China Lee (born Margaret Lee; September 2, 1942) is an American model and actress. She was Playboy's Playmate of the Month for the August 1964 issue, and the first Asian American Playmate. Her centerfold was photographed by Pompeo Posar. According to her Playmate profile, her name is pronounced "chee-na" to rhyme with "Tina".
|Playboy centerfold appearance|
|Preceded by||Melba Ogle|
|Succeeded by||Astrid Schulz|
September 2, 1942
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
|Measurements||Bust: 35 in (89 cm)|
Waist: 22 in (56 cm)
Hips: 35 in (89 cm)
|Height||5 ft 4.5 in (164 cm)|
|Weight||112 lb (51 kg)|
Lee was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Chinese parents who had immigrated to the United States after their marriage. The family owned a laundry and later a much lauded restaurant. She is the youngest of eight children and the younger sister of Harry Lee, who served as the sheriff of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana for about 28 years. The name "China" is derived from the nickname "Chinita" ("little Chinese girl") bestowed on her by Spanish-speaking neighbors who admired her dancing as a child.
Lee worked as a hairstylist and waitress, then as a Playboy Club Bunny, before appearing in Playboy. She had been a "Training Bunny," which required her to travel to different Playboy Clubs to teach prospective Bunnies their duties.
|1964||The Troublemaker||The Hooker|
|1965||Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine||Robot|
|1966||Paradise, Hawaiian Style||Girl||Uncredited|
|1966||What's Up, Tiger Lily?||Dancer in Credits||Uncredited|
|1967||The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.||Vivian||Episode: "The Double-O-Nothing Affair"|
|1967||Good Times||Mordicus' Girl|
|1967||Don't Make Waves||Waitress||Uncredited|
|1969||Medium Cool||Roller Derby Patron||(final film role)|
- "Playmate data". Retrieved December 19, 2017.
- Feng, Rex (November 12, 2007). "Showdown With The 'Chinese Cowboy': Wrangling with the legacy of late Louisiana Sheriff Harry Lee". AsianWeek. ISSN 0195-2056. Archived from the original on October 5, 2012.
- Archerd, Army (June 21, 1996). "Copperfield Act Could Blow Away Auds". Variety. ISSN 0042-2738.