Hiep Thi Le, a real-life refugee from Vietnam who gained reward for her debut function in Oliver Stone’s 1994 Vietnam Struggle drama “Heaven & Earth,” has died at 46.
The actress, who in later life grew to become a profitable chef and restaurateur, died Tuesday of issues from abdomen most cancers, in accordance with Deadline.com.
Le was a small woman when she fled along with her sister within the “boat folks” migration of 1979.
Her household ultimately reunited and relocated to Oakland, Calif.
When she was a pupil at College of California at Davis, Le auditioned for Stone’s “Heaven & Earth” to play real-life writer Le Ly Hayslip.
She additionally appeared in each the 1999 film “Merciless Intentions” and its 2016 tv model.