Aug. 4th, 1961
Chicago, Illinois, USA
5' 1 1/2"
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Lauren Tom is an Obie Award-winning actress, known for her roles as a dutiful daughter in the film The Joy Luck Club, and a recurring role as Ross's girlfriend on NBC's Friends.
Lauren plays the role of Mai on the new ABC series Men In Trees. She recently appeared in a recurring role on the Showtime series Barbershop, and in the film In Good Company with Scarlett Johannson and Dennis Quaid.
She has also appeared in the films, Bad Santa, When A Man Loves a Woman, Mr. Jones, With Friends Like These, Catfish in Black Bean Sauce, and Manhood.
On television, Lauren was a series regular in NBC's DAG as Delta Burke's secretary, Ginger Chin and on ABC's Grace Under Fire with Brett Butler.
On Broadway, she has appeared in A Chorus Line, Hurlyburly and Doonesbury, and has worked with directors such as Peter Sellars and Joanne Akalaitis at the Goodman and Guthrie Theaters, the La Jolla Playhouse and the Kennedy Center.
Her one-woman show, 25 Psychics, an engaging, humorous look at her quest for inner peace premiered at HBO'S U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. The show received Dramalogue Awards for Best Performance and Best Direction.
Lauren's voice work can be heard in the animated series, Futurama, King of the Hill, Codename: Kids Next Door, Teacher's Pet, Rocket Power, Max Steele, Batman, Superman, Kim Possible, Baby Clifford, American Dragon and the recently released animated dvd, Mulan II..
She has also published personal essays in Brain, Child Magazine, East West Woman, Strut, Freshyarn.com, and. is currently writing a book based on these essays.
- Has an older brother named Chan ("Chip").
- Daughter of Nancy and Chan Tom, Jr. (1931-1980).
- Has a son with her husband 'Curt Kaplan' (qv) named Oliver Kaplan.
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