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Former 'The Young and the Restless' star dies at 63

Junie Sihlangu
May 25, 2018
04:42 A.M.
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Elizabeth Sung was a veteran actress who was well-known for starring in the soap The Young and the Restless. She has passed on at the age of 63.

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Besides being an actress, the star was also an activist. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress also devoted her time to AIDS charities.

Elizabeth Sung was said to have passed away this week on Tuesday. The course of her death hasn’t been revealed according to Soaps.com.

She was born and raised in Hong Kong. At a young age, Sung studied ballet before going to the US to study dance in New York at the Juilliard School.

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After graduation, she danced for an American company before transitioning to television acting. On The Young and the Restless, Sung played restaurant owner Luan Volien from 1994 to 1996.

She’s also starred on Hawaii Five-0, The Sopranos, Bones, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and many others. Her most memorable film roles included the drama The Joy Luck Club and Memoirs of a Geisha.

In Memoirs of a Geisha, Sung played the role of Mrs. Sakamoto. The film was based on Rob Marshall's worldwide bestseller.

Her most recent film credits have tended to be in Asian-American comedies. These included Anita Ho, Front Cover, and Vivian Bang's White Rabbit which was screened at the Sundance Festival this year.

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The actress was also politically active. She devoted her time to AIDs charities after her older brother, Philip, a fashion designer, died of the disease in 1985 according to The LA Times.

Sung was also involved with groups that promoted gender and racial diversity in the entertainment industry. In 2016, she was one of 683 new members to join The Academy as part of a push to broaden the diversity and gender mix.

She is survived by her husband and screenwriter Peter Tulipan.

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