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Born in Marysville, California, USA
Died in New York City, New York, USA  (natural causes)
Nicknames Moon Goddess
Hollywood Dragon Lady

Mini Bio (1)

Jadin Wong was born on May 24, 1913 in Marysville, California, USA. She is known for her work on Year of the Dragon (1985), Little Fockers (2010) and Skin Art (1993). She was married to Edward Dowling. She died on March 30, 2010 in New York City, New York, USA.

Spouse (1)

Edward Dowling (? - ?)

Trivia (6)

Former professional dancer. Was on the cover of Life magazine. Also the number one Talent manager for Asian performers in New York City for over 40 years.
Discovered in Hollywood when a compassionate producer noticed that she was so starving poor she was only wearing her torn tap dance shoes, walking down Sunset Boulevard. He subsequently brought her home where his wife cooked them all dinner.
Fainted while dancing in a Conservatory in Los Angeles because she had been starving, saving up money for dance classes. The dance teacher told her to take care of her body, which to a dancer was like a racetrack driver's car, which needed gasoline, and thus her body, food. Too shy to reveal her poverty, and her teacher too polite to directly offer, he cooked the class soup everyday instead.
Performance career started at age 6 when she won a contest and was rewarded with a cash prize. Her worried mother asked her where the money came from and told her to return it, only to find the director who told her daughter to keep it because she had earned every cent of it.
Survived a parachute fall from an exploding helicopter in the middle of war in Germany while performing to boost the morale for American soldiers. Before obeying the GI's order to jump, she asked for her make-up kit. When told, 'Miss Wong, there's no time for that', she explained that there will be reporters taking photographs of her once she reached the ground. She got her make-up, she jumped and fell and she was right. Jadin survived, though very badly scratched and bruised to be honored by the U.S. House of Congress for clocking in endless hours performing for U.S. soldiers in deadly warzones.
Recently spotted in Lincoln Center, New York for The Concert of Excellence. [December 2003]

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