Luz Valdez

  1. Nancy Kwan, The World of Suzie Wong, 1960.      So many rows…  When Broadway’s Suzie, France Nuyen, and director Jean Negulesco were dumped, a “second global search for another Suzie” began in December 1959, covering:  Valdez,  Grace Chang, Choo Oh (Miss Korea 1959), Lisa Liu, Nobu McCarthy, Charita Soliz. A total pr job! Kwan, from London’s Royal Ballet School,  who succeeded Nuyen  on-stage, had long been producer Ray Stark’s choice. Shamefully… Because she looked  less Eurasian. Why else had he also been looking at French star Pascale Petit (from Les tricheurs and Julie la rousse) and West Side Story’s Rita Moreno and Natalie Wood… ?

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