On February 13th, 1968, a girl of Chinese, English, and Hawaiian ancestry was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her father, Herbert, was a salesman and her mother, Juanita, worked many odd jobs to help support the family. She has one older brother, Glenn. She is a former Miss Teen USA, and modeled in Japan and Italy for several months before deciding to relocate to L.A. and try her hand at show business. She got her break on TV's "Growing Pains" (1985) in 1987 and never looked back.IMDb Mini Biography By: John Sacksteder <firstname.lastname@example.org> (with C-Minor edit)
Miss Teen USA 1985.
Miss Hawaii USA 1993
Was the very first Asian American female to be crowned Miss Teen USA (1985)
Her older brother is a Lt. Colonel in US Army.
She graduated from The Kamehameha Schools in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Her mother worked as a Draftsperson for city and county of Honolulu.
Father raised exotic birds.
Her cousin is the playwright Jenelle Riley
Co-owned a fast food restuarant, Basic Bites, with her ex-boyfriend.
Has a black belt in karate.
Finished in the Top 6 at Miss USA 1993.
Winner of the Miss Photogenic award at Miss USA 1993
First Asian-American to be featured on the cover of Maxim magazine. That issue was the biggest-selling issue in the magazine's history.
Has a dog named Mushu.
Had only one line of dialog in X2 (2003).
For a recent magazine interview, she showed how she made her favorite dish -- pork lumpia (fried spring rolls).
Took part in many elementary-school and high-school theatrical productions.
She successfully completed the Honolulu Marathon on Dec. 10, 2006, in just under five hours, finishing 7212th out of more than 28,000 runners.
I've managed to keep my clothes on for everything I've done so far.
I was doing poorly in a US history class . . . partly, I think, because Hawaii is so isolated from the rest of the country. So my mother took me to Philadelphia and Boston to see the Liberty Bell and other famous sites. I ended up getting an A in the course.
The hardest point in my life right now is trying to figure out what I'm gonna wear.
My brother taught me how to fight. I was the neighborhood bully.
(May 2003) Announced that she will be performing in the play "Vagina Monologues" in Honolulu, her hometown.
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