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Born: September 23, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Anaheim, California, USA Profession: actor, newswriter

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Perhaps the busiest actress of Asian descent on American TV in the 1980s and early 90s, Chao began performing at age seven with the Peking Opera traveling company in her native California. She was appearing in TV commercials and guest shots by her teens and studying acting during Christmas and summer breaks from school. Chao's first TV role of note was playing Yul Brynner's eldest daughter on "Anna and the King" (CBS, 1972), a short-lived sitcom based on Broadway's "The King and I". Chao returned to school, earned a degree in journalism and found part-time work as a radio newswriter in Los Angeles before re-committing herself to acting, working on stage and TV.

Perhaps the busiest actress of Asian descent on American TV in the 1980s and early 90s, Chao began performing at age seven with the Peking Opera traveling company in her native California. She was appearing in TV commercials and guest shots by her teens and studying acting during Christmas and summer breaks from school. Chao's first TV role of note was playing Yul Brynner's eldest daughter on "Anna and the King" (CBS, 1972), a short-lived sitcom based on Broadway's "The King and I". Chao returned to school, earned a degree in journalism and found part-time work as a radio newswriter in Los Angeles before re-committing herself to acting, working on stage and TV.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Nanking (2007)
2.
 Just Like Heaven (2005)
3.
 Freaky Friday (2003) Pei-Pei
4.
 Three Blind Mice (2001) Li Mei Chen
5.
 I Am Sam (2001) Lily
6.
 Enemies of Laughter (2000) Carla
7.
 What Dreams May Come (1998) Leona
8.
 End of Violence, The (1997) Claire
9.
10.
 Special Report: Journey to Mars (1996) Dr Lin Yo Yu
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At age seven, convinced her parents to let her perform with the Peking Opera traveling company in California
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As a teen, began appearing on TV in commercials and guest spots
1972:
TV debut as a series regular, as the king's eldest daughter, on the short-lived CBS series, "Anna and the King"
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Studied acting during Christmas and summer vacations
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Worked part-time as a newswriter at KNX, the CBS-owned and operated all-news radio station in Los Angeles
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Featured in a busted sitcom pilot entitled "Almost American"
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Signed a two-year contract with a comedy development team at Embassy Television
1980:
Acted in first feature films, "The Big Brawl" (with Jackie Chan) and "Spider-Man: The Dragon's Challenge"
1982:
Played recurring role of Miss Chung, a school teacher on the long-running sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes"
1983:
Appeared on the final two-hour episode of the acclaimed series, "M*A*S*H" (the single highest rated episode of a TV program in broadcasting history), as Soon-Lee, a Korean woman who meets, loves and weds Jamie Farr's Corporal Klinger
1983:
Breakthrough TV-movie role, played the female lead in "The Terry Fox Story" (HBO)
1983:
Reprised the role of Soon-Lee Klinger on the CBS spinoff series, "AfterMASH"
1986:
Played the recurring role of Li-Ying, daughter of enigmatic housekeeper Chao-Li, on the CBS primetime soap "Falcon Crest"
1986:
First leading role on TV, in the PBS drama adaptation, "Paper Angels"
1990:
Played first leading role in a feature film in "1000 Pieces of Gold"
1991:
Played the recurring role of Keiko on the syndicated sci-fi series, "Star Trek: The Next Generation"
1993:
Played a lead in Wayne Wang's "The Joy Luck Club"
1993:
Reprised the role of Keiko O'Brien on the syndicated sci-fi spinoff series, "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine"
1998:
Had a minor roles as a flight attendant in "What Dreams May Come"
2003:
Had a small role in the remake of "Freaky Friday"
2003:
Guest-starred as Dr. Kim on several episodes of "The O.C." (Fox)
2007:
Appeared in a recurring guest role on the HBO series "Tell Me You Love Me"
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Education

Pomona College: Pomona , California -
University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California -
The Loft Studio: Los Angeles , California -

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husband:
Simon Simpleman. Actor.

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son:
Roland Simpleman. Born c. 1992.

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