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Lauren Tom Biography

Birth Place:
Highland Park, Illinois, United States
Actor, voiceovers

Fast Facts

  • Channeled adolescent teasing over her ethnicity into a successful tryout for A Chorus Line, jump-starting her early career in theater
  • Caught her Hollywood break after an ad-libbed role in Cadillac Man led to a Tonight Show appearance that caught the eye of Cheech Marin, who cast her in a pilot
  • Credits her dog's nervous behavior for her timely purchase of earthquake insurance two days before the 1994 California quake
  • Discovered she grew up in the same Illinois town as one of her late '90s neighbors, Curt, whom she married soon thereafter
  • Portrayed her grandmother and other relatives from her Chinese-American childhood in a one-woman comedy, 25 Psychics
  • Collaborated with her mother to publish The Bubble Gum Machine, a children's book focusing on lessons of diversity


  • Chip Tom -- Brother
  • Glenn Lau-Kee -- Ex-husband
  • Chan Tom Jr. -- Father
  • Nancy Dare -- Mother
  • Oliver Kaplan -- Son