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    (July 31, 1939- )
    Born in Marseilles, Bouches-du-Rhone , France
    Birth name is France Nguyen Van-Nga
    Acted in 'In Love and War,' 'The Last Time I Saw Archie,' 'Satan Never Sleeps,' 'A Girl Named Tamiko,' 'Diamond Head,' 'Man in the Middle,' 'Dimension 5,' 'One More Train to Rob,' 'The Horror at 37,000 Feet,' 'Battle for the Planet of the Apes,' 'China Cry,' and 'The Joy Luck Club'
    Guest Starred on episodes of 'Gunsmoke,' 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,' 'The Cherry Blossom Affair,' 'I Spy,' 'Star Trek,' 'Elaan of Troyius,' 'Kung Fu,' 'Medical Center,' 'Hawaii Five-O,' 'The Six Million Dollar Man,' 'The Coward,' 'Charlie's Angels,' 'Columbo,' 'Murder Under Glass,' 'Fantasy Island,' 'Magnum P.I.,' 'St. Elsewhere,' and 'Knots Landing'
    Best known for her debut role as Liat, daughter of Bloody Mary, in the film adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical 'South Pacific' (1958)
    Has worked as a psychological counselor in Los Angeles, California since 2004
    Her nickname is Fan-Fan.
    She later became a bottle blonde.
    She had an affair with Marlon Brando.
    She married twice, with neither marriage lasting beyond three years.
    She did Universal Healthcare pitch ads for California OneCare.
    She had to learn her lines phonetically for the Broadway version of 'The World of Suzie Wong.'
    She was replaced by Nancy Kwan for the film version of 'Suzie Wong,' shortly after shooting began.
    She lost out to Rita Moreno for the role of Tuptim in 'The King & I,' despite being of Southeast Asian descent (due to not being a Fox contract player).
    She allegedly had to only take off her shoes and run around a desk during her audition to play the mute Liat character in 'South Pacific.'
    She attained a cult following for her portrayal of the shrewish Elaan of Troyius in the Star Trek episode of the same name.
    She accused Amy Tan of cutting her best scenes out of 'Joy Luck Club' and of promoting herself over the film's lead actresses in publicity ads.
    She is soft-spoken and humble.
    She still makes her own clothes.
    She would have been perfect to portray Psylocke in an X-Men film.
    Ben Mankiewicz called her one of the most beautiful women in the world.
    She was born to a French mother and Vietnamese father, but was raised by a cousin in Marseilles.
    Her mother and grandfather were persecuted by the Nazis for being Romani (Gypsies) during World War II.
    She was discovered by a photographer on the beach (at the time she was working as a seamstress).
    She is believed to be the first actress of Vietnamese descent to appear on American television.
    She also may have been the first Asian-American actress to achieve starlet status post-WWII (preceding Nancy Kwan by at least three years).
    She was inexplicably left out of the 50th Anniversary celebration of 'South Pacific.'
    She transitioned from film work to a career in family practice counseling, working mostly with abused children, battered women and prison inmates.
    She received the 1989 Woman of the Year award for her psychological work with abuse victims.
    Her steamy scenes with John Kerr were probably the only ones that favored Joshua Logan's weird color filter scheme for the 'South Pacific' movie (which were flat-out ugly otherwise...)

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