Providence, Rhode Island
Maggie Han (born 1959) is an American actress. Her career began with modeling jobs in the United States and France, and progressed to acting in film and television productions. She is best known for playing Yoshiko Kawashima in The Last Emperor and Cheryl the lawyer in the NBC sitcom Seinfeld.
Maggie Han was born in Providence, Rhode Island. Her parents were retired music professors who immigrated to the United States from South Korea. Han grew up enthralled by feminist literature and developed an "aversion to the idea of marriage and a family." At the age of 16, Han enrolled at Harvard University and majored in American history. Upon the suggestion of a stranger, she contacted a local modeling agency and began working part-time. After receiving an increasing number of job offers, Han decided to model full-time in Paris to escape what she described as "misery" in the Harvard environment.
Maggie Han modeled for six years in Paris and later New York and described one of her most memorable experiences as being a photo-shoot in a war-torn area of Lebanon. In 1983, Han returned to Harvard to continue her degree. While there, she became an award-winning reporter for the Harvard Crimson newspaper. During this time she got a deal to do part-time modeling for the pantyhose company L'eggs and appeared in several commercials for them. In 1985, Han received an offer to audition for the miniseries Space. To make her acting debut in that series, she again dropped out of Harvard but stated that returning for a second time was a possibility. Afterward, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue further roles. These included LA Law and her film debut The Last Emperor.
|Film or Television Title||Character||Episodes||Year(s)|
|Murder, She Wrote||Nobu Hitaki||1 episode||1996|
|Open Season||Cary Sain||--||1995|
|Diagnosis Murder||Sunshine||1 episode||1994|
|Black Tie Affair||Cookie||Regular||1993|
|Seinfeld||Cheryl Fong||2 episodes||1993|
|Dark Avenger||Rae Wong||--||1990|
|Crazy People||Connie Vega-Margolis||--||1990|
|Murder in Paradise||Dr. Diane Mahona||--||1990|
|Murphy's Law||Kimiko Fannuchi||5 episodes||1988-1989|
|Mr. Belvedere||Tami Suzuki||2 episodes||1988|
|Crime Story||Ginnie Chan||1 episode||1987|
|The Last Emperor||Yoshiko Kawashima||--||1987|
|LA Law||Sandy||3 episodes||1986|
|Head of the Class||Shayeeda||1 episode||1986|
|Space||Cindy Rhee||3 episodes||1985|
- "Maggie Han filmography". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-01-10.
- Kim, Jae-Ha (1988-01-08). "'Emperor' star Maggie Han has leg up on other actresses". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2016-01-10.
- Han, Margaret (1983-09-12). "There and Back Again". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved 2016-01-10.