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Born: May 9, 1953 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Deadwood, South Dakota, USA Profession: actor, writer, talk show host, producer, voice actor

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Asian-American actor-writer of stage, film, and TV who gained national attention playing the quirky outspoken grandmother (several decades her senior) on the groundbreaking sitcom "All-American Girl" (ABC, 1994-95). Hill pulled off the illusion with the assistance of her doughy but expressive features, ample physique, and a flair for vocal and physical mannerisms. Her sassy asides were often the show's comic highlights. The daughter of a native Japanese mother and a Finnish-American serviceman father, Hill experienced a lonely childhood growing up in rural South Dakota. Traveling to Japan as a teen, Hill attended the Sophia International University in Tokyo and worked part-time in radio and TV. Back in the states, she attended the American Conservatory Theater and became a busy voice-over performer and improviser in the California Bay Area. Hill became a West Coast stage fixture and performed her autobiographical one-woman show "Tokyo Bound" there before bringing it to the "Festival of New Voices" at New York's Public Theater. Most of Hill's film and TV work has been in small character bits, often playing medical professionals and technicians. She appeared in several projects helmed by Wayne Wang...

Asian-American actor-writer of stage, film, and TV who gained national attention playing the quirky outspoken grandmother (several decades her senior) on the groundbreaking sitcom "All-American Girl" (ABC, 1994-95). Hill pulled off the illusion with the assistance of her doughy but expressive features, ample physique, and a flair for vocal and physical mannerisms. Her sassy asides were often the show's comic highlights.

The daughter of a native Japanese mother and a Finnish-American serviceman father, Hill experienced a lonely childhood growing up in rural South Dakota. Traveling to Japan as a teen, Hill attended the Sophia International University in Tokyo and worked part-time in radio and TV. Back in the states, she attended the American Conservatory Theater and became a busy voice-over performer and improviser in the California Bay Area. Hill became a West Coast stage fixture and performed her autobiographical one-woman show "Tokyo Bound" there before bringing it to the "Festival of New Voices" at New York's Public Theater.

Most of Hill's film and TV work has been in small character bits, often playing medical professionals and technicians. She appeared in several projects helmed by Wayne Wang ("Dim Sum: a little bit of heart" 1984; and the short "Dim Sum Take-Outs" 1988) and provided narration for two documentaries by Steven Okazarki ("Unfinished Business" 1985; "Troubled Paradise" 1992). Hill's TV guest spots include appearances on "Growing Pains," "Perfect Strangers" and "Beverly Hills, 90210."

Hill continues to work on stage and write. She has written scripts for "The Puzzle Place," a daily preschool series stressing multicultural values, that began airing on PBS in 1995. She also briefly returned to series TV in the short-lived Marie Osmond vehicle "Maybe This Time" (ABC, 1995). In 1997, Hill joined the cast of NBC's revamped sitcom "The Naked Truth" for its final season, playing a tabloid photographer, and the actress would continue to be a familiar fixture on the small screen, guesting on several series and enjoying recurring roles on "The Hughleys," "My Wife and Kids" and "That's So Raven." On the big-screen her comedic talents earned her scene-stealing supporting turns in films such as "Next Friday" (2000), "Max Keeble's Big Movie" (2001) and "Big Fat Liar" (2002), while she voiced Mrs. Hagasawa in Disney's animated hit "Lilo & Stitch" and nabbed other voice acting parts on TV's "King of the Hill" and "Jackie Chan Adventures." She had a major screen role as Mrs. Kwan, the nanny and rival to Mike Myers' Cat in Mrs. Kwan in the hyperactive "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat."

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 White Frog (2012)
3.
 Legally Blondes (2009)
4.
 Couples Retreat (2009)
5.
6.
 Duck (2007)
7.
8.
 Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005) Cast
9.
 50 First Dates (2004) Sue
10.
 Man of the Year (2003) Maid
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Grew up in the isolated South Dakota countryside
1972:
Traveled to Japan at age 18 (date approximate)
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Studied for six years at Sophia International University in Tokyo
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Began working part-time in Japanese radio and TV
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By age 21, had traveled through Asia, the Middle East and Europe on her own
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Returned to the USA; attended the American Conservatory Theater
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Became a busy voice-over performer and improvisation artist in the California Bay Area
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Worked for eight years on the California stage, amassing over 30 credits in productions at San Francisco's Asian-American Theater Company, the Eureka Theater, the Berkeley Repertory Theater, the Mark Taper Forum, the East-West Players, and the Los Angeles Theater Center
1985:
Feature acting debut, "Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart", directed by Wayne Wang
1985:
Narrated "Unfinished Business", a documentary directed by Steven Okazaki
1987:
TV acting debut, a guest shot on "The Tracey Ullman Show"
1988:
First appearance in a major Hollywood movie, "Scrooged"
1988:
Appeared in "Dim Sum Take-Outs", a comedy short directed by Wang
1990:
Acted in a recurring role on the ABC sitcom, "Perfect Strangers"
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Wrote and starred in a one-woman show entitled "Tokyo Bound"
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Performed "Tokyo Bound" in Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles
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Performed "Tokyo Bound" in the "Festival of New Voices" at the Public Theater in NYC
1992:
Narrated "Troubled Paradise", a PBS documentary directed by Okazaki about social and political problems facing Hawaii's indigenous population
1993:
Appeared (uncredited) in Wang's "The Joy Luck Club"
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Produced and hosted a public access cable show that celebrated Asian-Pacific Americans in arts and entertainment
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Hosted an Asian-American teen talkshow, "Get Real"
1994:
TV series debut as a regular, playing Grandma on the ABC sitcom "All-American Girl"
1994:
Became a writer for "The Puzzle Place", a daily, mulitcultural preschool series (aired on PBS from 1/95)
1995:
Cast as regular on the short-lived ABC sitcom "Maybe This Time"
1997:
Joined cast of the NBC sitcom "The Naked Truth"
2000:
Was featured in the East West Players production of "Follies"; played showgirl Hattie Walker who sings "Broadway Baby"
2003:
Appeared as Mrs Kwan in the film adaption of "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat"
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Education

Sophia International University: -
American Conservatory Theatre: San Francisco , California -

Notes

Hill is fluent in Japanese and also speaks French, Spanish, and Persian.

Hill is a member of the Mark Taper Forum's Mentor Playwright's Program.

Hill is a member of Antaeus, a classical repertory company.

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