Nancy Kwan

American actress Nancy Kwan

Nancy "Ka Shen" Kwan is a Hong Kong-born Eurasian-American actress, who played a pivotal role in the acceptance of actors of Asian ancestry in major Hollywood film roles. Widely praised for her beauty, Kwan was considered a sex symbol in the 1960s.
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19 May 1939
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Sassoon brings hair styling exhibition to downtown L.A. Art Walk
LATimes - over 5 years
Those who doubt that hair styling is an art may want to check out a new offering at the monthly Art Walk in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday.  Jeremy Davies-Barbala, senior creative director for Sassoon Salon in Beverly Hills, is orchestrating the premiere of Sassoon at the Art Walk, designed to highlight hair style as a creative statement. Essentially, models in the windows of the Robert Reynolds Gallery will present a collection of artistic styles, focused on the most creative aspects of color and cuts. The presentation will occur in 20-minute increments from 8:15 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. at the gallery, 408 S. Spring St.  I suspect the styles will go beyond the now-classic look the late Vidal Sassoon gave actress Nancy Kwan, shown here, in his heyday -- but even this one was considered ground-breaking in its time for the structure and architectural quality for which Sassoon became famous. The downtown L.A. Art Walk happens on the second Thursday of each month, mostly in and aroun...
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Obama Unstandard Time
Asian Week - over 5 years
Snafus as California Obama for America campaign press team emailed out advisories of teleconference dated last week for June 15 and May 15 at 12:15 pm when it was scheduled 12:30 pm with reactions from leading APA Bay Area politicians…LATINOS & ASIANS LOOK ALIKE:  On May 10, Nevada press rep sent out advisory urging media to visit Obama’s Asian American Pacific Islander site (www.barackobama.com/aapi) as “additional information about the Latinos for Obama”…On June 14, Mashable.com reported that Latino Republican National Committee site (RNClatinos.com) used stock photos of Asian faces…. Abu-Ghraib POW scandal investigator and Major General Tony Taguba supports efforts to preserve Filipino Veterans' World War Two Memorial (Wikipedia) ABU-GHRAIB GENERAL OPPOSES SEIZURE OF VET SPACE: Sounds like the disgraceful 1946 US Rescission Act denying benefits to 200,000 Filipino American war vets. Veterans War Memorial Commissioner Rudy Asercion has recruited more than 250 petitioners in...
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Hairstyling Pioneer Vidal Sassoon Dies at 84
WNYC - Culture - almost 6 years
Hairstylist Vidal Sassoon, who undid the beehive with his wash-and-wear cuts and went on to become an international name in hair care, died Wednesday. He was 84. Sassoon died at his home on Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles, police spokesman Kevin Maiberger said. Officers were summoned to the home at about 10:30 a.m., where they found Sassoon dead with his family. They determined that he died of natural causes, and there will be no further police investigation, Maiberger said. When Sassoon picked up his shears in the 1950s, styled hair was typically curled, teased, piled high and shellacked into place. Then came the 1960s, and Sassoon's creative cuts, which required little styling and fell into place perfectly every time, fit right in with the fledgling women's liberation movement. "My idea was to cut shape into the hair, to use it like fabric and take away everything that was superfluous," Sassoon said in 1993 in the Los Angeles Times, which first reported his dea...
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Merced College Matters: Education is a lifelong adventure - Sacramento Bee
Google News - over 6 years
The 50-minute film, narrated by actress Nancy Kwan, will be followed by a question-and-answer session with director Elaine Mae Woo. The film has received international acclaim for its depth of research and for the rare glimpse into one of Hollywood's
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Film to look at life, career of Asian-American actress - Middle East North Africa Financial Network
Google News - over 6 years
The 50-minute film, narrated by actress Nancy Kwan, will be followed by a question-and-answer session with director Elaine Mae Woo. The film has received international acclaim for its depth of research and for the rare glimpse into one of Hollywood's
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Pencil This In: Get Thee to the A+D Museum - Without a Car - LAist
Google News - over 6 years
Nancy Kwan of the 1961 Flower Drum Song will appear at the Egyptian Theater; LACMA Photographic Arts Council members hold an exhibit of some items from their private collections at the Stephen Cohen Gallery; there's a free Sunset Concert Series at the
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Jackie O's Secret Tapes Reveal A Shockingly Salacious Secret - The Spoof (satire)
Google News - over 6 years
She also enjoyed pretending to be Nancy Kwan in The World of Suzie Wong and she especially loved getting to recite the lines spoken by Sophia Loren in the movie The Key. And needless to say Bill Holden loved every single second of their "Role" playing
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關家倩 回顧50年從影路 - 世界日報
Google News - over 6 years
美國電影學院(American Cinematheque)11日晚7時半將在好萊塢埃及劇院(Egyptian Theatre)放映老牌華裔女星關家倩(Nancy Kwan)的經典作品「花鼓歌」(Flower Drum Song)及表述她演藝生涯的紀錄片「家倩的人生之旅」(To Whom It May Concern Ka Shen's Journey),關
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Double Feature! To Whom It May Concern: Ka Shen's Journey and World of Suzie Wong - US-China Institute
Google News - over 6 years
This documentary follows actress Nancy Kwan from her birth in Hong Kong to her big screen debut in 1960s. Double Feature! TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: KA SHENS JOURNEY, 2010, Locomotive Distribution, 104 min. Dir. Brian Jamieson
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Things to do this weekend - Daily Breeze
Google News - over 6 years
Little Fish Theatre presents a love story that spans three decades, between a salesman and his boss's wife, 8 tonight and Saturday, 777 Centre St., San Pedro; tickets $25/$22; 310-512-6030, Nancy Kwan starred in 1960's "The World of Suzie Wong" and
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Le monde de Suzie Wong : réédition du célèbre roman de Richard Mason - Hong-Kong-Cityguide
Google News - over 6 years
Richard Mason (1919-1997) est un écrivain britannique peu connu en France, mais il a été célèbre dans les pays anglophones. Plusieurs de ses livres ont été adaptés au cinéma dont ce roman, avec William Holden et Nancy Kwan dans les rôles principaux
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Nancy Kwan in Person & Hopefully Hou in 35mm at Asian Film Festival - San Diego Reader (blog)
Google News - over 6 years
This year SDAFF will honor Nancy Kwan, the renowned Eurasian actress who helped to shatter the Hollywood race barrier with her performance in The World of Suzie Wong (1960). At the time, featured roles for Asians in American films were still largely
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发型大师沙宣惊传罹患血癌两年 - 大纪元
Google News - over 6 years
1960年代,沙宣为进军美国好莱坞的女星香港关南施(Nancy Kwan)设计齐短发型“鲍伯头”(the bob)而闻名,其后更打造市值一亿英镑的全球性发廊及美发产品王国。沙宣于2009年获颁大英帝国司令勋章(CBE)勋衔,同年10月20日
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Starfriseur - Nachrichten Print - WELT AM SONNTAG - Wirtschaft - WELT ONLINE - WELT ONLINE
Google News - over 6 years
Mit dem "Nancy-Kwan-Bob" hat er seinen Durchbruch. Der Schnitt wird weltweit kopiert, und Sassoon expandiert. 1964 eröffnet er den ersten US-Salon in New York. 1966 gründet er in London die erste Friseurschule. Reich macht ihn aber erst die Einführung
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'Beauty' Is in the Eye of the Century City Beholder - Patch.com
Google News - over 6 years
Marilyn Monroe, Grace Jones, Madonna, Hilary Swank, Iman, Kate Moss, Nancy Kwan, Stephanie Seymour, Venus Williams, Megan Fox and Angelina Jolie are among the familiar faces in the images. Lanza believes that those viewing Beauty Culture's more than
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24 Early Entrance Grads in CSULA's Class of 2011 - TMC Net
Google News - over 6 years
She currently serves as a teacher's assistant for actress Nancy Kwan, who is a part-time faculty at CSULA. A regular contributor to the school newspaper, she also was a tutor for EEP and at the University Writing Center. Chow indicated that her goal is
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Tonight at the Texas: Story of actress Nancy Kwan and Guitar Wolf unleashed - Dallas Morning News (subscription) (blog)
Google News - over 6 years
It's the story of Nancy Kwan who starred in the movies The World of Suzie Wong (1960) and Flower Drum Song (1961). As the theater's website puts it: "Nancy Kwan's story is both fairytale and poignant as it takes it's audience on a personal journey,
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3 Films for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month - TribLocal
Google News - over 6 years
Mei Li arrives in San Francisco illegally with her father, to get around the quota on immigrants from China, as the picture-bride-fiancé of Sammy Fong (Jack Soo) who really wants to marry Linda Low (Nancy Kwan) so he sends her Wang-Chi Yang (Benson
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An urban folk singer who calls Alhambra home - Alhambra Source
Google News - over 6 years
... 2011 The Godfather will play Alhambra's most infamous resident in an upcoming HBO biopic. by Nasrin Aboulhosn, Community Contributor, May 26, 2011 Nancy Kwan will be honored for 50 years in Hollywood and her films will be screened at the AMC
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Timeline
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2011
    Age 71
    The Straits Times reported in March 2011 that Kwan continues to serve as a film screenwriter and executive.
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    In 2011, she recorded an audiobook for the 1989 memoir When Heaven and Earth Changed Places by Le Ly Hayslip with Jay Wurts.
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  • 2008
    Age 68
    Kwan wrote an introduction for the 2008 book For Goodness Sake: A Novel of Afterlife of Suzie Wong written by American author James Clapp using the nom de plume Sebastian Gerard.
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  • 2007
    Age 67
    Kwan appeared in Arthur Wong's 2007 documentary Hollywood Chinese, where other Chinese dignitaries and she discussed the past accomplishments and the impending plight of Chinese people in the film industry.
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  • 2006
    Age 66
    If work is a pleasure, why not?" In 2006, Kwan reunited with Flower Drum Song co-star James Shigeta to perform A. R. Gurney's two-person play Love Letters.
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    On March 17, 2006, cheongsam-wearing Kwan and her husband, Norbert Meisel, attended the debut performance of Hong Kong Ballet's depiction of Suzie Wong at Sha Tin Town Hall.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1996
    Age 56
    In 1996 when he was 33, Kwan's son, Bernie, died after contracting AIDS from his girlfriend whom Kwan had cautioned him to avoid.
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  • 1994
    Age 54
    Around 1994, her husband and she produced the feature film Biker Poet.
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    In 1994, she lived with her second husband, film distributor David Giler, and her son, Bernie, in a Beverly Hills house.
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    Kwan said in a 1994 interview with the South China Morning Post that even decades after her film debut and despite her having done over 50 films thence, viewers continued to send numerous letters to her about the film.
  • 1993
    Age 53
    In November 1993, Kwan co-starred in the two-character play Arthur and Leila about two siblings who struggle with their Chinese identities.
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    Kwan could have capitalized on the trend through a role in the 1993 film The Joy Luck Club.
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    In 1993, Kwan was asked about whether she was confronted with racism as a leading Asian Hollywood actress in the 1960s.
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    In May 1993, she completed the production of a film about Eurasians, Loose Woman With No Face, which she wrote, directed, and starred.
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    In 1993, Kwan played Gussie Yang, a "tough-talking, soft-hearted Hong Kong restaurateur", in the fictional Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1987
    Age 47
    In 1987, Nancy Kwan co-owned the dim sum restaurant Joss.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1979
    Age 39
    In 1979, the two returned to the United States because Kwan wanted him to finish his schooling there.
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  • 1973
    Age 33
    She did not stop her work, starring as Dr. Sue in the 1973 film Wonder Women.
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  • 1970
    Age 30
    Nancy Kwan married David Giler (a Hollywood scriptwriter) in July 1970 in a civil ceremony in Carson City, Nevada.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1968
    Age 28
    Kwan divorced Peter Pock in June 1968.
  • 1964
    Age 24
    In the 1964 Fate Is the Hunter, her seventh film, Kwan played an ichnologist.
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  • 1963
    Age 23
    In 1963, Kwan starred as the title character of Tamahine.
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  • 1962
    Age 22
    Her third movie was the 1962 British drama film The Main Attraction with Pat Boone.
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    In 1962 (when she was 22), Kwan was dating Swiss actor Maximilian Schell.
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    In addition to being featured on the cover of Life magazine, Kwan the subject of a 1962 article in a popular women's magazine, McCall's, entitled "The China Doll that Men Like".
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    After starring in The World of Suzie Wong and Flower Drum Song, Kwan experienced a meteoric rise to celebrity. Scholar Jennifer Leah Chan of New York University chronicled the media attention Kwan received after starring in two Hollywood films, writing that Kwan's fame peaked in 1962.
  • 1961
    Age 21
    In 1961, she starred in Flower Drum Song in a related role.
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  • 1960
    Age 20
    The scene of Kwan, reposed on a davenport and adorned in a dazzling cheongsam, while showing a "deliciously decadent flash of thigh", became an iconic image. Clad in a cheongsam—"a Chinese dress with a high collar and slits, one on each side of the skirt"—Kwan was on the October 1960 cover of Life, cementing her status as an eminent sex symbol in the 1960s.
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    The World of Suzie Wong was a "box-office sensation". Critics lavished praise on Kwan for her performance. She was given the nickname "Chinese Bardot" for her unforgettable dance performance. Kwan and two other actresses, Ina Balin and Hayley Mills, were awarded the Golden Globe for the "Most Promising Newcomer–Female" in 1960.
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    On February 15, 1960, she began filming the movie in London with co-star William Holden.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1959
    Age 19
    In 1959, one month after Nuyen was selected for the film role and while Kwan was touring in Toronto, Stark told her to screen test again for the film.
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  • 1958
    Age 18
    Paramount favored the eminent France Nuyen, who had been widely praised for her performance in the 1958 film South Pacific.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1939
    Born
    Born in Hong Kong on May 19, 1939, and growing up in Kowloon Tong, she is the daughter of Kwan Wing Hong, a Cantonese architect, and Marquita Scott, a Caucasian model of English and Scottish ancestry.
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