Nancy Kwan

Actor, Dancer
As a young girl growing up in postwar Hong Kong, Nancy Kwan was physically active. She was a bit of a tomboy and excelled at sports and Tai Chi. At age 12, she was sent to England to study ballet; she went on to dance ... Read more »
Born: 05/18/1939 in Hong Kong

Filmography

Actor (34)

Murder on the Yellow Brick Road 2006 (Movie)

Natalie Chung (Actor)

ER 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mr. P's Dancing Sushi Bar 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Sound of Movies 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Soul of the Avenger 1995 (Movie)

Ling Li (Actor)

Dragon: the Bruce Lee Story 1993 (Movie)

Gussie Yang (Actor)

Cold Dog Soup 1989 (Movie)

Madame Chang (Actor)

Night Children 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

Fortress in the Sun 1985 (Movie)

(Actor)

Walking the Edge 1985 (Movie)

Christine (Actor)

Angkor-Cambodia Express 1980 (Movie)

Sue (Actor)

Night Creature 1978 (Movie)

Leslie (Actor)

Project: Kill 1975 (Movie)

(Actor)

Supercock 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

Wonder Women 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hawaii Five-O 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

The McMasters 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Wrecking Crew 1968 (Movie)

Yu-Rang (Actor)

Nobody's Perfect 1967 (Movie)

Tomiko Momoyama (Actor)

The Girl Who Knew Too Much 1967 (Movie)

Revel Drue (Actor)

Arrivederci, Baby! 1966 (Movie)

Baby (Actor)

Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N. 1965 (Movie)

Wednesday (Actor)

Fate Is the Hunter 1964 (Movie)

Sally Fraser (Actor)

Honeymoon Hotel 1963 (Movie)

Lynn Hope (Actor)

Tamahine 1962 (Movie)

(Actor)

Flower Drum Song 1961 (Movie)

Linda Low (Actor)

The World of Suzie Wong 1960 (Movie)

Suzie Wong (Actor)

Babies (TV Show)

Actor

Blade in Hong Kong (TV Show)

Actor

James Clavell's Noble House (TV Show)

Actor

Miracle Landing (TV Show)

Actor

Ray of Sunshine (Movie)

(Actor)

The Last Ninja (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Ray of Sunshine (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

As a young girl growing up in postwar Hong Kong, Nancy Kwan was physically active. She was a bit of a tomboy and excelled at sports and Tai Chi. At age 12, she was sent to England to study ballet; she went on to dance in productions of "Swan Lake" and "Sleeping Beauty" and eventually to earn her teaching certificate. One day, at the age of 18, when she was visiting her home country for summer holidays, she had a big break. Director Ray Stark was searching for a Chinese actress to play the title character in his upcoming film, an adaptation of the Richard Mason novel "The World of Suzie Wong", the story of a romance between a struggling American artist and the daughter of a wealthy Chinese businessman, set in Hong Kong. Kwan was chosen out of 500 applicants, despite her lack of acting experience. Her success in that part immediately opened the door to further opportunities, and the next year she was putting her dancing skills to work in the lead role of the film adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway hit "Flower Drum Song", another interracial romance, set in San Francisco. In the 1980s, Kwan made a push into television where she appeared on many of the staples of the day such as "The A-Team" and "Fantasy Island". She eventually started her own commercial production company and is now mostly widely recognized for her role in infomercials for the beauty product Pearl Cream.

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