Asian American Film and TV Luminary Elizabeth Sung Passes Away at Age 63

The Asian American Pacific Islander entertainment community has lost one of its biggest heroes with the recent passing of beloved actress and filmmaker Elizabeth Sung.

The Hong Kong-born artist, whose cause of death is yet to be revealed, passed away on Tuesday night at age 63, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Sung, who is best known for her role in CBS’ long-running soap “The Young and the Restless”, has also starred in critically acclaimed films such as “The Joy Luck Club” and Rob Marshall’s adaptation of “Memoirs of a Geisha.”

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At the LAAPFF opening night with the For Izzy Team

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Notable for her support for Asian American and Pacific Islander television and film community, the veteran actress has lent her talent in many theater, TV, and film productions by up-and-coming AAPI creatives for many years.

She was a patron of Humans of VC, whose mission is to “develop and support the voices of Asian American and Pacific Islander filmmakers and media artists who empower communities and challenge perspectives.”

In a touching tribute written by Visual Communications‘ Abe Ferrer, Sung is commended for her unending support to Asian American independent cinema.

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“I’m grateful to have had her friendship, and I think the entire Asian Pacific American acting and filmmaking community should be thankful that she had our collective backs over the thirty years that she worked in front of and behind the camera,” he wrote.

Her most recent works include the hilarious romantic comedies “Anita Ho”, “Front Cover”, “For Izzy,” which was the grand prize winner for Best Narrative Feature at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF), and the critically-acclaimed “White Rabbit,” which was featured at Sundance and LAAPFF earlier this year.

Aside from actively supporting groups that promoted gender and racial diversity in the entertainment industry, Sung has also been generous to AIDS charities (her older brother died of the disease in 1985) and other causes.

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Featured image via Elizabeth Sung’s website

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