‘Young and the Restless’ : Beloved Y&R Veteran Elizabeth Sung Dies At 63

Long time fans of The Young and the Restless will be sad to learn of the passing of Elizabeth Sung. She passed away on Tuesday at the young age of 63. Elizabeth was a talented force in Hollywood from television to the box office her talent was limitless.

Luan Volien Abbott

Elizabeth was probably best known by soap fans for her role on The  Young And The Restless as Luan Volien Abbott. Luan first met  Jack Abbott(Peter Bergman) when he was serving in Vietnam in 1974 they had an affair and Keemo was the lovechild of that affair. Jack went back to the states never knowing of his son. They finally found each other again Jack found out about his son and they were married.

 Luan also had a daughter named Mai Volien (Marianne Reese). Luan died of a terminal illness that broke Jack’s heart. After Luan’s passing Jack and Keemo were at odds during which Keemo accused his father of stealing precious time away from Keemo and his sister with their mother. Keemo forgave his father and moved back to Vietnam with his sister never to be heard of again.

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Elizabeth Sung’s other roles

Elizabeth had minor roles in other prime-time hit series including Bones. Hawaii Five-O, The Sopranos, Curb Your Enthusiasm, NCIS Los Angeles, and Charmed just to name a few.  She also worked on films such as Memoirs of a Geisha and The Joy Luck Club. Elizabeth was immensely talented and her talents were spread over a variety of genres.

Many current and former stars of The Young and The Restless are tweeting to express their heartfelt condolences to Elizabeth’s family as well as express what she meant to them and their careers. Michelle Stafford who formally played Phyllis Abbott Newman on Y&R and has since moved on to play Nina on GH tweeted :

“I am deeply saddened by the news of Elizabeth Sung’s passing. She was a Rockstar. A lovely and gentle spirit. Godspeed.”

For the stars who worked with her on The Young and The Restless, it is a very sad day. Elizabeth will surely be a missed presence in their world even though she is no longer on the show. Her influence is sure to be felt all throughout Hollywood and we can surely expect to see more outpouring of love and support as the news spreads.

Soapdirt’s heartfelt condolences go out to Ms.Sung’s family and friends.


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