Sunday, November 19, 2017

Again, 25 More!

Here are the next 25 Viet celebs to be featured....

1. Chi Tâm:  Southern Vietnamese Folk Opera Actor

2. Hạ Vy:  Overseas Vietnamese Singer

3. Kim Nguyen:  Canadian Filmmaker of Vietnamese and French-Canadian Descent

4. Ngọc Lan:  Vietnamese Actress of Film and Television 

5. Đơn Dương:  Late Vietnamese Film Actor

6. Trang Mỹ Dung:  Vietnamese Singer 

7. Huy Vũ:  Overseas Vietnamese Singer

8. Michelle Phan:  YouTube Personality and Entrepreneur

9. Nhan Phúc Vinh:  Vietnamese Actor

10. La Sương Sương:  Late Overseas Vietnamese Singer

11. Thanh Phong:  Vietnamese Singer

12. Việt Hương:  Overseas Vietnamese Comedienne

13. Stephen Huynh:  Hong Kong Film Actor of Hoa Descent

14. Thanh Thúy:  Vietnamese Actress

15. Billy Shane:  Late Vietnamese Singer of French Love Songs

16. Trang Thanh Lan:  Vietnamese Singer and Actress

17. Mai Quốc Huy:  Overseas Vietnamese Singer

18. Helen Thanh Đào:  Cinema of Taiwan Actress of Vietnamese Origin 

19. Trấn Thành:  Vietnamese Comedian

20. Trúc Quỳnh:  Overseas Vietnamese Singer

21. Việt Hùng:  Late Legendary Southern Vietnamese Folk Opera Actor

22. Mai Thiên Vân:  Overseas Vietnamese Singer

23. Kym Purling:  World-Renowned Australian Pianist/Composer of Vietnamese Origin

24. Nhã Phương:  Vietnamese Actress of Film and Television

25. Kỳ Anh:  Overseas Vietnamese Singer

Friday, November 10, 2017

Ngoc Quyen

Ngọc Quyên (1988-    ) is a Vietnamese model and actress. 

Huỳnh Khương Ngọc Quyên was born on April 24, 1988 in Ho Chi Minh City.  At the age of 16, she began her modeling career.  Standing at five feet eight inches in height, unusually tall among Vietnamese females, coupled with a unique, somber look, Ngọc Quyên from the time of her adolescence easily stood out from her peers growing up in Vietnam.  At the age of 16, she was selected in a modeling search competition to study abroad at Model Academy in South Yarra, Victoria, Australia and was crowned Miss Vietnam of Fashion by the Vietnamese Fashion Models Association.  By the time Ngọc Quyên turned 18, she had established a career as one of Vietnam's most successful fashion models and was voted as Vietnam's most favorite fashion model.  She graced the covers of countless fashion magazines published in Vietnam and became one of the highest paid runway models of Ho Chi Minh City.  Already a bona fide star on the catwalk of Ho Chi Minh City, Ngọc Quyên's celebrity status as a fashion model would expand internationally with bookings on the runways of London, Beijing and Kuala Lumpur for couture houses overseas.  In 2012, she was ranked as one of the five top Vietnamese models of the year by Thanh Niên Magazine.

Trailer Poster for Ngọc Quyên's
Upcoming Feature Film, Mẹ Chồng
As her modeling career had turned her into a national celebrity in Vietnam, Ngọc Quyên simultaneously embarked on a successful acting career.  Among her television acting credits include Tuyết Nhiệt Đới (2006) starring Lương Mạnh Hải and Thanh HằngHoa Dã Quỳ (2008) starring Ngọc DiệpKhương Ngọc and Huy KhánhCó Lẽ Nào Ta Yêu Nhau (2009) starring Ngọc Diệp, Trung Dũng and Diễm MyCô Nàng Tóc Rối (2010) starring MiduPhi Thanh VânỐc Thanh Vân and Xuân LanGia Đình Số Đỏ (2010) starring Quang MinhHồng ĐàoDon Nguyễn and Nhã Phương and Những Thiên Thần Nhanh Nhạy (2013) starring Trấn Thành and Tâm Tít.  Ngọc Quyên has also starred in a string of feature films including 14 Ngày Phép (2009) starring Thái HòaNgọc Lan, Bình Minh and Trịnh HộiLệ Phí Tình Yêu (2012) starring Huy Khánh, Minh HằngHiếu Hiền and the late Minh Thuận and Mỹ Nhân Kế (2013) starring Tăng Thanh Hà and Thanh Hằng.  Her latest feature film, Mẹ Chồng, starring Thanh Hằng, Tăng Thanh Hà, Midu, Diễm My, Lan Khuê and Kim Dung,  will be released in theaters throughout Vietnam this coming December.

On January 25, 2014, Ngọc Quyên married Dr. Richard Nguyen, a Vietnamese-American citizen, in a lavish wedding ceremony held in Huntington Beach, California.  The following year, she and her husband welcomed the birth of their son.  Ngọc Quyên currently lives in Costa Mesa, California with her husband and child. 


Vietnamese Celebrity Homes Part 6a

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Ha Anh Tuan

Hà Anh Tuấn (1984-    ) is a famous Vietnamese R&B singer.

Born on December 17, 1984 in Ho Chi Minh City, Hà Anh Tuấn was blessed with a privileged upbringing.  His father was the owner and CEO of Hồng Hà, Inc., a major tourism promotion company in Vietnam.  Hà Anh Tuấn attended Lê Hồng Phong High School.  During his senior year, he entered and won first prize in two prestigious talent competitions, Chú Ve Con and Liên Hoan Tiếng Hát Học Sinh - Sinh Viên.  After his high school graduation, Hà Anh Tuấn went onto study abroad at Technik Universität in Darmstadt, Germany for 4 years.  After earning his bachelor's degree in computer science, Hà Anh Tuấn returned to Vietnam in 2006 to compete in the nationally televised talent competition, Sao Mai Điểm Hẹn, where he placed among the top 3 vocalists along with Hoàng Hải and Phạm Anh Khoa.  He then teamed up with singer Phương Linh to record their duet studio album, Ngày Hát Đôi, which was released at the beginning of 2007.  Toward the end of that same year, Hà Anh Tuấn released his debut solo studio album, Cafe Sáng, an avant-garde collection of R&B songs written by Võ Thiện Thanh and Hồ Hoài Anh.  Both albums were well received making Hà Anh Tuấn into one of the hottest new singing sensations of Vietnam.  His next solo studio album, Saigon Radio, another compilation of R&B recorded tracks released in 2009, would go onto win the Giải Cống Hiến, Vietnam's equivalent to a Grammy, for Album of the Year and a Làn Sóng Xanh Award for Best Album.  Among his other  studio albums, all of which were both commercial, as well as critical successes, include Acous'84 (2010), Cock-tail (2010), Anh Yêu Em (2011) (recorded with Phương Linh), Lava (2014), Street Rhythm (2015) and Fragile (2017).

Since 2010, Hà Anh Tuấn has been president and CEO of Viet Vision Entertainment, a music production company he had founded.  In addition to producing albums recorded by himself and other artists, Viet Vision Entertainment has also produced highly successful live concert shows in Vietnam for such big names among overseas Vietnamese entertainers like Bằng Kiều, Khánh Ly and Thu Phương.  Viet Vision Entertainment has also promoted concert tours in Vietnam for major Western pop artists such as Super Junior, II Divo, Ronan Keating and Kelly Clarkson.  Since 2015, Hà Anh Tuấn and Viet Vision Entertainment have produced an annual live concert event, The Master of Symphony, held at the Hòa Bình Concert Hall in Ho Chi Minh City.  The first annual live concert event in 2015 was headlined by divas Thanh Lam, Hồng NhungMỹ Linh, Trần Thu Hà and Thu Phương.  The second annual live concert event held in 2016 featured performances by Ý Lan, Tuấn Ngọc, Bằng KiềuTùng Dương, Uyên Linh and Trần Thu Hà.  The third annual of The Master of Symphony live concert series will take place at the end of November in 2017 and will be headlined by 6 legendary Vietnamese female singers:  Hương Lan, Cẩm VânLệ Quyên, Ý Lan, Hồng Nhung and Thu Phương. 


Vietnamese Celebrity Homes Part 6a

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Vicky Nguyen

Vicky Nguyen (1979-    ) is an Emmy Award-winning Vietnamese-American television journalist. 

Originally from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Vicky Nguyen moved to the United States with her family when she was just two years old.  She grew up in San Jose, California.  At the age of 10, Vicky Nguyen became a naturalized American citizen.  She graduated valedictorian from the University of San Francisco in 2000 as a communications major. 

Currently an investigative reporter with NBC Bay Area, KNTV, and a member of the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit since 2007, Vicky Nguyen had previously worked for various television stations around the United States including KSAZ of Phoenix, Arizona, KOLO of Reno, Nevada and Central Florida News 13 of Orlando, Florida.  She received praises for covering Sysco Corporation's practice of storing perishable food in unrefrigerated outdoor storage facilities along with Baseline Killer and Serial Shooter investigations. 

Vicky Nguyen has been honored with many accolades throughout her career.  Among them have included awards from the Asian American Journalists Association, awards from the Radio and Television News Directors Association (RTNDA), 8 regional Emmy Awards, 2 regional Murrow Awards and a Scripps Howard award.  She is married and a mother of 2 children. 


Doan Phi

Đoàn Phi (1985-    ) is an overseas Vietnamese singer currently signed with the label, Asia Entertainment.

Born on March 2, 1985 in Ho Chi Minh City, his full name on his birth certificate is listed as Trương Đoàn Tuệ Nhã.  After graduating from high school in his hometown, Đoàn Phi found work as a veejay for MTV - Vietnam.  In 2006, he left Vietnam and took up permanent residence in the United States.  That same year, Đoàn Phi entered and placed second in Asia Entertainment's Tìm Kiếm Tài Năng (Talent Search).  Although he hadn't taken home the first prize award, he was offered a contract with the label as an exclusive recording artist.  His first appearance on Asia Entertainment's popular live show music video series was on volume 54, Trúc Hồ - Trầm Tử Thiêng / Bước chân Việt Nam - A Triumphant Story, performing a duet of the song, Đoàn Đỉnh Gió Hú (written by Trúc Hồ), with singer Lê Nguyên.  Đoàn Phi has since made appearances in 20 volumes of Asia Entertainment's live show music video series.  Among his most popular performances on Asia Entertainment include such songs like Chiều Một Mình Qua Phố (written by Trịnh Công Sơn), Sầu Đông (written by Khánh Băng), Yêu Nhau Trên Biển (written by Trúc Hồ) and Con Tim Mù Lòa (written by Sỹ Đan).  He has recorded duets with Thùy Hương, Ánh Minh, Ngọc Anh Vi and Trish Thùy Trang.  On Asia 71:  32nd Anniversary Celebration, Đoàn Phi stepped out of his comfort zone as a pop singer to act in a comedy sketch, 32 Năm Ngày Gặp Lại, with Quang Minh and Hồng Đào.  In 2010, Đoàn Phi recorded his debut solo studio album, Thiên Thần Tội Lỗi.  Đoàn Phi has performed live in concert for Vietnamese audiences all over the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.  Due to his energetic style of performing, style of dress and dance moves, Đoàn Phi has often been referred to as the Nguyễn Hưng of Asia Entertainment.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Bich Thuan

Bích Thuận (1922-    ) is a legendary actress of Southern Vietnamese folk opera known as "cải lương".

Originally from Bắc Ninh province of Northern Vietnam, Bích Thuận began her career in Vietnamese folk opera theater in Hanoi at the age of 10.  She along with her younger sister, Tường Vi, had formed their own folk opera theater troupe called Nhật Tân Ban.  Bích Thuận would eventually collaborate with Tố Như Folk Opera Theater Troupe which turned her into a star in Northern Vietnam.  One of her most popular roles was her portrayal as Thúc Sinh, the male lead character in the play, Kim Vân Kiều, opposite legendary actress Kim Chung.  In 1948, Bích Thuận toured Southern Vietnam with the Tố Như Folk Opera Theater Troupe.  After the successful tour, Bích Thuận decided not to return to Hanoi with her fellow cast members of Tố Như Folk Opera Theater Troupe but instead remained in Saigon with her two nieces, up and coming folk opera actresses Bích Sơn and Bích Thủy, where she would form her own Bích Thuận Folk Opera Theater Troupe.  She quickly learned to sing as well as speak with an authentic Southern Vietnamese accent and became the first Vietnamese folk opera actress of Northern Vietnamese origin to have a large following of fans in Southern Vietnam.  In 1951, Bích Thuận joined the Phụng Hảo Folk Opera Theater Troupe, headed by legendary actress Phùng Há.  Among the most popular "cải lương" plays Bích Thuận had starred in while living in Saigon prior to 1975 include Gánh Hàng HoaTruồng Hận, Phùng Mậu Hạ San, Hoa Rơi Cửa Phật, Hai Bóng Hoa Rừng, Phấn Hậu Cung and Vụ Án Giết Chồng.  In 1969, Bích Thuận starred alongside Mộng Tuyền and Huỳnh Thái in the highly rated televised "cải lương" play, Kim Vân Kiều, which aired on South Vietnam's national channel 9.  In addition to the Southern Vietnamese folk opera stage, Bích Thuận had also achieved success in films and pop music.  As a film actress, she often portrayed the role of the sexy older woman in a handful of well received feature films including Mãnh Lực Đồng Tiền (1971), Sám Hối (1971) starring Túy Phượng and Sau Giờ Giới Nghiêm (1972) starring Trần Quang and Thanh Nga.  As a pop singer, Bích Thuận recorded for the record label, Việt Nam, scoring hits with singles such as Ai Về Sông Tương (written by Thông Đạt) and Trách Người Ra Đi (written by Đan Thơ).  Bích Thuận also taught as a theater professor at Quốc Gia Âm Nhạc Và Kịch Nghệ (University of Saigon, School of Fine Arts).

In 1980,  Bích Thuận and her husband, known as Tonton Hiếu, resettled in Paris, France.  She continued on with her career performing for the overseas Vietnamese communities in Europe.  Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Bích Thuận traveled to the United States and Canada on numerous occasions to perform for overseas Vietnamese audiences there.  In 1986, she starred with Dũng Thanh Lâm and Kim Tuyến in the "cải lương" video adaptation of the play, Chiêu Quân Cống Hồ.  In 1999, Bích Thuận was honored with a tribute live show in Paris, France sponsored by UNESCO to celebrate her 50 years as an entertainer.  In 2005, she wrote and published her autobiography.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Le Tuan Anh

Lê Tuấn Anh (1968-    ) is a famous Vietnamese film actor.

Following the untimely passing of his mother and his father remarrying, Lê Tuấn Anh left home at the age of 17.  He worked odd jobs to support himself while attending Cao Đẳng Sân Khấu Drama Academy in Ho Chi Minh City.  In 1990, Lê Tuấn Anh made his film debut in the feature, Bí Mật Thành Phố Cấm.  The following year, he starred in what would be considered his breakthrough role in films as Thái Salem in Lệnh Truy Nã alongside Việt Trinh.  During Vietnam's era in film known as "Mỳ Ăn Liền" (Instant Noodles) in the 1990s, Lê Tuấn Anh along with Lý Hùng and Lê Công Tuấn Anh were considered the top 3 leading men.  Among his most popular films include Vị Đắng Tình Yêu (1990) starring Lê Công Tuấn Anh, Thủy Tiên and Kim XuânBên Dòng Sông Trẹm (1992) starring Lý Hùng, Y Phụng and Hồng ĐàoCông Tử Bạc Liêu (1993) starring Việt Trinh, Diệp Lang and Kiều Oanh and Hải Đường Trắng (1994) starring Lê Công Tuấn Anh and Cát Phượng.  In 1998 after starring in the television movie, Gió Qua Miền Tối Sáng, alongside Minh Hòa and Phương Thanh, Lê Tuấn Anh shocked his fans with his announcement of retirement as an actor.

Hồng Vân and Lê Tuấn Anh
Lê Tuấn Anh is now the owner of a restaurant located in Ho Chi Minh City.  Married to comedienne Hồng Vân for over 20 years, the couple are proud parents of three children.  During the early 1990s, Lê Tuấn Anh was briefly married to Amerasian singer Phương Thảo.


Friday, October 20, 2017

Ngo My Uyen

Ngô Mỹ Uyên (1974-    ) is considered to be the wealthiest beauty queen of Vietnam.  This former Miss Vietnam beauty pageant titleholder turned actress/magician has amassed a fortune worth in total $300 billion VND ($13.2 million USD).

After winning first prize in Vietnam's Model Search (Tìm Kiếm Người Mẫu Thời Trang) at the age of 18, Ngô Mỹ Uyên began her lucrative career as a fashion model appearing in print, as well as television ads for various major international brand names such as Nokia, Pond's, Suzuki, Pepsi and La Coste.  In 1994, she successfully made the transition into an acting career starring in the feature film directed by Lê Dân, Áo Trắng Sân Trường, alongside the late Lê Công Tuấn Anh and Y Phụng.  That same year, Ngô Mỹ Uyên was also crowned as "Hoa Hậu Điện Ảnh" (Cinema of Vietnam's Beauty Queen).  And in 1999, she won the title of Miss International Fashion Model held in Cairo, Egypt.

During her first trip to the United States in 2001, Ngô Mỹ Uyên had befriended famous American magician, Gay Blackstone.  After a short period of time as Blackstone's protegee, she was able to began a new career as a professional illusionist.  Known to her non-Vietnamese fans as My Wynn, she has performed as a magician at live shows for audiences all over the United States and Europe.  In 2005, Ngô Mỹ Uyên was featured on a one hour television special, The Magic of Wynn, which aired on over 150 media markets worldwide.

In 2001 Ngô Mỹ Uyên returned to Vietnam to star in the epic feature film, Khát Vọng Thăng Long, with Quách Ngọc Ngoan.  In March of that same year, she graced the cover of Vietnam's first publication of Cosmopolitan magazine.  On November of 2013, Ngô Mỹ Uyên hosted a fashion show in Ho Chi Minh City, Butterflies, celebrating the works of renowned fashion designer Đỗ Mạnh Cường.  The show featured a gala of famous Vietnamese beauties including Diễm My, Trương Ngọc Ánh, Thanh Lam, Mỹ Linh, Hồng Nhung along with former Miss Vietnam beauty pageant titleholders Hà Kiều Anh, Đặng Thu Thảo and Hương Giang.

Ngô Mỹ Uyên is the owner of one of the most luxurious mansions in Ho Chi Minh City.  Located in the first district known as Saigon, her house is filled with expensive artwork from all around the world.