Suzanne Whang

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Suzanne Whang
Born(1962-09-28)September 28, 1962
DiedSeptember 17, 2019(2019-09-17) (aged 56)
OccupationActress, television host, comedian, radio host, author, minister, writer, producer, political activist
Years active1990–2019
Spouse(s)Michael Freed (divorced)
Jay Nickerson
(m. 2013; div. 2015)

Suzanne Whang (September 28, 1962 – September 17, 2019) was an American television host, comedian, radio host, author, minister, writer, producer, and political activist. She is best known for having been the host of the HGTV series House Hunters for nine years, and for her recurring role as manicurist Polly Chae on Las Vegas for four seasons. Suzanne also starred as Divina the maid / wannabe actress in the Here TV sitcom From Here on OUT.

Personal life[edit]

Whang was Korean-American. Her parents were born in Seoul, South Korea. She was born in Arlington, Virginia. She held a B.A. in psychology from Yale University and an M.Sc. degree in cognitive psychology from Brown University. As a graduate student, she conducted research with William H. Warren on visually guided action.[1]

Whang completely recovered from stage 4 breast cancer, wrote and performed a solo show about her journey, and was writing a book about her experiences.[2]

On October 19, 2013, Whang married long-time boyfriend Jay Nickerson at The Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew in Manhattan. The two had met decades prior, working together in theater.[3]

Whang died on September 17, 2019, in her Los Angeles home, after a 13-year battle with cancer.[4]


Whang hosted House Hunters from 1999 to 2007 on Home and Garden Television and had a recurring role as Polly the spa manager on NBC's drama Las Vegas. She made her television debut as a "Road Warrior" (remote correspondent) on the FX network's two-hour morning show Breakfast Time in the 1990s, and later co-hosted the network's Pet Department.

In 2002, Whang won the Best Up & Coming Comedian Award at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, for her controversial alter ego character, Sung Hee Park.

Whang won the first annual Andy Kaufman Award at the 2004 New York Comedy Festival.

She made a guest appearance on Criminal Minds in the episode "Poison" in a brief cameo as a local TV reporter.

Since January 2011, Whang had portrayed Carol Cheng, Brenda Barrett's wedding planner and rumored to have been involved with Franco, on the TV series General Hospital.

In November 2011 Whang joined the cast of Don't Tell My Mother, a monthly storytelling event in which celebrities share true stories they'd never want their mothers to know.[5]



  1. ^ Warren, William H.; Whang, Suzanne (1987). "Visual guidance of walking through apertures: Body-scaled information for affordances". Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. 13 (3): 371–383. doi:10.1037/0096-1523.13.3.371. ISSN 1939-1277.
  2. ^ "Suzanne Whang (1962-2019)". Retrieved Sep 20, 2019.
  3. ^ Julien, J. Gordon (Oct 25, 2013). "For Better and for Worse, Long Before the Wedding". Retrieved Sep 20, 2019 – via
  4. ^ "Television Host, Comedian Suzanne Whang Dies From Cancer At Age 56". September 20, 2019. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
  5. ^ "So We Went to a Storytelling Event".[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "A Matter of Degrees (1990) - IMDb". Retrieved Sep 20, 2019 – via
  7. ^ "New Attitudes". Retrieved Sep 20, 2019.
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  9. ^ "Date or Disaster (2003) - IMDb". Retrieved Sep 20, 2019 – via
  10. ^ "Edison (2005) - IMDb". Retrieved Sep 20, 2019 – via
  11. ^ "Now That's Funny (Video 2005) - IMDb". Retrieved Sep 20, 2019 – via
  12. ^ "Fresh News (Video 2005) - IMDb". Retrieved Sep 20, 2019 – via
  13. ^ "Un-Broke: What You Need to Know About Money (TV Movie 2009) - IMDb". Retrieved Sep 20, 2019 – via
  14. ^ "Twice as Dead (2009) - IMDb". Retrieved Sep 20, 2019 – via

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