Kiều Chinh (born Nguyễn Thị Chinh; September 3, 1937) is a Vietnamese-American actress, humanitarian, lecturer, and philanthropist. She is known as one of the most legendary actors from Vietnam. In her career spanning over sixty years from 1957 to present days, Kiều Chinh received many accolades including an Emmy Award in 1996.
Nguyễn Thị Chinh
3 July 1937
Hanoi, North Viet Nam
Nguyễn Năng Tế
(m. 1955; div. 1981)
She was awarded a lifetime achievements award at the Aisian Film Festival in Los Angeles in May 2021.
Kiều Chinh began her acting career in her South Vietnam, starting with a starring role in Hồi Chuông Thiên Mụ (The Bells of Thiên Mụ Temple) (1957). Kiều Chinh soon became one of South Vietnam's best-known personalities.
In the 1960s, in addition to Vietnamese films, she also appeared in several American productions including A Yank in Viet-Nam (1964) and Operation C.I.A. (1965), the latter opposite Burt Reynolds. Kiều Chinh also produced a war epic Người Tình Không Chân Dung (Warrior, Who Are You) (1971), which later would be remastered and shown in the U.S. at the 2003 Vietnamese International Film Festival.
In April 1975, while Kiều Chinh was on a film set in Singapore, she became aware that communist North Vietnamese was about to overrun Saigon, despite the dangers she returned to her homeland, South Vietnam. Within days of its demise, she flew back to Singapore using her diplomatic passport. However, when the government of South Vietnam government fell she was deported from Singapore because her diplomatic passport had become worthless. She was then refused entry to France, Britain and the USA. Eventually she was admitted to Canada. Whilst there she was required to get a job immediately and ended up working on a chicken farm. She desperately tried to contact previous acquaintances in the acting world including Glenn Ford and Burt Reynolds but both of whom were "unavailable" to help. Eventually she contacted Tippi Hedren who arranged an air ticket and a US visa for her and invited her to her home. William Holden was supportive once he had found out about Chinh's plight. Thus Kiều Chinh resumed her acting career in the US, her first part being in a 1977 episode of M*A*S*H "In Love and War", written by Alan Alda and loosely based on her life story.
Kiều Chinh subsequently acted in feature films as well as TV-movies including The Children of An Lac (TV), Hamburger Hill (1987), Riot (1997), Catfish in Black Bean Sauce (1999), Face (2002), Journey From The Fall (2005), 21 (2008).
From 1989 to 1991, she had a recurring role as Triệu Âu on the ABC Vietnam War drama series China Beach.
In 2015, she co-produced Ride The Thunder (2015), a Fred Koster film based on the book of the same title, written by Richard Botkin.
In her best known role, she starred as Suyuan, one of the women in Wayne Wang’s The Joy Luck Club (film) in 1993. In 2005, Kiều Chinh starred in Journey from the Fall, an epic feature film tracing a Vietnamese family through the aftermath of the fall of Saigon, the re-education camps, the boat people experience, and the initial difficulties of settling in the U.S.
She was awarded a lifetime achievements award at the Asian Film Festival in Los Angeles on 15 May 2021.
Kieu Chinh releases her lifetime memoir Kieu Chinh: Nghe Si Luu Vong (Kieu Chinh: An Artist in Exile) both in Vietnamese and English version on September 2021 and will do a world tour through 2022.
For over a decade, Kiều Chinh has been a lecturer of the Greater Talent Network in New York. She has been invited to give keynote addresses at Pfizer, Kellogg, Cornell University and University of San Diego.
Kiều Chinh is also active in philanthropic work. Together with journalist Terry Anderson, she co-founded the Vietnam Children’s Fund, which has built 51 schools in Vietnam attended by more than 30,000 students annually. Kiều Chinh and Anderson continue to serve as the Fund’s co-chair.
- Hồi Chuông Thiên Mụ (The Bells of Thien Mu Temple) 1957
- A Yank in Viet-Nam 1964
- Operation C.I.A. 1965
- The Evil Within 1970
- Người Tình Không Chân Dung (Faceless Lover) 1971
- Bão Tình (Storm of love) 1972
- Chiếc Bóng Bên Đường (Roadside Shadow) 1973
- Hè Muộn (Late Summer) 1973
- "The 100,000 Ruble Rumble" 1976
- Cover Girls 1977
- The Hostage Heart 1977
- The Lucifer Complex 1978
- The Children of An Lac 1980
- Hamburger Hill 1987
- Gleaming the Cube 1988
- Vietnam-Texas 1990
- Welcome Home 1989
- The Joy Luck Club 1993
- Riot 1997
- City of Angels 1998
- Catfish in Black Bean Sauce 1999
- What's Cooking? 2000
- Green Dragon 2001
- Face 2002
- Journey from the Fall 2006 (this film receive 28 awards worldwide)
- 21 (2008)
- 21 and a Wake-Up (2009)
- Hollow (2014)
- Ride The Thunder (2015)
- NCIS: Los Angeles (2015)
Honors and awardsEdit
At the 2003 Vietnamese International Film Festival, Kiều Chinh received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Also in 2003, at the Women's Film Festival in Turin Kiều Chinh was awarded the Special Acting Award. In 2006, the San Diego Asian Film Festival honored Kieu Chinh with the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2015, the San Francisco Film Fest, Festival of Globe honors Kieu Chinh with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to the film industry and more.
In 2009, Chinh was honored as the 2009 Woman of the Year for her work in film and community service by State Senator Lou Correa.
- "Kiều Chinh được AWFF trao Giải Thành Tựu Trọn Đời (2021) * Viet Nam Nhat Bao * Vietnam Daily News". www.vietnamdaily.com. Retrieved 2021-05-25.
- Hastings, Max (2018). Vietnam. p. 630.