Nancy Kwan


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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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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Wonder Women Dr. Tsu
(1973)
(1960)
(1993)
The Wrecking Crew Wen Yu-Rang
(1968)

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 2016 Window Horses
Gloria (voice)
 2016 Paint It Black
Margaret
 2006 Ray of Sunshine
Lilly
 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
 1996 For Life or Death
Ling Li
 1995 Rebellious
Joni
 1993 Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
Gussie Yang
 1990 Babies (TV Movie)
Dr. Liu
 1990 Cold Dog Soup
Madame Chang
 1990 Miracle Landing (TV Movie)
C.B. Lansing
 1989 Night Children
Diane
 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)
Lily
 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)
Adela
- The Appointment/Mr. Tattoo (1978) ... Adela
 1978 Night Creature
Leslie
 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
Maria
 1974 Bu zai you chun tian (as Kwan Nan-See)
 1974 Kung Fu (TV Series)
Mayli Ho
- The Cenotaph: Part II (1974) ... Mayli Ho
- The Cenotaph: Part I (1974) ... Mayli Ho
 1973 Wonder Women
Dr. Tsu
 1970 The McMasters
Robin
 1969 The Girl Who Knew Too Much
Revel Drue
 1968 The Wrecking Crew
Wen Yu-Rang
 1968 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Rosemary Quong
- Cocoon (1968) ... Rosemary Quong
- Cocoon (1968) ... Rosemary Quong
- Cocoon (1968) ... Rosemary Quong
 1968 Nobody's Perfect
Nurse Tomiko Momoyama
 1967 The Corrupt Ones
Tina
 1966 Mong fu sek (Short)
Mei Ching
 1966 Arrivederci, Baby!
Baby
 1966 Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N.
Wednesday
 1965 The Wild Affair
Marjorie Lee
 1964 Fate Is the Hunter
Sally Fraser
 1964 Honeymoon Hotel
Lynn Jenley (Lynn Hope in Credits)
 1963 Tamahine
Tamahine
 1962 The Main Attraction
Tessa
 1961 Flower Drum Song
Linda Low
 1960 The World of Suzie Wong
Suzie Wong
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(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 »

Publicity Listings:

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

Official Sites:

Official Site

Alternate Names:

Kashen | Kwan Nan-See

Height:

5' 3" (1.6 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[interview in 1990] I don't have that [need] to prove myself. I have a passion to do good roles but luckily I don't have to do it for economic reasons. I'm not a big spender and I don't need a lot of frills. See more »

Trivia:

Her father, Kwan Wing Hong, was an architect of Chinese origin, and her mother, Marquita Scott, was a model of Scottish descent. Her parents divorced when she was two years old. Her father worked for British intelligence during World War II. See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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