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TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: KA SHEN'S JOURNEY is the definitive and true life story of NANCY KWAN, who as a young Eurasian girl from Hong Kong captured the hearts and minds of cinemagoers around the world in her stunning motion picture debut role in THE WORLD OF SUZIE WONG (1960), then in her unforgettable follow up role as "Linda Lo" in the all Asian, Rodgers & Hammerstein Hollywood hit musical FLOWER DRUM SONG (1961). With just two pictures in two years, the Eurasian girl from Hong Kong would become one of the most sought after young stars in Hollywood. But, the motion pictures that would follow would never again mirror, that initial success.
Nancy Kwan was catapulted from her native Hong Kong at 18 to become an international star in such famed American Films as The World of Suzie Wong and Flower Drum Song. Kwan, the daughter of a prominent architect, was born in Hong Kong and educated in England, where she also studied dancing at the Royal Ballet School. By chance, while on vacation from school in Hong Kong, she was spotted by famed American producer Ray Stark, who was searching for an Oriental beauty to star in the film version of The World of Suzie Wong. After a number of screen tests in Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and London, Kwan finally got the part, starring opposite William Holden. For this role, she was nominated for Best Actress and International Star of Tomorrow by the Hollywood Foreign Press.
Kwan's second starring role, which allowed her to display her dancing talents, was in Flower Drum Song, based on the acclaimed Rogers and Hammerstein Broadway Musical. Following completion of The Main Attraction, Kwan married. After her son, Bernie, was born, Kwan divided her time between Europe and the United States, starring in such films as Honeymoon Hotel, opposite Robert Goulet and Robert Morse; Tamahine; Fate is the Hunter, opposite Glenn Ford; Lt. Robinson Crusoe, with Dick Van Dyke; The Wrecking Crew, opposite Dean Martin; Arrivederci Baby, opposite Tony Curtis; Nobody's Perfect, with Doug McClure; and The McMasters, with David Carradine, Brock Peters, and Jack Palance.
Since returning to the United States in 1980, Kwan has appeared in such series as Fantasy Island, Trapper John, Knots Landing, Partners In Crime, and in such movies as Chicago Story, The Last Ninja, Blade in Hong Kong, James Clavell s Noble House, Miracle Landing for CBS and Babies for NBC.
As a writer, Kwan has collaborated on a number of screenplays. Murder Within, Journey to the West Gate of Heaven, Jade: Investigator. She developed the concept for T'ai Chi Ch'uan - (Touching the Clouds), her instructional videotape on this ancient Chinese exercise.
Ms. Kwan produced the feature film, The Biker Poet, and played the role of Kwan Yin in the television pilot The Zee Team. She recently guest starred in the television series ER.
Didn't realize it was a documentary, but it was interesting nonetheless. Nancy Kwan is an extremely interesting person and led a great life.Published 9 months ago by David E. Crownover