s and 90s, before her international breakthrough role in 1997 opposite Pierce Brosnan in “Tomorrow Never Dies”.
And Yeoh’s part in the James Bond film got a nod at her wedding – among photos the actress shared announcing her marriage was a fake movie poster titled: “Love Never Dies.”
The poster made an image from an epic motorcycle ride in the Bond film to replace Brosnan’s face with Todt’s while Yeoh appears on the back of the bike.
Todt posted the framed photo on platform X, formerly known as Twitter, over the weekend, thanking longtime Bond producer Barbara Broccoli for the “touching” wedding gift.
Todt, who made his name as a co-driver in the World Rally Championship, is also a former president of Formula 1’s governing body, the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile. He currently serves as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety.