Marrie Lee

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Doris Young Siew Keen (born November 25, 1959 in Singapore) is a Singaporean actress. Given the stage name Marrie Lee, she made her film debut at age 18, portraying the title character in 1978's They Call Her Cleopatra Wong, a martial arts film about a female Interpol agent written and directed by Bobby A. Suarez. She reprised the role in 1979's Dynamite Johnson, in which she was teamed up with the 10-year-old Singaporean tae kwon do practitioner, Johnson Yap, from Bionic Boy, a 1978 film written by Suarez, and The Devil's Three, in which Cleopatra Wong leads an all-female team of crimefighters in the Philippines.[1]

Doris started her acting career when she was working as a receptionist in a nightclub and she answered a newspaper ad that asked "Are you smart, sexy and seductive?" The ad was placed by Suarez' BAS Film Productions, which was looking for a heroine who could ride a motorcycle. She auditioned in a miniskirt and boots and won the role.[citation needed]

Her screen name, Marrie Lee, was created to capitalize on the fame of the late Bruce Lee. "Some fans thought that I was his younger sister," she told The Business Times in a 2005 interview.

She performed her own stunts, including jumping through a real glass window and dangling from a helicopter,[2] and sustained many injuries, including a fractured left wrist.[3]

She retired from acting in 1985 and runs her own health-care company.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Bionic Boy and Cleopatra Wong: Singapore's Heroic Duo, Southeast Asia Cinematheque, 2005.
  2. ^ "Smash! Bang! Pow!", Business Times, July 1, 2005 (retrieved on December 11, 2006 via Singapore Rebel).
  3. ^ What Sun Chlorella users say (retrieved from Google cache on December 11, 2006).

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Bibliography[edit]

  • Paul, Louis (2008). "Marrie Lee". Tales From the Cult Film Trenches; Interviews with 36 Actors from Horror, Science Fiction and Exploitation Cinema. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. pp. 157–163. ISBN 978-0-7864-2994-3.