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Lori Tan Chinn Biography

Updated On 08 Nov, 2022 Published On 07 Nov, 2022
Lori Tan Chinn

Facts of Lori Tan Chinn

Date of Birth :
Age : 74 years old
Family Name : Tan
Birth Country : United States
Birth Sign : Cancer

Relationship short Statistics of Lori Tan Chinn

What is Lori Tan Chinn marital status ? ( married,single, in relation or divorce): Single
How many children does Lori Tan Chinn have ? (name): 0 Children
Is Lori Tan Chinn having any relationship affair ?: No
Is Lori Tan Chinn Lesbian ? Don't Know

Lori Tan Chinn is an American actress best known for starring as a grandmother in a Central comedy sitcom, Awkwafina is  Nora From Queens. She won the casting director's attention while shooting Broadway in Lovely Ladies in the 1970s since she became a big name in the entertainment industry.

What's the Relationship Status of Lori Tan Chinn?

Although Lori Tan Chinn had an on-screen kiss with Al Pacino, she is happy with her independent life. Probably, she likes to spend her time alone. Lori is a single woman and has never been married before.

Lori Tan Chinn in 'M. Butterfly' in 1988. SOURCE: Instagram(@maredal61)

What may be the reason behind this? The lady is still not ready to start a family and settle down. Lori might have dated several men till now. It is quite surprising that Lori, as beautiful and talented as her, is single and not in a relationship.

Even though Lori has a busy work schedule, she somehow manages time for her family. Her relationship status is always a concern for all audiences. Since there is Lori's absence on social media, there is no clue about her love life.

Is Lori Tan Chinn Related to Awkwafina?

Lori Tan Chinn had the joy of improvising with Awkwafina as a grandmother in a Central comedy sitcom, Awkwafina is  Nora From Queens, which premiered in 2020. Her portrayal on Netflix drew her plenty of praise from fans.

Lori Tan Chinn is known for Awkwafina is  Nora From Queens. SOURCE: Instagram(@awkwaupdates)

The show pushes Asian representation, which previously emerged throughout Crazy Rich Asians. Lori played a doting, mischievous, foul-mouthed grandmom in a formidable ensemble featuring BD Wong and Bowen Yang.

To add, Awkwafina discussed with New York Times that Lori was her dream cast for the character. During an interview, Chinn told of living in an apartment with unworthy conditions. 

Further, Lori shared the screen alongside Hugh Grant, and Diane Keaton in Orange is the New Black. Long before, Chinn was performing across Seattle, where martial arts introduced her dance performance. After she noticed that her creative achievement was held back in the Northwest. 

Lori Tan Chinn - Net Worth

Lori Tan Chinn holds an estimated networth of $500,000 from her career as an actor. She bagged thousands of dollars for signing TV shows and movies. Chinn was a significant part of the 2000 Law & Order. She has starred in the sequel of Law & Order: Trail by Jury.

Check out the video of Lori Tan Chinn on Gotta Dance.

Most of the roles Lori Tan Chinn played were immigrants. In the 1970s, Lori played the role of Miss Higa Jiga on Broadway in Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen, a musical. The story is about an American army officer who goes to a Japanese village after WW2 to Americanize its inhabitants.

Also, Chinn worked with numerous Asian theatrical groups like the Asian-American Repertory Theater and La MaMa Chinatown. She got a big break in the middle of the 1970s and joined the Prestigious Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center.

 Before that, she moved to New York City and landed in several Broadway production. She came alone to New York, examining magazines for auditions in both theatre and dance. As per Tan Chinn, she doesn't have grand visions of being a film star and wants to pay off her debt.

Lori Tan Chinn's Early Life

Despite the lack of approval from her mom and a pastor, Chinn collected enough money after high school to take several buses and the Canadian Pacific Railway to reach NY in 1969.

Actress Lori Tan Chinn with her co-actors. SOURCE: Instagram(@maredal61)

Sadly, three months later, Lori's mother died in a car accident in  Seattle. Moving to NY city wasn't easy, as Lori had challenges from whitewashing to struggling to find a steady job to being forced to compete for the non-white role in productions.  

The casting directors often used to show her photos of gorgeous blondes, and soon she took on many minor roles and found acceptance within the theatre communities of different colors.

Quick Facts - Lori Tan Chinn

  • Lori Tan Chinn grew up in Seattle in the 1950s and 60s.
  • She's the daughter of Hoisan Chinese immigrants parents.
  • She is a second-generation Chinese/Vietnamese American.
  • As a teenager, Chinn worked in her dad's restaurant before, the Chung Sun Cafe in the Ballard neighborhood.
  • From 2013 to 2019, she starred as Mei Chang in Orange is the New Black.
  • She acted in the films like Year of the Fish, Mickey Blue Eyes, and Living in Oblivion.
  • She received Helen Hayes for Outstanding supporting actress.

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