France Nuyen Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 27 Sep, 2019
Facts of France Nuyen
Date of Birth: 1939 , July-31
Age: 80 years old
Birth Nation: France
Height: 5 feet 5 inch
Name France Nuyen
Birth Name Nguyen-van-Nga
Father Louis Nuyen
Mother Julie Mazaut Nuyen
Nationality French
Birth Place/City Marseille
Ethnicity White
Profession Model, Actress
Working For TV show, Movie
Net Worth $900k
Married to Robert Culp
Children One
Movies Battle for the Planet of the Apes, The Joy Luck Club
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French actress and model France Nuyen is widely recognized for playing the role of Siu Lan in the drama-history movie Satan Never Sleeps. However, she is also famous for becoming the ex-wife of Robert Culp who is an American actor, screenwriter, voice actor, and director.

Born And Raised In Marseille, France

France Nuyen was born as France Nguyen-van-Nga in Marseille, France on July 31st, 1939 to father, Louis Nuyen and mother, Julie Mazaut Nuyen who were of French and Vietnamese groups. As per her nationality, she is French and is of the white ethnic group.

Nuyen in the early days of her acting careersource: Vintag.Es

As per the reports, her mother and grandfather were persecuted by the Nazis for Roma during World War II. Nuyen was raised up in Marseille by her cousin whom she calls "an Orchidaceae raiser who was the only person who gave a damn about me."

Talking about her educational background, Nuyen dropped out the school at an early age of 11 and started studying art. Later she received a master's degree in Clinical Psychology from college.

Net Worth

Actress France Nuyen's exact net worth is still under the review, however, according to some online sources, the 80-years-old actress, Nuyen has an estimated net worth of $900,000 in 2019. Her modeling and acting profession is the main source of her income.

She has amassed a handsome sum of money from her involvement in the film industry. Some of her films and their earnings are listed below:

Film Earning Budget Cast Member Year
Battle for the Planet of the Apes $8,844,595 $1,800,000 Claude Akins, Lew Ayres, John Huston 1973
The Joy Luck Club $32,901,136 $11,000,000 Lisa Lu, Tsai Chin, and Kieu Chinh 1993

Further, her ex-husband Robert Culp also has an impressive net worth of $5 million as of September 2019. He gathered his fortune from his profession as an actor and director.

Career In Acting 

After completing her education, Nuyen started working as a seamstress in 1955. Her career took a turn after she met a well-known Life photographer, Philippe Halsman. In October 1958, she was featured on the cover of an issue of Life magazine.

In 1958, the actress France started working in motion pictures. She portrayed Liat, a daughter of Bloody Mary in her very film South Pacific.

Afterward, Nuyen was cast in several films such as The Last Time I Saw Archie, Satan Never Sleeps, A Girl Named Tamiko, and Battle for the Planet of the Apes.

Later, she played the role of Ying Ying mother in the drama film The Joy Luck Club directed by Wayne Wang. Lauren Tom, Rosalind Chao, and Tamlyn Tomita were the stars of the film.

Married Twice, Welcomed Daughter Fleur Morell

In 1963, Nuyen married psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Gasper Morell. The couple welcomed their first baby, Fleur Morell. Later, the couple divorced in 1966.

Nuyen with her husband, Robert Culp SOURCE: IMDB

After several years, she met Robert Culp while appearing in TV series I Spy in which he was working as one of the main actors. They started dating shortly after their first meeting and got engaged. Later, the pair tied the knot in 1967, however, they got divorced after around three years in 1970.

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