Ming-Na Wen Poster


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Overview (3)

Born in Coloane Island, Macau
Birth NameMing-Na Wen
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Ming-Na ("enlightenment") was born on the island of Macau, forty miles from Hong Kong. Her mother, Lin Chan Wen, divorced her father when Ming-Na was only a toddler. She has an older brother named Jonathan. After the divorce, they moved to Hong Kong where her mother became a nurse. There her mother met Soo Lim Yee, a U.S. businessman. They soon married, and at four years, Ming-Na moved with her family to Queens, New York. Five years later, they transferred to Yee's hometown of Pittsburgh where his family runs the Chinatown Inn restaurant. Jonathan and half-brother, Leong, now manage this restaurant. Struggling to fit in at school, she changed her name to Maggie & Doris. She found a love for acting while appearing in a third grade Easter play, where she played a klutzy bunny. Her mother was not excited about her desire to pursue acting, She preferred that she go into medicine. Nonetheless, Ming-Na graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in theatre. She got her first acting job in 1988 on the soap As the World Turns (1956). Her big break came when she was cast in The Joy Luck Club (1993). When she needed a ride to the premiere of the film, her acting instructor sent one of his students, Eric Michael Zee. The two started dating in 1994 after Ming-Na moved permanently to Los Angeles and married in 1995, dropping her last name, Wen, at that time. She says she is now like Ann-Margret. Zee is a screenwriter and, with Ming-Na, manages At Last, a boy band.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: John Sacksteder, jsack@ka.net>

Spouse (2)

Eric Michael Zee (16 June 1995 - present) ( 2 children)
Kirk Aanes (19 May 1990 - 1993) ( divorced)

Trivia (9)

She was one of the very first Chinese-American actresses to have a contract role, on the TV series As the World Turns (1956).
Graduated from Carnegie Mellon University.
Graduated from Mt. Lebanon High School, Pittsburgh, PA, in 1981.
First child, daughter Michaela Zee, born on November 21, 2000.
Second child, a boy named Cooper Dominic, was born on 13 October 2005 at 2:23 at St. John Hospital in Santa Monica. He weighed in at 8 lbs, 9 oz.
Chosen by Goldsea Asian-American Daily as one of the "100 Most Inspiring Asian Americans of All Time" (ranked #49).
One of People Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People in the World (2008).
Speaks Mandarin, as do her daughter and son.
Her character on Eureka (2006) was named after her daughter Michaela Wen.

Personal Quotes (6)

What I want is the same opportunities as anyone to get a part.
I'm trying to show I'm a trained actress--I can transform myself into different characters. I'm not just an ingenue.
I'm as proud to be Chinese as I am American.
I'm not one of those actresses that's going to feel like I never achieved my dreams and goals and just get disgruntled and hate everything about the business. I've had so much fun.
[in 2014 on The Arsenio Hall Show (2013), about her film Street Fighter (1994)] It's a good movie, if you're drunk.
I hope Hong Kong and Asia wants to hire American Asian actresses as much as Hollywood has been hiring Chinese actors from Asia. So hopefully in reverse, yes, I would love to work with Zhang Yimou and all those wonderful directors out there.

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