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Lotus Long

Personal information
Birth nameLotus Pearl Shibata
Birth dateJuly 18, 1909
Place of birthNew Jersey, U.S.A.
Date of deathSeptember 14, 1990(age 81)
Death placeOrange County, California
OccupationActor, Writer, Producer
SpouseJames Knott

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Born Lotus Pearl Shibata in New Jersey, Lotus Long was an American actor born to a father of Japanese ancestry and a mother of Hawai'ian ancestry. She came to Southern California during the 1920s to act in Hollywood films, and usually portrayed ethnic Asian female characters in supporting roles. She used the name "Lotus Long" for stage and film. Because of her adopted surname, people generally assumed that she was of Chinese ancestry something she later relied on to avoid mass incarceration in American concentration camps with other persons of Japanese ancestry, both legal permanent residents and American citizens, during World War II.

She was also credited under the name "Karen Sorrell" in the 1938 films Flight to Nowhere starring (Jack Holt), Mysterious Mr. Moto starring (Peter Lorre), as Moonflower, Wong's niece. She was uncredited as a "native girl" in the 1939 film The Real Glory starring (Gary Cooper and David Niven). In 1939, she was credited again as Lotus Long in Mr. Wong in Chinatown as the murder victim, Princess Lin Hwa.

One of the more infamous roles would be as Tokyo Rose in 1945. She portrays an American educated Japanese woman broadcasting propaganda to the American troops.

Lotus Long had one writing and producing credit for the 1956 film, The Tahitian, made with her husband, James Knott. It was filmed on location with a largely native cast.

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