Jane Chung (1911-2012)
JANE BEVERLY CHUNG
Chan Family (1918), Jane is pictured far left
was born in San Francisco, CA in 1911. She spent her early childhood in the close-knit Chinese community of Locke in the Sacramento Delta region. In 1939, Jane married Walter K. Chung, and they had two children, Sue Fawn and Joaquin. Jane was first a housewife, but she fell into acting later in life. Beginning around 1949, Jane began working in motion pictures.
On the set of M*A*S*H (1976)
At first she did primarily extra work - being a part of the background - but later got small parts with and without lines. Her motion picture credits include Pal Joey, The Birds, Around the World in 80 Days, Sayonara, Teahouse of the August Moon, Sand Pebbles, Rabbit's Test, Chinatown, Flower Drum Song, Ring of Fire, When Harry Met Sally, Shangri-la
and Hello Dolly
. She also appeared regularly in such television series as, I Spy, Perry Mason, Ironside
, and was featured in Nasty Boys, The Incredible Hulk
and a wide variety of shows featuring Chinese and Chinatown scenes.
During her career, she assisted talent agent Bessie Loo in finding Asian actors and actresses for a variety of roles in Hollywood. For many years, the Bessie Loo Agency was the sole talent agency representing Asian American actors in Hollywood.
Ricoh advertisment (2002)
With the advent of the Civil Rights Movement, Jane transitioned into non-Asian roles. Toward the end of her career, she preferred to do commercials, including advertisements for Nike, Toys R Us, Sony, Ricoh, Seagram’s Wine Coolers, and Emerald Nuts. Within the industry she was well known for playing such parts as the Chinese grandmother. Additionally, being bilingual in Cantonese and English, her language skills were often sought after for voice-over work. Jane worked as an actress well into her 90s. She passed away peacefully in December 2012, just shy of her 102nd birthday.