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Born: May 19, 1939 Hong Kong.
Height: 5' 3" (1.60 m).
Nancy Kwan is an American actress, who played a pivotal role in the acceptance of actors of Asian descent in major Hollywood film roles. Widely praised for her beauty, Kwan was considered a major sex symbol in the 1960s.
Nancy Kwan was born in Hong Kong to a Chinese father, architect Kwan Wing Hong, and Scottish mother, model Marquita Scott. Her parents divorced when she was two years old.
During the Japanese invasion in December 1941, Kwan's father, who worked for British intelligence, fled the city on foot along with Nancy and her brother, Ka Keung, and hid out in western China. The family returned to Hong Kong at the end of World War II. Kwan later studied at the Royal Ballet School in England, performing in Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty at Covent Garden. She completed her studies with a certificate to teach ballet.
She followed it up the next year with the hit musical Flower Drum Song (1961) and became one of Hollywood's most visible Eurasian actresses. She spent the 1960s starring in several films, and commuting between the United States and Europe.
Today she is politically active as the spokeswoman for the Asian American Voters Coalition.