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Nancy Kwan

Nancy Kwan was born in Hong Kong to a Chinese father and British/Scottish mother. She was studying dancing at the Royal Ballet School in England when producer Ray Stark spotted her. Then, at the age of 18, she received the starring role of a free-spirited Hong Kong prostitute who captivates artist Robert Lomax (William Holden) in the film adaptation of The World of Suzie Wong (1960).

She followed it up the next year with the hit musical The Flower Drum Song (1961) and became one of Hollywood's most visible Asian actresses. She spent the 1960s commuting between America and Europe for film roles, only to return to her native Hong Kong in 1972 to be with her critically ill father. Upon returning to the USA in 1979, she has had guest appearances and co-starring roles on numerous TV Productions. Today she is politically active as the spokeswoman for the Asian American Voters Coalition.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Nancy Kwan Facts

BirthdayMay 19, 1939 (83)
BirthplaceHong Kong

Selected Filmography

RiffTrax: Wonder Women
Flower Drum Song
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N.
Matt Helm Lounge: The Silencers / Murderers' Row / The Ambushers / The Wrecking Crew
Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N.
Uncommon Valor
The World of Suzie Wong
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