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Nancy Kwan

At just 18, Nancy Kwan was studying dance with England's Royal Ballet School, when she was spotted by producer Ray Stark, who tested her and gave her the starring role of a free-spirited Hong Kong prostitute who captivates artist William Holden in The World of Suzie Wong (1960). She followed it the next year with the hit musical, Flower Drum Song ... See full bio »
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 2016 Window Horses (filming)
Gloria (voice)
 2006 Ray of Sunshine
 2005 Murder on the Yellow Brick Road
Natalie Chung
 2000 ER (TV Series)
Mrs. Chen
- Rescue Me (2000) ... Mrs. Chen
 1998 Mr. P's Dancing Sushi Bar
Mitsuko McFee
 1997 Soul of the Avenger
Ling Li
 1995 Rebellious
 1993 Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
Gussie Yang
 1990 Babies (TV Movie)
Dr. Liu
 1990 Miracle Landing (TV Movie)
C.B. Lansing
 1989 Night Children
 1988 Keys to Freedom
Dr. Lao
 1988 Noble House (TV Mini-Series)
Claudia Chen
- Part IV (1988) ... Claudia Chen
- Part III (1988) ... Claudia Chen
- Part II (1988) ... Claudia Chen
- Part I (1988) ... Claudia Chen
 1986 The A-Team (TV Series)
Lin Wu
- Point of No Return (1986) ... Lin Wu
 1985 Blade in Hong Kong (TV Movie)
 1985 Walking the Edge
Christine Holloway
 1984 Knots Landing (TV Series)
Beverly Mikuriya
- Hanging Fire (1984) ... Beverly Mikuriya
 1984 Partners in Crime (TV Series)
Anna Chen
- Duke (1984) ... Anna Chen
 1984 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Dr. Lois Miyoshiro
- This Gland Is Your Gland (1984) ... Dr. Lois Miyoshiro
 1983 The Last Ninja (TV Movie)
Noriko Sakura
 1982 Chicago Story (TV Series)
Hoanh Anh
- Not Quite Paradise: Part 2 (1982) ... Hoanh Anh
- Not Quite Paradise: Part 1 (1982) ... Hoanh Anh
 1979 Streets of Hong Kong
Mei Mei
 1978 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
- The Appointment/Mr. Tattoo (1978) ... Adela
 1978 Night Creature
 1976 Project: Kill
Lee Su
 1976 Hadleigh (TV Series)
Kai Yin
- Hong Kong Rock (1976) ... Kai Yin
 1975 That Lady from Peking
Sue Ten Chan
 1975 Supercock
Yuki Chan
 1975 Fortress in the Sun
 1974 Bu zai you chun tian (as Kwan Nan-See)
 1974 Kung Fu (TV Series)
Mayli Ho
 1970 The McMasters
 1969 The Girl Who Knew Too Much
Revel Drue
 1968-1969 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Rosemary Quong
- Pilot (1968) ... Rosemary Quong
 1968 The Wrecking Crew
 1968 Nobody's Perfect
Nurse Tomiko Momoyama
 1967 The Corrupt Ones
 1966 Mong fu sek (Short)
Mei Ching
 1966 Arrivederci, Baby!
 1964 Fate Is the Hunter
Sally Fraser
 1964 Honeymoon Hotel
Lynn Hope
 1963 The Wild Affair
Marjorie Lee
 1963 Tamahine
 1962 The Main Attraction
 1961 Flower Drum Song
Linda Low
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(3/14/2008) Interviewed on the RTHK (Radio Television Hong Kong) arts show "The Works", discussing her breakthrough role as Suzie Wong and her subsequent work in Hollywood. See more »

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1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 2 Articles | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Kwan Nan-See


5' 3" (1.6 m)

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[interview in 1962] It's not that I don't like reading about myself. But I get unhappy with the kind of things that are written about me. For instance, after "Suzie Wong" . . . I was being written up as a kind of sex kitten. I'm not really at all like that. See more »


Politically active as the spokeswoman for the Asian American Voters Coalition. See more »

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