- For the porn star of the same name, see China Lee (porn star).
|Born:||September 2, 1942|
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
|Height:||5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)|
|Weight:||112 lb (51 kg)|
|Playboy Playmate:||August 1964|
China Lee, (born September 2, 1942) is an American model and actress. She was Playboy's Playmate of the Month for the August 1964 issue, and the first Asian-American Playmate. Her centerfold was photographed by Pompeo Posar. According to her Playmate profile, her name is pronounced "chee-na" to rhyme with "Tina".
Lee was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Chinese parents who had emigrated to the United States after their marriage. The family owned a laundry. She is the youngest of eight children and the younger sister of Harry Lee, who served as the sheriff of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans, for about 28 years. The name "China" is derived from the nickname "Chinita" ("little Chinese girl") bestowed on her by Spanish-speaking neighbors who admired her dancing as a child.
Lee worked as a hairstylist and waitress and Playboy Club Bunny before her Playboy appearance. She was a "Training Bunny," which required her to travel to different Playboy Clubs to teach prospective Bunnies the ropes.
She appeared in the end of the Woody Allen movie What's Up, Tiger Lily? doing a striptease.
Her last television appearance was in an interview done by former WCBS-TV reporter Lisa Rudolph in the early 1990s. It included her ex-husband Mort and her toddler son Mort Sahl Jr. and the topic was about parenting. China said, "It is very difficult to be a parent, it requires lots of responsibility."
Her last video appearance was in a DVD video from Playboy titled, Playboy: 50 Years of Playmates (2004).
She married Mort Sahl, the Montreal-born comedian, in 1967. They divorced in 1991. Their only child, Mort Sahl, Jr. died on March 27, 1996 at the age of 19.
- Medium Cool (1969)
- Don't Make Waves (1967)
- Good Times (1967)
- The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (1967)
- The Swinger (1966) .... Model #11
- What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966)
- Harper (1966).... Dancer
- Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965)
- The Troublemaker (1964)
Big tit movies / pictures of China Lee
- Playboy Cyber Club China Lee (Playboy Playmate and Cyber Girl pictures & movies)
- Mr Skin China Lee (celebrity movies and pictures)
- Playmate data. Retrieved on 2 February 2011.
- Feng, Rex (12 November 2007). Showdown With The ‘Chinese Cowboy’: Wrangling with the legacy of late Louisiana Sheriff Harry Lee. AsianWeek. Retrieved on 1 May 2011.
- Army Archerd (June 21, 1996). Copperfield Act Could Blow Away Auds. Variety. Retrieved on 2006-11-09. “Mort Sahl, "picking up the pieces" since the March 27 death of his son, Mort Jr., returns to the stage, with a four-week stand at the Tiffany, starting July 17.”
|Playboy Playmates of 1964|
|Sharon Rogers||Nancy Jo Hooper||Nancy Scott||Ashlyn Martin||Terri Kimball||Lori Winston|
|Melba Ogle||China Lee||Astrid Schulz||Rosemarie Hillcrest||Kai Brendlinger||Jo Collins|
|1961 · 1962 · 1963 · 1964 · 1965 · 1966 · 1967|