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Rosalind Chao

Rosalind Chao

Rosalind Chao or Chao Jyalin is a Chinese American actress born in Anaheim, California. Her birthday is somewhat of a mystery. Different sources give 1956; September 23, 1957; September 23, 1959; or September 29, 1964.

Her parents were amateurs in Beijing opera singing, and Rosalind Chao was in some small roles of some operas as a girl. She started shooting commercials at 7. After she graduated from Pomona College, her TV career began.

Chao played as Keiko O'Brien (maiden name Ishikawa), a Japanese exo-botanist, in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the founder and teacher of a school on DS9's promanade, the wife of engineer Miles O'Brien, and a mother of two.

Chao also appeared in both the television series M*A*S*H and its spinoff, AfterMASH. She first appeared in M*A*S*H during the last several episodes of the series as Soon-Lee, a Korean woman who fell in love and married Maxwell Klinger. In AfterMASH, she and Klinger moved to America where Klinger went to work for his former Commanding Officer, Colonel Potter.

Chao plays one of the eight main characters in The Joy Luck Club. However, her favourite role is a minor one in What Dreams May Come, where she played flight attendant Leona, the physical manifestation of the protagonist's dead daughter.

Chao has also guest-starred in The West Wing as Jane Gentry, and several episodes of The O.C. as Dr. Kim.

Rosalind Chao is a mother and is married to Simon Templeman.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

Rosalind Chao Facts

BirthdaySeptember 29, 1964 (58)
BirthplaceAnaheim, California, USA
Height5' 6" (1m68)  How tall is Rosalind Chao compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Thousand Pieces of Gold
What Dreams May Come
A Man Alone
Ep 1- Movin' In
Mr. Monk Goes Back to School
The Joy Luck Club
Freaky Friday
Ep 25
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