Thuy Thu Le
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|Thuy Thu Le|
August 23, 1966 |
Saigon, South Vietnam
|Spouse(s)||Phan Quang Binh|
Thuy Thu Le (born 23 August 1966) is a retired American actress.
Thuy Thu Le was born in Saigon, South Vietnam. She was raised and educated in the United States, after her parents left Saigon during the Vietnam War. Le was only an infant at the time. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. She is bilingual as she speaks fluent Vietnamese and English.
Le is best known for her only-ever role in the 1989 Brian De Palma film Casualties of War, starring Michael J. Fox and Sean Penn. She played a South Vietnamese peasant girl named Tran Thi Oanh (based on actual victim Phan Thi Mao), who lived in a remote village in South Vietnam. She was kidnapped, raped and murdered by a group of soldiers. Le played a dual role in the film, with a short portrayal as an Asian student that Fox's character meets years later aboard a transit line in San Francisco, California.
Despite her critically acclaimed performance in Casualties of War, Le chose to retire from acting. As of 2005[update], she was working as a schoolteacher in California. She is married and has three children.