An Evening with Nancy Kwan
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Nancy Kwan, Susan Lacy (moderator)
Wed, October 15th, 2014 | 6:30 pm
(Members $18)


From her memorable role in The World of Suzie Wong to her remarkable performance in Flower Drum Song, Nancy Kwan is one of the first actresses of Chinese descent to achieve fame in Western cinema, opening the doors for many actors to follow. In an intimate conversation with acclaimed producer Susan Lacy, Ms. Kwan recounts the defining moments of her memorable career and shares stories of influential friendships with icons such as Bruce Lee and Dean Martin, among others.

Nancy Kwan has been the star of more than 40 films, in a wide variety of roles, from the 1960s to today. She is most well-known for her roles in The World of Suzie Wong and Flower Drum SongSusan Lacy (moderator), the creator and former executive producer of Thirteen/WNET’s award-winning biography series American Masters, is currently working with HBO to create a biographical series for its documentary division.

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The New-York Historical Society will be presenting a screening of Flower Drum Song on Friday, October 17, 7 pm, featuring opening remarks by Judge Denny Chin and David Henry Hwang.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


By phone*: Please contact New-York Historical’s in-house call center at (212) 485-9268. Call center is open 9 am–5 pm daily.
Online*: Click on the orange “Buy Tickets” button at the top of this page.
In person: Advance tickets may be purchased on site at New-York Historical’s Admissions desk during museum hours.

*Service fee of $2.75 applies per online or over-the-phone order. (Fee waived for New-York Historical Society members.) Advance purchase is required to guarantee seating. All sales are final and payments cannot be refunded. No exchanges are permitted. Programs and dates may be subject to change. Management reserves the right to refuse admission to latecomers.


Pre-order your ticket for this public program and for an extra $10 enjoy a glass of wine at Caffè Storico while a priority seat is reserved for you in the auditorium. Select the “package ticket” option online and stop by Caffè Storico prior to the event.

Note: Ticket order must be made at least one day prior to event. Pre-ordered drink must be redeemed before program begins. Priority seats will open to general public ten minutes before program start time. A full bar selection is also available; beverages exceeding $10 will be charged the a la carte menu price difference at time of redemption. Limited availability.

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