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July 1, 1990 | Pat H. Broeske \f7
Nancy Kwan was just 18, 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 Susie Wong" (1960). She followed it the next year with the hit musical "Flower Drum Song" and became one of Hollywood's most visible Asian actresses. "Both roles were very bold," Wong recalls today.
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May 16, 2011 | Susan King
If the 1960 drama "The World of Suzie Wong" -- about the relationship between an American painter and a Hong Kong prostitute -- had been made five years earlier, Hong Kong native Nancy Kwan would never have been cast in the lead role. Hollywood's Motion Picture Production Code didn't allow portrayals of interracial romance, stating that "miscegenation is forbidden. " Miscegenation laws were on the books in some states until the late 1960s. That hadn't been the case before the code was written in 1930.
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January 25, 2002
Nancy Kwan recalls that the 1961 film version of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical "Flower Drum Song" was such a big hit with audiences, "I used to go to Chinese restaurants and get Chinese for free all the time! It was very well-received. We were very proud because it was an all-Asian cast and it made money." Kwan, a vivacious 62, played Linda Low, a beautiful and ambitious performer in a Chinatown nightclub in San Francisco.
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October 15, 2004 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
Nancy Kwan sat behind a desk on the stage of the David Henry Hwang Theatre, gazing at James Shigeta to her right. He kept his eyes on the script as he read from A.R. Gurney's "Love Letters." But Kwan didn't look away from Shigeta as they prepared for two readings of the play Saturday, benefiting East West Players. There was a logical explanation for why she looked at him but he didn't look at her. He was reading words of love from his character to Kwan's -- after Kwan's character has died.
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January 25, 2002 | CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT, TIMES ART CRITIC
It's hard to pinpoint the cause of the immediate allure of Morgan Fisher's monochrome paintings at China Art Objects Gallery, except perhaps to say that they seem instantly like puzzles solved. Lots of monochrome paintings start out seeming like inscrutable puzzles, but these work backward to that point. If technology indeed demands the most elegant solution to a specific problem, then Fisher is a technological whiz. The show includes two types of paintings.
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May 16, 2011 | Susan King
If the 1960 drama "The World of Suzie Wong" -- about the relationship between an American painter and a Hong Kong prostitute -- had been made five years earlier, Hong Kong native Nancy Kwan would never have been cast in the lead role. Hollywood's Motion Picture Production Code didn't allow portrayals of interracial romance, stating that "miscegenation is forbidden. " Miscegenation laws were on the books in some states until the late 1960s. That hadn't been the case before the code was written in 1930.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 2004 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
Nancy Kwan sat behind a desk on the stage of the David Henry Hwang Theatre, gazing at James Shigeta to her right. He kept his eyes on the script as he read from A.R. Gurney's "Love Letters." But Kwan didn't look away from Shigeta as they prepared for two readings of the play Saturday, benefiting East West Players. There was a logical explanation for why she looked at him but he didn't look at her. He was reading words of love from his character to Kwan's -- after Kwan's character has died.
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July 1, 1990
. . . Co-producer Don Simpson--who has, at most, two lines in "Days of Thunder"--gives himself fourth billing, ahead of much busier players. . . . The "winner" of the summer movie body count tally would seem to be Fox's upcoming "Die Hard 2." Along with the usual bloody mayhem, it has a passenger-filled jet liner going down in flames. . . .
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April 30, 1993 | BILL HIGGINS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The word that came up repeatedly at the premiere of Universal's "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story" Wednesday at Mann's Chinese was bittersweet . Tempering the celebration was the March 31 death of Lee's son Brandon on a North Carolina film set. The evening was most poignant for Brandon's mother and Lee's widow, Linda Lee Cadwell. The film is based on her book, "Bruce Lee: The Man Only I Knew."
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January 2, 1994 | ROBERT J. LOPEZ
East West Players, the nation's foremost Asian Pacific American theater, explores the symbiotic relationship between two antagonistic siblings who come to terms with their differences in "Arthur and Leila," a complex psychological play. The Los Angeles premiere of Cherylene Lee's new play, a bittersweet comedy set amid the backdrop of family strife, is the East West Players' second production during a 28th season that has been dedicated to plays written by or about women.
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January 25, 2002 | CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT, TIMES ART CRITIC
It's hard to pinpoint the cause of the immediate allure of Morgan Fisher's monochrome paintings at China Art Objects Gallery, except perhaps to say that they seem instantly like puzzles solved. Lots of monochrome paintings start out seeming like inscrutable puzzles, but these work backward to that point. If technology indeed demands the most elegant solution to a specific problem, then Fisher is a technological whiz. The show includes two types of paintings.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 25, 2002
Nancy Kwan recalls that the 1961 film version of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical "Flower Drum Song" was such a big hit with audiences, "I used to go to Chinese restaurants and get Chinese for free all the time! It was very well-received. We were very proud because it was an all-Asian cast and it made money." Kwan, a vivacious 62, played Linda Low, a beautiful and ambitious performer in a Chinatown nightclub in San Francisco.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 1990 | Pat H. Broeske \f7
Nancy Kwan was just 18, 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 Susie Wong" (1960). She followed it the next year with the hit musical "Flower Drum Song" and became one of Hollywood's most visible Asian actresses. "Both roles were very bold," Wong recalls today.
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June 27, 2010 | By Scarlet Cheng, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Growing up in San Francisco's Chinatown, Arthur Dong loved going to the movies and began collecting movie fliers when only 7. The first one, like first love, is imprinted in memory — "Flower Drum Song" (1961), based on a hit Rodgers and Hammerstein musical about the Chinese American generation gap. "It was really something because it was the first English-language film shown at the Great Star Theatre," he recalls, "and also because it was a Hollywood film with all Asian actors."
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April 13, 2002 | RICHARD CROMELIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
B.J. Baker, a backup singer on dozens of recordings from the 1950s and '60s, including hits by Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Sam Cooke and Bobby Darin, died April 2 in Rancho Mirage of complications from a stroke. She was 74. In addition to her work at the microphone, Baker was a highly regarded vocal contractor--a person who selects and directs background singers for recording sessions.
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