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

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Born in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Illinois in 1951, Lauren Tom's grandparents had emigrated to the U.S. from China, and she was frequently teased about her heritage as a child. She sought refuge in her dance classes, which paid off when at age 17, she auditioned for the touring production of "A Chorus Line" and won the part. She would join the play's Broadway cast just a few years later in the role of Connie, and spent the early '80s largely on the Broadway stage in the shows "Doonesbury" and "Hurlyburly." Meanwhile, Tom began auditioning for screen roles as well, landing a two episode appearance on "The Facts of Life" (CBS, 1979-1988) in 1982. She would make numerous guest appearances on TV series, and even played the small role of a stock broker in Oliver Stone's "Wall Street" (1987). After a turn as Helen the Dim Sum Girl in the Robin Williams comedy "The Cadillac Man" (1990), Tom was cast in the inspiring drama "The Joy Luck Club" (1993), making her a much more recognizable face overnight. She would memorably play Julie, girlfriend to Ross and foil to Rachel on the second season of "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004) the following year. In the coming years, Tom would play recurring roles on...

Born in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Illinois in 1951, Lauren Tom's grandparents had emigrated to the U.S. from China, and she was frequently teased about her heritage as a child. She sought refuge in her dance classes, which paid off when at age 17, she auditioned for the touring production of "A Chorus Line" and won the part. She would join the play's Broadway cast just a few years later in the role of Connie, and spent the early '80s largely on the Broadway stage in the shows "Doonesbury" and "Hurlyburly." Meanwhile, Tom began auditioning for screen roles as well, landing a two episode appearance on "The Facts of Life" (CBS, 1979-1988) in 1982. She would make numerous guest appearances on TV series, and even played the small role of a stock broker in Oliver Stone's "Wall Street" (1987). After a turn as Helen the Dim Sum Girl in the Robin Williams comedy "The Cadillac Man" (1990), Tom was cast in the inspiring drama "The Joy Luck Club" (1993), making her a much more recognizable face overnight. She would memorably play Julie, girlfriend to Ross and foil to Rachel on the second season of "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004) the following year. In the coming years, Tom would play recurring roles on numerous TV shows including "Grace Under Fire" (ABC, 1993-1998), "Men in Trees" (ABC, 2006-2008) and "Supernatural" (WB, 2005-), in addition to providing the voice of Amy Wong on "Futurama" (Fox, 1999-2013) and Minh Souphanousinphone on "King of the Hill" (Fox, 1997-2010). In 2017, Mack joined the cast of the family series "Andi Mack" (Disney Channel, 2017-) on the Disney Channel.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Grandma (2015)
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 Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
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 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:
Played the recurring character of Dot on the fifth season of "Grace Under Fire."
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Joined the Broadway cast of "A Chorus Line" as Connie, after previously appearing in the touring production of the show.
1982:
Feature acting debut, "Nothing Lasts Forever"
1995:
Played Ross's girlfriend Julie on the second season of "Friends."
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Played Miko on two episodes of the sitcom "The Facts of Life."
1999:
Acted in the independent feature "Catfish in Black Bean Sauce"
1984:
TV-movie debut, "Mom's on Strike"
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Played Donna in the Broadway production of "Hurlyburly."
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Played a small role as a stock broker in "Wall Street."
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Played Helen the Dim Sum Girl in the Robin Williams comedy "The Cadillac Man."
1993:
Landed her breakthrough role in "The Joy Luck Club."
2000:
Co-starred on the sitcom "DAG."
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Appeared on Broadway in "Doonesbury."
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Co-starred in the drama "When a Man Loves a Woman."
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Began providing the voices of Minh and Connie Souphanousinphone on "King of the Hill."
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Began providing the voice of Amy Wong on the animated series "Futurama."
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Appeared in the comedy "Bad Santa."
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Played the recurring role of Mai Washington on "Men in Trees."
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Played the recurring character of Linda Tran on the series "Supernatural."
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Began playing Celia on the series "Andi Mack."
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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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