Chosen by Goldsea Asian American Daily as one of the "100 Most Inspiring Asian Americans of All Time".
Classically trained ballet dancer, educated in Great Britian.
Has a brother named Ka Keung.
Her father, Kwan Wing Hong, was an architect of Chinese origin, and her mother, Marquita Scott, was a model of Scottish descent. Her parents divorced when she was two years old. Her father worked for British intelligence during World War II.
In a 1993 interview, she revealed she turned down a role in The Joy Luck Club (1993) due to a disagreement over the script.
Kwan's son passed away, and she has written a book, "A Celebration of Life, Memories of My Son."
Mother of Bernie Pock
Politically active as the spokeswoman for the Asian American Voters Coalition.
Won the 1961 Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer - Female, which she shared with Ina Balin and Hayley Mills.