Nancy Kwan life and biography

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Nancy Kwan biography

Date of birth : 1939-05-09
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Hong Kong, Japan
Nationality : Japanese
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-05-30
Credited as : Ballet dancer, and actress, sex symbol of 1960s

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Nancy Kwan, born Kwan Ka Shen was a ballet dancer in London before she made her acting debut in the hit movie The World of Suzie Wong (1960, with William Holden).

Her second movie, Flower Drum Song (1961), was also a critical and popular success, and Kwan became internationally famous as Hollywood's first Eurasian female star. Kwan grew up in Hong Kong, the daughter of a British model and a Chinese architect. She studied dance in England as a teenager and spent four years with the Royal Ballet in London. After her first two movies, her career tapered off a bit, but Kwan continued to work steadily in features, often in light comedies such as Lt. Robin Crusoe, USN (1966, with Dick Van Dyke), Arrivederci, Baby (1968, starring Tony Curtis) and The Wrecking Crew (1970, starring Dean Martin).

She also ran her own production company in Hong Kong in the 1970s. Kwan has since acted on stage, made many guest appearances on TV, and appeared in cosmetics infomercials.

Kwan married Austrian ski instructor Peter Pock and gave birth to a son, Bernhard Pock (Bernie), who died at age 33 in 1996 of AIDS. Kwan returned to her native Hong Kong in 1972 to be with her critically ill father. After his death, she married director-producer Norbert Meisel and returned to the United States.

Since returning to the USA in 1979, she has made guest appearances and co-starred on numerous television productions, such as Kung Fu, The A-Team and ER. She has appeared on television commercials even into the 1990s. She became a household name after appearing in numerous, frequently airing advertisements as the spokesperson for the cosmetic Pearl Cream.

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