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Also Known As: Lu Yan Died:
Born: December 5, 1931 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Beijing, CN Profession: actor, producer, narrator, singer

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Attractive Chinese actress who landed several leading roles in American films in the early 1960s. Lu played opposite James Stewart in the war adventure "The Mountain Road" (1960) and also acted major roles in "Rider on a Dead Horse" and "Woman Hunt" (both 1962). When actor Kam Tong left his role as the "Hey Boy" on TV's popular "Have Gun Will Travel" for a season, Lu filled in as the "Hey Girl", who each week brought hired gun Paladin (Richard Boone) his next job. Although Lu played fairly routine exotic roles in "Terror in the Wax Museum" (1973) and the short-lived TV series "Anna and the King" (1972, based on "The King and I"), she spent much of the 70s acting in Hong Kong and Taiwan, winning awards for films including "The Arch" (1970) and "The Empress Dowager" (1973). The latter proved apt preparation for a similar role Lu played almost 15 years later in Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Last Emperor" (1987). Wayne Wang's "The Joy Luck Club" (1993) also gave her a good role as a mother who tells her daughter stories over mah-jongg.

Attractive Chinese actress who landed several leading roles in American films in the early 1960s. Lu played opposite James Stewart in the war adventure "The Mountain Road" (1960) and also acted major roles in "Rider on a Dead Horse" and "Woman Hunt" (both 1962). When actor Kam Tong left his role as the "Hey Boy" on TV's popular "Have Gun Will Travel" for a season, Lu filled in as the "Hey Girl", who each week brought hired gun Paladin (Richard Boone) his next job.

Although Lu played fairly routine exotic roles in "Terror in the Wax Museum" (1973) and the short-lived TV series "Anna and the King" (1972, based on "The King and I"), she spent much of the 70s acting in Hong Kong and Taiwan, winning awards for films including "The Arch" (1970) and "The Empress Dowager" (1973). The latter proved apt preparation for a similar role Lu played almost 15 years later in Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Last Emperor" (1987). Wayne Wang's "The Joy Luck Club" (1993) also gave her a good role as a mother who tells her daughter stories over mah-jongg.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Somewhere (2010)
2.
 Apart Together (2010)
3.
 2012 (2009)
5.
 Dim Sum Funeral (2008)
7.
 Beauty Remains (2005)
8.
 Blindness (1998) Mrs Hong
9.
 I Love Trouble (1994) Virginia Hervey
10.
 Temptation of a Monk (1993) Shi'S Mother
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1960:
Made feature film debut in a leading role opposite James Stewart in "The Mountain Road"
1960:
Played the 'Hey Girl' for one season on the popular Western TV drama, "Have Gun, Will Travel"
1972:
Played Lady Thiang, the king's head wife, on the short-lived CBS comedy-drama series, "Anna and the King", starring Yul Brynner and based on the popular Broadway musical, "The King and I"
1988:
Played Ah Tam on the TV miniseries, "James Clavell's 'Noble House'"
1992:
Translated Neil Simon's comedy, "Plaza Suite", into Chinese; as an Arts America Cultural Specialist, arranged for performances at the Shanghai People's Art Theater and played leading roles in three of the play's separate stories
1993:
Played An-Mei in the adaptation of Amy Tan's Novel "The Joy Luck Club", about the relationship between four women and their daughters
1994:
Acted in "I Love Trouble", which also featured Julia Roberts
2003:
Featured in "Blindness", a thriller in which the deception in a bi-cultural clan are unraveled
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Education

St John's University: -
Chiao Tung (Jiao Tong) University: -
University of Hawaii: Honolulu , Hawaii -
Pasadena Playhouse: Pasadena , California -

Notes

Lu was honored by L.A. Mayor Tom Bradley for her achievements in the arts during Asian Pacific American Heritage Week.

She is a advisory professor at Jiao Tong University at Shanghai.

Lu has established a scholarship fund.

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husband:
Shelling Hwong. Died in November 1996 at the age of 75.

Family close complete family listing

mother:
Li Kuei-fen. Actor, singer. Noted performer in Chinese opera.
godfather:
Mei Lan-fang. Actor.

Bibliography close complete biography

"The Romance of the Jade Bracelet and Other Chinese Plays"

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