|France Nguyen Van-Nga
|5 Feet 5 inches
|Actress, Model, Psychological Counselor
|80 years old
|Julie Mazaut , Louis Nuyen
The veteran actress France Nuyen is an extraordinary woman who got success against all the odds. She fought against tragedies and bad luck to became one of the most sought after television actress in the seventies and eighties.
Read on Nuyen’s incredible life story. No doubt it will leave you awed and inspired.
Unlucky In Marriages
The Hong Kong famed actress France Nuyen’s first marriage was to a psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Gaspar in 1963. The relationship did not last long, and after three years, the pair divorced.
After a year of her divorce, she married American actor Robert Culp. The wedding took place on December 9, 1967, in Beverly Hills in the presence of close friends and family.
They developed feelings for one another after appearing together in the television show I Spy. Though her appearance was small in the show, they formed an instant connection and later made into a lifelong commitment.
Sadly, France’s second marriage did not also last-long. In fact, in one of the interviews, she stated that it lasted for 18 hours or maybe a little longer. After two failed marriages, she remained single.
Affair With Marlon Brando
In the sixties, the black-haired beauty was in an off-and-on relationship with The Godfather famed actor. Marlon Brando was famous for having relations with Asian women, so the affair did not come as a surprise to the public.
Mother of One
France Nuyen has a daughter, Fleur Morell from her first marriage. Her daughter is also active in the film industry.
Morell currently works as a make-up artist in Hollywood. She is credited in well-known projects such as Pitch Perfect 3, Terminator Genisys, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes which featured stars including Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Gary Oldman, and Emilia Clarke among others.
A Tragic Childhood
France was born in 1939 in the war-torn Marseille, France. Her Cambodian father was a cook in the merchant marine and was absent for much of her life. Her French mother was physically and emotionally ill. Thus, she was raised by distant relatives, many of whom physically abused her.
Nuyen’s stars finally started shining when she moved to New York in 1956 to help her father in his restaurant. Since she and her father did not share a deep relationship, he threw her out after two weeks.
Thankfully, lonely France was taken in by a Canadian family in New York. After that, she started working in a French pastry shop to sustain herself.
The star knew she was made for better things and pursued a modeling career. Though she did not get modeling jobs that she was looking for. Instead, she landed a life-changing offer to be an actress.
Rise To Stardom
France Nuyen’s acting journey began when she landed seven years contract with 20th Century Fox. She went on to work in movies such as the South Pacific, Battle for the planet of the Apes, and China Cry.
The star also extensively worked on television and was part of Star Trek: The Original Series and Hawaii Five-O. She, however, is most known for portraying the character of Dr. Paulette Kiem in the show St. Elsewhere. In the show, she shared the screen with actors such as Ed Flanders, David Birney, and G.W. Bailey.
After half a decade of sucessful career, she retired from Hollywood and pursued other passions.
Career as a Psychological Counselor
Coming from a traumatic childhood, France wanted to help abused children and their parents. At first, she did counseling on a volunteer basis. However, after gaining a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, she has started her own small family practice and helped the needy ones.
Overall Net Worth
As of 2019, France Nuyen holds an overall net-worth of $6 million. Most of her wealth came from her sucessful acting career. It is reported that she lives in a French country- style home in the posh Coldwater Canyon area of Beverly Hills. The house in that area range from $2 million to $22 million.
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