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Nuyen, France 1939–

NUYEN, France 1939–

(Frances Nuyen)


Full name, France Nguyen Vannga; born July 31, 1939, in Marseilles, France; daughter of Louis and Julie Vannga; married Dr. Thomas Gaspar Morell (a psychiatrist), 1963 (divorced, 1966); married Robert Culp (an actor), 1967 (divorced, 1970); children: (first marriage) Fleur. Education: Earned master's degree in clinical psychology, 1986. Avocational Interests: Holistic healing and psychology.

Career: Actress. Also worked as a family practice psychological counselor, beginning in the late 1980s; also worked as an artist's model.

Awards, Honors: Golden Laurel Award nomination, top female—new personality, 1959; Golden Globe Award nomination, most promising newcomer—female, 1959; Woman of the Year Award, 1989.


Stage Appearances:

(Broadway debut) Title role, The World of Suzie Wong, Broadhurst Theatre, 1958–59, then 54th Street Theatre, 1959–60.

Film Appearances:

Liat, South Pacific, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1958.

Kalai Ducanne, In Love and War, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1958.

Cindy Hamilton, The Last Time I Saw Archie, United Artists, 1961.

Siu Lan Satan Never Sleeps (also known as Flight from Terror and The Devil Never Sleeps), Twentieth Century–Fox, 1962.

Mai Chen, Diamond Head, Columbia, 1963.

Title role, A Girl Named Tamiko, Paramount, 1963.

Nurse Kate Davray, The Man in the Middle (also known as The Winston Affair), Twentieth Century–Fox, 1963.

Kitty, Dimension 5 (also known as Dimension 4), Feature Film Corp. of America, 1965.

Ah Toy, One More Train to Rob, MCA/Universal, 1970.

Slingshot, 1971.

Atanga, The Big Game, 1972.

Alma, Battle for the Planet of the Apes (also known as Colonization of the Planet of the Apes), Twentieth Century–Fox, 1973.

Console Giapponese, Il biancho, il giallo, il nero (also known as Le blanc, le jaune et le noir, El blanco, el amarillo y el negro, Samurai, Shoot First ... Ask Questions Later, and White, the Yellow, and the Black), 1975.

Mrs. Sung, China Cry: A True Story, Penland Productions, 1990.

Write to Kill, RCA, 1990.

Ying–Ying St. Clair, The Joy Luck Club, Buena Vista, 1993.

Lou Mazzaud, A Passion to Kill (also known as Rules of Obsession), A–Pix Entertainment, 1994.

Rosie, Angry Cafe, 1995.

(As Frances Nuyen) Dr. Chin, A Smile Like Yours, Paramount, 1997.

Xiou–Xiou Ling, The Battle of Shaker Heights, Miramax, 2003.

Television Appearances; Series:

Dr. Paulette Kiem, St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1986–88.

Dr. Chen, Santa Barbara, 1989.

Dr. Carrol, Knots Landing, CBS, 1990.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Li Tang, OP Center (also known as Tom Clancy's "OP Center"), ABC, 1995.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Thais, Black Water Gold, ABC, 1970.

Annalik, Horror at 37,000 Feet, CBS, 1973.

Kito, Return to Fantasy Island (also known as Fantasy Island II), ABC, 1978.

Tapula, Death Moon, CBS, 1978.

Beverly, Jealousy, ABC, 1984.

Mitsi Kawamato, Midas Valley, ABC, 1985.

Voice of Lo Chen, The Magic Pearl (animated), ABC, 1997.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Tso–Tsing, Code Name: Diamond Head, NBC, 1977.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Miss Choy, Columbo: Murder under Glass, NBC, 1978.

Herself, The Ultimate Film (documentary), 2004.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Ed Sullivan Show, 1958.

Happy Cheung, "Clear for Action," Hong Kong, ABC, 1960.

Pele LeClerc, "One Little Pearl," Adventures in Paradise, ABC, 1960.

Zeeni, "The Prisoners of Mr. Sin," Burke's Law (also known as Amos Burke: Secret Agent), ABC, 1965.

Cricket Okasada, "The Cherry Blossom Affair," The Man from U.N.C.L.E., NBC, 1965.

Sam McClean, "The Tiger," I Spy, NBC, 1966.

Sada, "Always Say Goodbye," I Spy, NBC, 1966.

Sarah, "Honor before Justice," Gunsmoke, CBS, 1966.

Ching Lee, "Gunfighter, R.I.P.," Gunsmoke, CBS, 1966.

Sam McClean, "Magic Mirror," I Spy, NBC, 1967.

Mai Lin, "An American Empress," I Spy, NBC, 1967.

Guest performer, Laugh–In (also known as Rowan & Martin's "Laugh–In"), NBC, 1968.

(As Frances Nuyen) Elaan, "Elaan of Troyius," Star Trek, NBC, 1968.

Lily Wu, "The Battle of Lily Wu," Medical Center, CBS, 1969.

Sirone Mondrago, "Highest Castle, Deepest Grave," Hawaii Five–O, CBS, 1971.

"The Illusion of the Lost Dragon," The Magician, NBC, 1974.

Mamu, "The Coward," The Six Million Dollar Man, ABC, 1974.

Lady Ching, "A Small Beheading," Kung Fu, ABC, 1974.

Frances Chai, social worker, "Small Witness, Large Crime," Hawaii Five–O, CBS, 1975.

Li Kuan, "Child of Conflict," Medical Center, CBS, 1976.

Marge Shazaki, "Thanksgiving," Police Story, NBC, 1976.

Millie, "The Death of a Dream," Police Woman, NBC,1 976.

Iso Taguchi, "Ready ... Aim ... ," Hawaii Five–O, CBS, 1977.

Leilani Sako, "Angels in Paradise: Parts 1 & 2," Charlie's Angels, ABC, 1977.

Anna, "Return/The Toughest Man Alive," Fantasy Island, ABC, 1978.

Kik, "Jungle Man/Mary Ann and Miss Sophisticate," Fantasy Island, ABC, 1980.

Miss Trang, "The Pagoda Curse," Trapper John, M.D., CBS, 1981.

Mary Ann Chung, "It Only Hurts When I Love," Trapper John, M.D., CBS, 1983.

Liang Lu, "Ships in the Night," Automan, ABC, 1984.

Miss Chou, "Torah, Torah, Torah," Magnum, P.I., CBS, 1985.

"Year of the Fox," Crazy Like a Fox, CBS, 1985.

Mariko Masahita, "The Death of Sheila," Raven, CBS, 1992.

Emma Soon Dunbar, "A Death in Hong Kong," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1993.

Madame, "Ripper," The Outer Limits, Showtime and syndicated, 1999.

Also appeared in The Perry Como Show; Jack Paar Show; Merv Griffin Show; Wild, Wild West; Chopper One; Columbo.

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