Michele Connor was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. She moved to the US to attend the University of Southern California in 1973. After graduation, she worked for Sanrio Film, eventually branching out on her own to become an independent production manager for Japanese filmmakers and TV. She interviewed subjects of documentaries and general interest programs; appeared weekly on Tokyo Broadcasting Station morning news; was co-host of a popular morning talk show; provided research, casting and production coordination for film companies and the national broadcasting company of Japan. She now resides in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where she moved in 1989.