Asian American Community Bids Farewell To Veteran Actress Elizabeth Sung

Elizabeth Sung, the veteran stage, film and TV actress and prominent figure in the Asian American arts community, died Tuesday at the age of 63.

Sung was born in Hong Kong and best known for her film and television roles in “The Joy Luck Club,” “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “The Young and the Restless.”

A Juilliard graduate, Sung was a ballet dancer with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Dance Company who transitioned into acting in the late 1980s. She was herself a filmmaker, and later received a Master’s degree in directing from the American Film Institute.

Sung dedicated much of her time to collaborations with the Asian Pacific American creative community. Most recently, Sung was seen in the films “For Izzy,” which premiered at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, and “White Rabbit,” which also showed at the festival.