|<font-size=110%>Rencana ini sedang diusahakan oleh: France Nuyen|
|Kelahiran||France Nguyen Van-Nga|
|Pekerjaan||actress, psychological counselor|
|Pasangan||Robert Culp (1967-1970)
Thomas Gaspar Morell (1963-1966) 1 child
Biography[sunting | sunting sumber]
Nguyen was born in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France as France Nguyen Van-Nga. Her mother was French and her father was Vietnamese. French is Nguyen's first language and she speaks no Asian languages. During the Second World War, her mother and grandfather were persecuted by the Nazis for being Gypsies. She was raised in Marseille by a cousin, whom she describes as "an orchidaceae raiser who was the only person who gave a damn about me".
Working as a seamstress in 1955, Nguyen was discovered by Life magazine photographer Philippe Halsman on the beach. She became a stage actress and portrayed Suzie Wong in the theatrical production of The World of Suzie Wong in 1958, opposite William Shatner (with whom she later worked again in an episode of Star Trek, as the memorable Elaan of Troyius). She was originally cast as Suzie Wong in the film production but was replaced by Nancy Kwan.
Nguyen then went on to appear in television and in films including South Pacific (1958), Satan Never Sleeps (1962), A Girl Named Tamiko (opposite Laurence Harvey) (1962), Diamond Head (1963), Dimension 5 (1966), Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973), and The Joy Luck Club (1993). She continues to work in film and recently appeared in the film The American Standards (2007). In 1978, Nuyen co-starred with Peter Falk and Louis Jourdan in the Columbo episode Murder Under Glass. In 1986, she joined the cast of St. Elsewhere as Dr. Paulette Kiem, remaining until the series ended in 1988.
From 1963 to 1966, Nguyen was married to Dr. Thomas Gaspar Morell, a psychiatrist, with whom she has a daughter named Fleur (who is married and resides in Canada and works as a makeup artist for films). She met her second husband, Robert Culp, while appearing on his TV show I Spy; they married in 1967 but divorced in 1970. (Nguyen and Culp were set to appear as co-hosts of the second episode of the notorious TV series Turn-On in 1969, but the show was canceled after just one airing.)
In 1986, Nguyen earned a master's degree in Clinical psychology and began a second career as a psychological counselor for abused women and children, and women in prison. She received a "Woman of the Year" award in 1989 for her psychological work.
Filmography[sunting | sunting sumber]
- China Cry
- South Pacific (1958)
- Satan Never Sleeps (1962)
- A Girl Named Tamiko (1962)
- Diamond Head (1963)
- Dimension 5 (1966)
- Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)
- Columbo: Murder Under Glass (1978)
- The Joy Luck Club (1993)
- St. Elsewhere (1986-88)