March 29, 2010

HONG KONG: `Suzie' shows how to age gracefully

. HONG KONG / The Standard / March 29, 2010 By Jacqueline Pang I wasn't born when Nancy Kwan reached the pinnacle of her acting career. I'm not a fan, and have only watched The World of Suzie Wong once [frankly more because of William Holden]. The success of her later films, such as Flower Drum Song, is to me largely hearsay. I've heard people talking about her documentary, To Whom it May Concern: Ka Shen's Journey, but only started looking forward to it lately after reading interviews she gave during her recent trip back to her native Hong Kong. To Whom It May Concern: Ka Shen's Journey. Nancy Kwan (born May 19, 1939), now 70, she has had a rich life, and built up quite a resume - graduation from the Royal Ballet School in England, with a certificate to teach; the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer; Golden Ring Award; and interestingly, her recognition as style icon for the Vidal Sassoon bob! But like everyone else, she has reasons to be sad: two divorces and the death of her only son at 33. Related reports Bangkok Post: Actress Nancy Kwan speaks outside the re-built Luk Kwok hotel, a former waterfront location where she filmed the movie 'The World of Suzy Wong', in Hong Kong. Hotel employees appear incredulous at Kwan's unexpected appearance as an AFP photographer snaps pictures of the former screen siren, born to a Chinese father and Scottish mother. The New York Times: Heady Days for Hong Kong Women Instead of complaining, she remains energetic and active. She still acts [did you know she played a role in the TV series ER?] and is politically active. While here, she criticized the tearing down of colonial buildings and the ever-shrinking Victoria Harbour. Her philosophy is simple: "I was very lucky. Everything in life is about timing, and if it's not meant to happen, I don't care what you do, it's not going to happen." I guess this is the key to aging gracefully. [rc] TV hostess and disc jockey Jacqueline Pang takes the passing years in her stride. © 2010 The Standard, The Standard Newspapers Publishing Ltd..