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Born: August 4, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Highland Park, Illinois, USA Profession: actor

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Alluring stage-trained actress of Asian heritage, active in stage, TV and film. Tom studied acting and music in her native Illinois, and her first professional credit was as an addition to the national tour of "A Chorus Line," which led her to Broadway. She appeared in the Broadway production of "Hurlyburly" and, as the intrepid Honey (sidekick to Duke), in the Broadway musical adaptation of the comic strip "Doonesbury" (1983-84). Tom earned an OBIE Award for her performance in "American Notes" while with the New York Shakespeare Festival; she also appeared in such shows as "Volpone," "Tiger on the Right" and "Family Devotions."Tom's TV work has included a recurring role during the early years of "The Facts of Life" as well as guest spots on "The Cosby Show" (1985), "thirtysomething" (1990), "Quantum Leap" (1991), "Anything But Love" (1991), and "Chicago Hope" (1995). In 1995 she played David Schwimmer's girlfriend on six episodes of the hit NBC sitcom "Friends." She also has made a handful of TV-movies, none of which are particularly memorable: "Mom's On Strike" (ABC, 1984), "The Exchange Student" (CBS, 1985), "Angel of Death" (CBS, 1991), "In the Line of Duty: Kidnapped" (NBC, 1995), and "Escape to...

Alluring stage-trained actress of Asian heritage, active in stage, TV and film. Tom studied acting and music in her native Illinois, and her first professional credit was as an addition to the national tour of "A Chorus Line," which led her to Broadway. She appeared in the Broadway production of "Hurlyburly" and, as the intrepid Honey (sidekick to Duke), in the Broadway musical adaptation of the comic strip "Doonesbury" (1983-84). Tom earned an OBIE Award for her performance in "American Notes" while with the New York Shakespeare Festival; she also appeared in such shows as "Volpone," "Tiger on the Right" and "Family Devotions."

Tom's TV work has included a recurring role during the early years of "The Facts of Life" as well as guest spots on "The Cosby Show" (1985), "thirtysomething" (1990), "Quantum Leap" (1991), "Anything But Love" (1991), and "Chicago Hope" (1995). In 1995 she played David Schwimmer's girlfriend on six episodes of the hit NBC sitcom "Friends." She also has made a handful of TV-movies, none of which are particularly memorable: "Mom's On Strike" (ABC, 1984), "The Exchange Student" (CBS, 1985), "Angel of Death" (CBS, 1991), "In the Line of Duty: Kidnapped" (NBC, 1995), and "Escape to Witch Mountain" (ABC, 1995).

Tom's film career began in 1982 with a lead in the comedy "Nothing Lasts Forever," but when she returned to the medium later in the decade it was in small roles ( "Wall Street," 1987; "Blue Steel," 1990; "Cadillac Man," 1990; "Man Trouble," 1992). Tom's largest role to date was as one of the American-born daughters of Chinese immigrants in "The Joy Luck Club" (1993). As Lena, who cares for her mentally unstable mother, Tom gave a quiet, intelligent performance which boded well for her future onscreen. Her roles grew somewhat larger--though still only supporting ones--in the Richard Gere starrer "Mr. Jones" (1993) and the Meg Ryan/Andy Garcia drama "When a Man Loves a Woman" (1994). She was one of the many performers turning in cameos in Rob Reiner's "North" (1994).

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CAST: (feature film)

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2.
 Grandma (2015)
3.
 Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
4.
 Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare (2010) Jessica
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 In Good Company (2004) Obstetrician
8.
 Disney's Teacher's Pet (2004) Voice Of Younghee
9.
 Bad Santa (2003) Lois
10.
 Jack the Dog (2001) Angel
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1997:
Joined cast of the ABC sitcom "Grace Under Fire" in its last season
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Performed in the national tour and Broadway productions of "A Chorus Line"
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Appeared as Honey in the Broadway musical, "Doonesbury"
1982:
Feature acting debut, "Nothing Lasts Forever"
1993:
First feature in a lead role, "The Joy Luck Club"
1995:
Played recurring role of Julie, Ross' girlfriend on the NBC sitcom "Friends"
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TV series debut in a recurring role, "The Facts of Life"
1999:
Acted in the independent feature "Catfish in Black Bean Sauce"
2000:
Co-starred in the fall NBC sitcom "DAG"
1984:
TV-movie debut, "Mom's on Strike"
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Education

New York University: New York, New York -
Northwestern University: Evanston, Illinois - 1977

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husband:
Glenn Lau-Kee. Married on October 23, 1982.
husband:
Curt Kaplan.

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father:
Chan Tom.
mother:
Nancy Tom.

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