Hiep Thi Le
Summary: Vietnamese-American actress who escaped from Vietnam on a fishing boat when she was about 9 years old and a dozen years later became an unlikely movie star when she was cast as the central figure in Oliver Stone's 1993 film Heaven & Earth after Stone had already examined Vietnam and its aftermath in his films Platoon (1986) and Born on the Fourth of July (1989) when he took up the true story of Le Ly Hayslip, a Vietnamese woman who in two memoirs recounted her harrowing story of life in central Vietnam and later in the U.S., who was a student at the University of California at Davis studying physiology and had no acting experience at the time when Stone held open auditions for the part of Le Ly and drawing thousands of hopefuls, who later appeared in about a dozen other movies including Cruel Intentions (1999), Green Dragon (2001), and Return to Pontianak, which was directed by her husband, writer and director Djinn.
Cause of Death: Stomach cancer
Born: February 18, 1971
Died: December 19, 2017
Location: Los Angeles, California