Elizabeth Sung Dead at 63

Veteran film and TV actress Elizabeth Sung, who appeared in The Young and the Restless in the 1990s, died on May 22. She was 63.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Sung studied ballet at a young age before coming to America to study dance at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York. After graduation, Sung danced for an American company before transitioning to television acting.

She is perhaps best known for her role in CBS' long-running soap The Young and the Restless. Sung played restaurant owner Luan Volien from 1994 to 1996, the mother of Jack's long lost son, Keemo. Luan married her true love, Jack Abbott (Pete Bergman), but the couple's happiness was cut short when Luan died from a mysterious terminal illness.

Her other notable TV credits include Hawaii Five-0, The Sopranos, Bones, Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Night Shift. She also played Danielle Dwyer in a couple of episodes of Passions.

Sung's most memorable film roles included Wayne Wang's critically praised drama The Joy Luck Club as well as playing the part of Mrs. Sakamoto in Rob Marshall's big-screen adaptation of the worldwide best-seller Memoirs of a Geisha. Her most recent film credits have tended to be in Asian-American comedies including Anita Ho, Front Cover and Vivian Bang's White Rabbit that screened at the Sundance Festival this year.

Politically active, Sung devoted her time to AIDS charities (her older brother Philip, a fashion designer, died of the disease in 1985) as well as groups that promoted gender and racial diversity in the entertainment industry. In 2016, Sung was one of 683 new members to join The Academy as part of a push to broaden the diversity and gender mix of the body.

Sung is survived by her husband, screenwriter Peter Tulipan.

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