Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Celebrating WHM: Nancy Kwan

(*Celebrating Women's History Month*)

Today, we honor the legendary Nancy Kwan.

Nancy "Ka Shen" Kwan was born on May 19, 1939 in Hong Kong. 

 While studying dance in London's Royal Ballet School, she was discovered by producer Ray Stark and was tested for the lead role in The World of Suzie Wong.

Ms. Kwan goes into further detail about her famous debut role in this clip from What's My Line?

The following year, Nancy starred in Flower Drum Song. After the release of Suzie Wong and Flower Drum Song, Ms. Kwan became one of the most sought-after actresses in the West. 

In 1972, Nancy returned to Hong Kong to be with her critically ill father. She'd planned to only stay a year, but ended up staying throughout most of the decade. While there, she founded "Nancy Kwan Films", a production company that produced mainly ads for Southeast Asia. She also did acting work there.

Nancy in a famous photo with her famous bob haircut designed by Vidal Sassoon.

Ms. Kwan returned to the United States in the 1980's and continued acting. Today, she puts more of her focus into being a screenwriter, executive, and an advocate and spokeswoman for Asian voters and Asian actors. 



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