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Lauren Tom Biography

Updated On 19 Nov, 2017 Published On 19 Nov, 2017
Lauren Tom

Facts of Lauren Tom

Date of Birth :
Age : 62 years old
Family Name : Tom
Birth Country : United States
Birth Sign : Leo
Height : 5 Feet 1 Inch

Relationship short Statistics of Lauren Tom

What is Lauren Tom marital status ? ( married,single, in relation or divorce): Married
How many children does Lauren Tom have ? (name): 1 Children
Is Lauren Tom having any relationship affair ?: No
Is Lauren Tom Lesbian ? No

An Obie Award-winning actress, Lauren Tom is best known for his roles in the movies and series including NBC’s Friends, The Joy Luck Club, Dot, and others. She debuted in the acting industry from the early age of 17 via Broadway shows. The gorgeous actress married twice and has a child with her second husband.

Early Life 

Lauren Tom was born 4th August 1961 in Highland Park, Illinois to Nancy and Chan Tom (who worked in the frozen food business). She also has a brother, Chip. Tom is American belongs to Chinese heritage. 


Tom began acting from the early age of 17 after appearing in the Broadway production shows for more than a year. She even won an Obie Award for her Off-Broadway acting after being cast on the shows including Hurlyburly and Doonesbury. She then started working in the Godman Theater’s production of Tis Pity She’s a Whore starring Charlotte Rampling, Fabio Testi, Oliver Tobias, Angela Luce, Rik Battaglia and so on.

Moreover, Tom made TV debut from the series The Facts of Life alongside Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Nancy McKeon, Charlotte Rae, Mindy Cohn, George Clooney, Cloris Leachman and much more.

Tom played many small roles in movies, and series including Nothing Lasts Forever, Hear No Evil, Homicide: Life on the Street, See No Evil, Grace Under Fire, The Nanny, The Middle and so on. In addition, she appeared as a lead in The Joy Luck Club in 1993 starring Ming-Na Wen, Tamlyn Tomita, Tsai Chin, Rosalind Chao, Kieu Chinh and others.

She also played a recurring role on the NBC series, Friends which was really praised. She shared the screen with other casts including Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, Bruce Willis and so on.

Tom voiced an animated series of Superman: The Animated Serie4 along with Tim Daly, Dana Delany, Clancy Brown, David Kaufman, George Dzundza and so on. In addition, she gave voice to many other animated movies like Kim Possible: The Secret Files, Kim Possible Movie: So The Drama, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker and much more.

Personal Life

Lauren Tom is a married Curt Kaplan, her husband since 17th October 1999. The couple met for the first time in the late 90s when they were struggling to make a career in acting. A years after their marriage, the couple welcomed their only son named, Oliver Kaplan.

Before marrying Kaplan, she married Glenn Lau-Kee on 23rd October 1982. But they divorced in 1992 citing irreconcilable differences.

Net Worth

Till today Lauren Tom appeared in numbers of movies and series from which she might earn an amount not less than $1 million. Apart from the films, she also gave her voice to many other animated movies which earned a decent amount at the box office. In addition, she is also a writer and has published personal essays in various magazines including Brain, Child Magazine, East West Woman and others.

Some of her movies that earned much at the box office include Bad Santa ($76.5 million), Blue Steel ($8.2 million), Wall Street ($43.8 million) When a Man Loves a Woman ($50 million) and much more. 


Lauren Tom Married

First Marriage with Glenn Lau-Kee

On 23rd October 1982, Lauren Tom married her first husband, Glenn Lau-Kee but divorced in 1992 citing irreconcilable differences.

Second Marriage with Curt Kaplan

Lauren Tom married for the second time with Curt Kaplan on 17th October 1999 and are still together with no such buzz about their divorce and extramarital affairs.

Lauren Tom Children

SON : Oliver Kaplan

Father: Curt Kaplan

Lauren Tom and Oliver Kaplan after years of marriage welcomed their only child on August 26, 2003. He is now 14 years old and is close to his parents.

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