Honorary Asian Actresses

A site dedicated to recognizing Asian actresses and there achievements.

Thuy Trang
Born: December 3,1973
Area: Hanoi, Vietnam
Languages Spoken: Vietnamese, French, English
Eyes: Black
Hair: Dark Brown
Height: 5'6"

Thuy Trang's father was a soilder in the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) and was defending the capital of Saigon, from Communist North Vietnamese Army.  Only two years old, Thuy and her family had to escape Hanoi, due to Vietcong forces invading there homeland.  In 1979, Thuy and her family boarded a cargo ship with hundreds of other prosecuted Southern Vietnamese traveling to Hong Kong.  Thuy herself was very ill at the time and almost didn't make it, but thanks to her mothers efforts, she pulled though.  Upon reaching Hong Kong, Thuy's father was contacted and he petitioned the United States government for political asylum for his family.  In the end, Thuy and her family reached America and she was reunited with her father in 1980, in Little Saigon, California.  At the age of nine, Thuy began to learn the art of Kung Fu.  She graduated from Banning High School and won a scholarship to attend the University of California, Irvine, in studying civil engineering.  However around 1992 she was approached by a talent scout which changed her plans dramatically.  Through the talent scout she got small roles in a couple of TV commercials/advertisements, one of which was a Scientology Ad.  Thuy got her big break in 1993 though, when she landed a role on the popular show, "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" as Trini Kwan, the original yellow ranger.  Children of all ages were able to get a glimpse of a strong, female Asian character.  I know growing up as a child, I really looked up to Trini (Thuy Trang) and felt she was the most noble and intelligent superhero I had ever seen.  I was deeply hurt when she was later replaced by another person on the show in 1994, but continued to be an admiring fan.  She later starred in the video documentary called the "Encyclopedia of Martial Arts", along side fellow Power Ranger co-stars Austin St. John and Walter Jones.  In 1996, she had a cameo appearance in the movie, "Spy Hard", as a masseuse.  The same year, Thuy starred in the movie, "The Crow: City of Angels", where she played a villain called Kali.  Audiences were able to see Thuy's actress skills at a higher level than as Trini.  Despite the fact that Thuy's character, Kali, was ruthless, she did a great job of bringing the characters sexy, yet saddistic nature to life.  Saddly, however, Thuy Trang's career as an actress was cut short at the age of 27 in a car accident on September 3, 2001 near San Francisco, California. She and former actress/model Angela Rockwood-Nguyen, to whom Trang was to be a bridesmaid for later that year, were passengers in a car traveling on Interstate 5 between San Francisco and Los Angeles. They were returning from visiting Angela's planned maid of honor, when the driver of the vehicle she was riding in lost control.  Trang died upon impact.  Her Mighty Morphin Power Ranger co-stars David Yost, Amy Jo Johnson, Austin St John, and Walter Jones attended the funeral, a traditional Buddhist ceremonywas held on September 10, 2001, at the Peek Family Funeral Home in Westminster, California.   No doubt Thuy's passing was a horrible and sad misfortune. In the short span of her career she touched and influenced many, and will be deeply missed, and never forgotten.

1973 - 2001

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