France Nuyen

Actor, Artist's model, Therapist
A tawny, sleek, somber-looking actress, of French and Vietnamese extraction, Nuyen made her film debut at 19 as Liat in the film version of "South Pacific" (1958) and in the 1960s was briefly promoted as an exotic type ... Read more »
Born: 07/31/1939 in France

Filmography

Actor (29)

The Big Game 2014 (Movie)

Atanga (Actor)

The Battle of Shaker Heights 2003 (Movie)

Xiou-Xiou Ling (Actor)

hundred percent 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Magic Pearl 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Voice

A Passion to Kill 1994 (Movie)

Lou Mazaud (Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1968 - 1980, 1992 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Raven 1968 - 1980, 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Joy Luck Club 1993 (Movie)

Ying Ying (Actor)

China Cry 1990 (Movie)

Mrs Sung (Actor)

Write to Kill 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jealousy 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Hawaii Five-O 1968 - 1980 (Tv Show)

Actor

Battle For the Planet of the Apes 1973 (Movie)

Alma (Actor)

The Horror at 37,000 Feet 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

One More Train to Rob 1970 (Movie)

Ah Toy (Actor)

The Man in the Middle 1964 (Movie)

Kate Davray (Actor)

A Girl Named Tamiko 1963 (Movie)

Tamiko (Actor)

Diamond Head 1962 (Movie)

Mei Chen (Actor)

Satan Never Sleeps 1961 (Movie)

Siu-Lan (Actor)

The Last Time I Saw Archie 1961 (Movie)

Cindy Hamilton (Actor)

In Love and War 1958 (Movie)

Kalai Ducanne (Actor)

South Pacific 1958 (Movie)

Liat (Actor)

Black Water Gold (TV Show)

Actor

Code Name: Diamond Head (TV Show)

Actor

Deathmoon (TV Show)

Actor

Jealousy (Movie)

(Actor)

Midas Valley (TV Show)

Actor

Return to Fantasy Island (TV Show)

Actor

Tom Clancy's Op Center (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A tawny, sleek, somber-looking actress, of French and Vietnamese extraction, Nuyen made her film debut at 19 as Liat in the film version of "South Pacific" (1958) and in the 1960s was briefly promoted as an exotic type. She also starred on Broadway in the title role (learned phonetically, because her English was still very shaky) of the popular "The World of Suzie Wong". After making the middling features "Diamond Head" (1962), "A Girl Named Tamiko" (1962) and "Dimension 5" (1966), Nuyen worked largely during the 70s and 80s in forgettable TV-movies like "The Horror at 37,000 Feet" (1973), "Deathmoon" (1978) and "Jealousy" (1984). She had better luck with her role as the dignified, compassionate Dr. Kiem on the final two seasons of the acclaimed NBC medical drama, "St. Elsewhere". Having completed graduate work in psychology, Nuyen began a second career as a therapist in 1986, but renewed feature film work beckoned in the early 90s, most notably a role as one of four mothers who bond with their daughters over mah jongg in Wayne Wang's "The Joy Luck Club" (1993).

Relationships

Louis Vannga

Father
Vietnamese

Julie Vannga

Mother
French

Fleur Morell

Daughter
Father, Thomas Morell

Marlon Brando Actor

Companion

Robert Culp Actor

Husband
Met while appearing on his TV show "I Spy" (NBC) married 1967 divorced 1970

Thomas Morell

Husband
Married from 1963-1966

Milestones

2003

Featured in "The Battle of Shaker Heights"

1993

Portrayed one of the mothers in the family drama "The Joy Luck Club"; based on the novel by Amy Tan

1990

Returned to feature films to play a leading role in "China Cry"

1990

Had a recurring role on "Knots Landing"

1989

Appeared on the NBC daytime drama "Santa Barbara"

1986

Had a recurring role on the final two seasons of "St. Elsewhere" (NBC) as Dr. Paulette Kiem

1973

Featured in the fifth and final film "Battle for the Planet of the Apes"

1968

Again cast opposite William Shatner in an episode of "Star Trek" as the memorable Elaan of Troyius

1963

Cast opposite Charlton Heston in the film "Diamond Head"

1962

Appeared in the film "A Girl Named Tamiko" opposite Laurence Harvey

1958

Made theatrical debut in the title role of "The World of Suzie Wong" opposite William Shatner

1958

Made feature film debut in the adaptation of the Broadway musical, "South Pacific"

1955

Discovered by the LIFE photographer Philippe Halsman on the beach

Moved to New York from Marseilles to begin a career as a model

Bonus Trivia

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Born in Marseilles the day that France declared war on Germany. "All the children born on that day were named 'France.'" - Nuyen was quoted in the New York Daily News, April 30, 1991

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In 1986, Nuyen earned a master's degree in Clinical Psychology

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