Kyi Kyi Htay

Kyi Kyi Htay (Burmese: ကြည်ကြည်ဌေး, pronounced [tɕì tɕì tʰé]; 19 March 1924 – 4 March 2000) was the first winning actress of the Myanmar Academy Award for the Best Female Artiste Award (now Best Actress Award) in 1952. Being a versatile actress in the golden Burmese film world, she was awarded the title Wunna Kyawhtin by the government.

Kyi Kyi Htay
Ma Thein Kyin

(1924-03-19)19 March 1924
Died4 March 2000(2000-03-04) (aged 75)
Yangon, Myanmar
Other namesAung Mya Kyin, Auk Chin Ma, Marla Yi

Early lifeEdit

Kyi Kyi Htay was born in a small town of Letbadan in Bago Division in Lower Burma to U Po Yin and Daw Ohn Kywe. She was the youngest among five siblings. Her original name was Ma Thein Kyin. [1]


Kyi Kyi Htay took part in Burmese traditional opera, Zat Thabin, since her childhood and became famous under the name Aung Mya Kyin, Auk Chin Ma and Marla Yi. She crossed over to films in 1952, and won her first Burmese Academy Award with her debut film Chit Thet-Wai. She won three more Academy Awards in 1956, 1970 and 1978.[citation needed]

She was married to U Aung Thein, and had two children. She died on 4 March 2000 in Yangon. [2][3]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
1952 Myanmar Academy Award Best Female Artiste Chit Thet Wai (Dear Thet Wai) Won
1956 Myanmar Academy Award Best Female Artiste Chit Khwint Ma Paing (Not Able to Love) Won
1970 Myanmar Academy Award Best Actress for Supporting Role Nu Nu Nge Nge (Delicate and Youthful Won
1978 Myanmar Academy Award Best Actress for Supporting Role Lu Zaw (The Eminent One) Won
Wunna Kyawhtin Won


It is said that Kyi Kyi Htay took part as an actress in more than 300 films.

The famous ones are:


  1. ^ Mranʻ māʹ cvayʻ cuṃ kyamʻʺ (in Burmese). Mranʻ mā Nuinʻ Naṃ Bhā Sā Pranʻ cā Pe ʹA Sāṅʻʺ. 1954.
  2. ^ Who's who in Burma. People's Literature Committee and House. 1961.
  3. ^ Doraiswamy, Rashmi; Padgaonkar, Latika (2 February 2011). Asian Film Journeys: Selections from Cinemaya. SCB Distributors. ISBN 978-81-8328-208-6.
  4. ^ မြန်မာ့သမိုင်း သုတေသနစာစောင် (in Burmese). တက္ကသိုလ်များ သမိုင်းသုတေသနဌာန. 2003.