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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 31 July 1939Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France
Birth NameFrance Nguyen Vannga
Nickname Fan-Fan

Mini Bio (1)

France Nuyen was born on July 31, 1939 in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France as France Nguyen Vannga. She is an actress, known for Santa Barbara (1984), The Joy Luck Club (1993) and South Pacific (1958). She was previously married to Robert Culp and Dr. Thomas Gaspar Morell.

Spouse (2)

Robert Culp (9 December 1967 - 10 November 1970) (divorced)
Dr. Thomas Gaspar Morell (22 June 1963 - 3 August 1966) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (13)

Of Vietnamese-French ancestry.
Herself a victim of child abuse, Nuyen earned a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology in 1986, and since then has made the transition to a second career in family practice counseling, working mostly with abused children, abused and battered women and women in prison.
Received the 1989 "Woman of the Year" award in Los Angeles, California for her work as a consulting psychologist in treating abused children and convicted women.
Marlon Brando, who had a penchant for Asian women, had a brief affair with Nuyen in the early 1960s.
Born to a French mother and Vietnamese father (French is her first language) and raised in Marseilles by a cousin, she claims her mother and grandfather were persecuted by the Germans during World War II for being gypsies.
Married and divorced twice. Her second husband was Robert Culp, whom she met while appearing on his television series I Spy (1965). Her first was a psychiatrist, with whom she had a daughter, Fleur Morell.
Surprisingly, the 50th anniversary celebration of South Pacific (1958) did not include her. She played the role of Liat in the 1958 film.
Bitterly complained that Amy Tan cut her best scene in The Joy Luck Club (1993) and took all known actresses off advertising in order to draw all attention to herself when promoting the film.
The second major Asian actress to become a star in Hollywood -- after Anna May Wong -- she was a tremendous success opposite William Holden in the title role of a prostitute in "The World of Suzie Wong" on Broadway in 1958. She had to learn her lines phonetically. She began shooting the film version when she was suddenly replaced by producer Ray Stark with Nancy Kwan.
Arguably, she is best known in popular culture for her role in the third season episode of the original Star Trek (1966) series, Star Trek: Elaan of Troyius (1968), as the Dohlman of Elas.
Ex-stepmother of Jason Culp, Joseph Culp, Joshua Culp and Rachel Culp.
Got her role in the film South Pacific (1958) when model/agent Candy Jones took her to see director Joshua Logan, who was casting for the film. While the film was being made, Logan began talking to Nuyen about his next project, "The World of Suzie Wong", in which she would appear.
As of 2004, she is a psychological counselor in Los Angeles, California.

Personal Quotes (1)

[on her relationship with Marlon Brando]: He just wanted an excuse to be a big little boy and dress up and be someone else and see how long he could fool everybody.

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