Elizabeth Sung

Elizabeth Fong Sung (Chinese: 孫芳; pinyin: Sūn Fāng; 14 October 1954 – 22 May 2018) was a Chinese-American actress, director, and screenwriter. She was also a revered acting teacher and mentor to young performers and filmmakers in the Asian-Pacific community.

Elizabeth Sung
Born
Elizabeth Fong Sung

(1954-10-14)14 October 1954
Died22 May 2018(2018-05-22) (aged 63)
EducationJuilliard School
OccupationActress
Years active1988–2018
Spouse(s)Peter Tulipan

Early life and educationEdit

Sung was born and raised in British Hong Kong and studied ballet at a young age before coming to the United States.[1]

She attended the Juilliard School and earned a BFA in dance. She was a member of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company. Sung also earned an MFA in directing from the American Film Institute.[2]

CareerEdit

From 1994-96, Sung appeared on the American soap opera The Young and the Restless as Luan Volien.[3] She directed the short film Requiem, which was based on her childhood in Hong Kong and her journey to New York City as a ballet student. It won a CINE Golden Eagle Award in 1996.[3]

Her other notable television appearances included roles on Hawaii Five-O, The Sopranos, Bones, Curb Your Enthusiasm, NCIS: Los Angeles, and Charmed.[4] She starred in The Joy Luck Club, Memoirs of a Geisha, and Lethal Weapon 4.[5]

Sung appeared in the Asian-American comedies including Anita Ho,[6] Front Cover,[7] and Vivian Bang's White Rabbit that screened at the Sundance Festival in 2018.[8]

Personal life and deathEdit

Sung was married to writer and actor Peter Tulipan.[9] She was fluent in both Cantonese and Mandarin.[2][5] Her brother, Philip, died in 1985 from AIDS.[9]

Sung died on 22 May 2018, aged 63.[10] Her cause of death initially had not been released,[11] but it was later revealed Sung died from lymphoma.[12]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1988 Le Palanquin des larmes (récit) Tsong Hai Drama film directed and co-written by Jacques Dorfmann [13]
1989 Tango & Cash Interpreter Buddy cop action comedy film directed by Andrei Konchalovsky [14]
1990 China Cry Interrogator Biographical film directed by James F. Collier [15][16]
1992 Death Ring Ms. Ling
  • Credited as Elizabeth Fong Sung
  • Action film directed by R.J. Kizer
[17]
1993 The Joy Luck Club Second Wife Drama film directed and co-produced by Wayne Wang [18][19]
1994 The Puppet Masters Technician #1 Science fiction film, adapted by Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio and David S. Goyer [20][21]
1995 Requiem Mother Short film
1997 The White Fox Short; director, writer
1998 Lethal Weapon 4 Hong's Wife Buddy cop action film directed and produced by Richard Donner [22]
Restless Richard's mother Romantic film directed and co-written by Jule Gilfillan [23]
The Water Ghost Short; director, writer (as F. Elizabeth Sung)
2002 Hero Flying Snow Voice
Wuxia film directed and produced by Zhang Yimou
[24]
2005 Memoirs of A Geisha Mrs. Sakamoto Epic drama film directed by Rob Marshall [25][26]
2006 Falling for Grace Ma Romantic comedy directed by Fay Ann Lee [27]
2007 Ping Pong Playa Mrs. Wang Sports comedy film directed by Jessica Yu and written by Yu & Jimmy Tsai [28]
2008 Nuptials of the Dead Mrs. Lee Short drama film directed by Maya Lim
Finding Madison Mrs. Lee Drama film directed by Tuan Tran
2010 House Under Siege Margot Action thrlller film written and directed by Mark Hazen Kelly
The Boxer May Short drama film directed by David Au and Teddy Chen [29]
2011 L.A. Coffin School Ming Short drama film co-written and directed by Erin Li [30]
2012 The People I've Slept With Mrs. Lee Sex comedy film directed by Quentin Lee [31]
Anita Ho Mrs. Lee
2013 Go for Sisters Mother Han Crime drama written, directed, and edited by John Sayles [32]
2014 Woman In Fragments Mei-Ling Wong Short drama film by Zhou Quan [33][34][35][36]
Yes, And... Mrs. Ding
2015 Front Cover Yen Fu
Pali Road Mrs. Zhang
2016 The Unbidden Anna
Big Fish & Begonia Old Chun English version, Voice
2017 Fallen Stars Joyce
2018 White Rabbit
Duck Duck Goose Voice
For Izzy Anna
North Blvd Landlord

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1988 The Equalizer Manika Episode: "Riding the Elephant"
1989 China Beach Roxanne Episode: "Independence Day"
Murder, She Wrote Lipreader Episode: "Jack and Bill"
1990 Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes Extra Historical Made-for-TV Movie directed by Peter Werner [37]
Kojak: Flowers for Matty Lan Made-for-TV Movie directed by Paul Krasny [38]
1991 Knots Landing Linda Takashi Episode: "Call Me Dimitri"
1994–1996 The Young and the Restless Luan Volien Main cast member
1998 Charmed Mrs. Chao Episode: "Dead Man Dating"
1999 Border Line Mrs. Chen Made-for-TV Movie directed by Ken Kwapis [39]
ER Mrs. May Fong Episode: "Sticks and Stones"
2000 Touched by an Angel Yung Shim Noh Episode: "Reasonable Doubt"
Passions Danielle Dwyer
  • Episode #1.375
  • Episode #1.376
[40]
2002 NYPD Blue Mrs. Quon Episode: "A Little Dad'll Do Ya"
Gotta Kick It Up! Ms. Kim Made-for-TV Movie directed by Ramón Menéndez [41]
For the People Yen Marty Episode: "Nascent"
2005 Crossing Jordan Su-Ying Zhang Episode: "You Really Got Me"
House Marilyn Park Episode: "Love Hurts"
E-Ring Kit Yee's Mother Episode: "Pilot"
2006 Desperate Housewives Translator Episode: "Silly People"; Uncredited
2007 Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Mrs. Tao Episodes:
The Sopranos Mrs. Chong Episode: "Remember When"
2008 Ni Hao, Kai-Lan Mommy Panda Voice, Episode: "Kai-Lan's Trip to China"
2009 The Suite Life on Deck Khun Yai Episode: "Family Thais"
The Forgotten Mei Chen Episode: "Parachute Jane"
2009–2010 FlashForward Saayo Noh Episodes:
2010 Kosher Pig Lillian Li Made-for-TV Movie directed by Eric Patton [42]
NCIS: Los Angeles Ming Lee Episode: "Chinatown"
2011 Bones Mama Liu Episode: "The Body in the Bag"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Cynthia Katsu Episode: "Turn On, Tune In, Drop Dead"
Curb Your Enthusiasm O'Donnell's Housekeeper Episode: "The Divorce"
2012 Awake Mrs. Koh Episode: "Game Day"
Mike & Molly Tammy Episode: "Yard Sale"
2013 Shameless Mrs. Wong Episodes:
2014 Miss Guidance Mrs. Chen
  • Episode: "Defensive"
  • Created by and starring Sandy Velasco
[43]
2016 Elementary Bai May-Lung Episode: "Who Is That Masked Man?"

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2003 Rise to Honor Voice Made for PlayStation 2
2006 Splinter Cell: Double Agent Voice Made for PlayStation 2, Xbox, Wii, and Microsoft Windows
2008 The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Female Chinese Soldier Adaption of film of the same name for PlayStation 2, Wii, and the Nintendo DS [44][45]
2012 Spec Ops: The Line Refugees Third-person shooter game made for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3
Sleeping Dogs Broken Nose Jiang
Resident Evil 6 Enemies Action-adventure third-person shooter made for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
2014 Infamous: First Light Additional Voices
Infamous: Second Son Asian-accented Female Pedestrian #2 Action-adventure single-player game made for PlayStation 4 [46]
2018 Prey: Mooncrash Riley Yu
Red Dead Redemption 2 The Local Pedestrian Population

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