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Beulah Quo


Emmy-nominated Asian-American film and TV character actress Beulah Quo, who appeared in the films “Chinatown,” “MacArthur” and “Brokedown Palace,” died Oct. 23 of heart failure in La Mesa, Calif. She was 79.

Quo helped found the East West Players, one of the nation’s first Asian American repertory groups in 1965, and she served as board president for eight years.

She received her Emmy nom in 1978 for her performance as Tzu-hsi, dowager empress of China, in an episode of Steve Allen’s “Meeting of Minds” series, in which characters from various points in history interact with each other.

Thesp played an empress in the 1982 NBC miniseries “Marco Polo” and a Vietnamese orphanage director in the 1980 CBS TV movie “The Children of An Lac.”

The Stockton native was serving as an Asian dialect coach for the 1955 film “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing” when she was hired to play a small role. When her film career took off, she changed her name from Kwoh to Quo.

She had uncredited roles in the films “Flower Drum Song” and “Two Weeks in Another Town” and played Madam Yung in the 1962 Elvis Presley comedy “Girls! Girls! Girls!”

Quo joined ABC’s soap opera “General Hospital” in 1985 and played Olin, a wisecracking housekeeper and confidant, on the program for six years.

She is survived by her husband, Edwin Kwoh; a son and daughter; and five grandchildren.

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