Freda Foh Shen

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Freda Foh Shen
Born (1948-04-25) April 25, 1948 (age 74)
Other namesFreyda Foh Shien, Freda Fo Shen, Frida Foh Shen, Freda Shen
Years active1975–present

Freda Foh Shen (born April 25, 1948) is an American actress. She is best known for the voice of Fa Li in the 1998 Disney animated film Mulan and its 2004 direct-to-video sequel Mulan II , and for playing Anne Lee on 9-1-1 (2019-present).


Early life

Foh Shen was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on April 25, 1948, to Chinese parents.[ citation needed ]


In 1982, Foh Shen played Lady Nijō in Caryl Churchill's play Top Girls at the New York Shakespeare Festival. In 1990, she played Carmen in Jean Genet's play The Balcony at the Hudson Guild Theater in New York City. [1] [2] [3]

In addition to her theater performances, she played the role of Chinese American ceramist Jade Snow Wong in the 1976 PBS historical drama Jade Snow. Since the beginning of the 1980s, Foh Shen has appeared in several television series, including The Cosby Show , Adult Math , Renegade , Party of Five , JAG , 7th Heaven , 24 , Desperate Housewives , Cracker , and Boston Legal . She has also appeared in movies including Crossing Delancey (1988), Basic Instinct (1992), Planet of the Apes (2001), The Ladykillers (2004), and a starring role in 2005's Red Doors . [4]

By 2007, she had already had recurring roles in three television series: as Mrs. Lee on Gideon's Crossing , as Dr. Chao on Everwood , and as Dr. Yolanda Perrin on Close to Home . She is also known for her role as Dr. Noriko Weinstein in the crime drama Silk Stalkings . Most recently, she appeared in a 2018 episode of Magnum P.I. , and landed a recurring role on the 2019 series 9-1-1 . [5]

As a voice actress, Foh Shen has provided the voices of Fa Li in Mulan (1998) and Mulan II (2004), the Chinese food lady in Dude, Where's My Car? (2000), Admiral Alice Liu in the 2002 video game Star Trek: Bridge Commander , and the Narrator in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008). [6] [7]



1983 Without a Trace Reporter
1988 Crossing Delancey Self-Defense Teacher
1989 The Dream Team TV Newscaster
Longtime Companion Nurse with Addict
1990 Funny About Love Nurse
1991 Thousand Pieces of Gold Ah Ling
1992 Basic Instinct Berkeley Registrar
1993 Born Yesterday Maid
1996 The Glimmer Man Polygraph Technician
Daddy's Girl Dr. MarshDirect-to-video
1997The Video
1998 Mulan Fa Li (voice) [8] [9]
1999 American Virgin MargeCredited as Freda Fo Shen
2000 Dude, Where's My Car? Chinese Food Lady (voice)
2001 Planet of the Apes Bon
2002 Coastlines Nurse
2003 A Mighty Wind Melinda Barrows
2004 The Ladykillers Doughnut Woman
HarlequinColleen's Mom (voice)Short film
Mulan II Fa Li (voice)Direct-to-video
2005 Red Doors May-Li Wong
2008 The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Narrator (voice)
2009 Star Trek Kelvin Helmsman
2010The Mikado ProjectMrs. O'Malley
2011 Balls to the Wall Miss Watson
2013 The Lone Ranger Kai
2014 The Possession of Michael King Dr. Cox
2019 Ad Astra Captain Lu
2020 Books of Blood Ellie [10] [11] [12]


1975 Khan! Episode: "Mask of Deceit"
1976Pacific OverturesShogun's WifeTelevision movie
Jade Snow Jade Snow Wong Television documentary
1981 Senior Trip Ticket AgentTelevision movie
1984 ABC Afterschool Special Lynn WatsonEpisode: "The Almost Royal Family"
1987 The Cosby Show Cliff's PatientEpisode: "That's Not What I Said"
1988 The Equalizer LeslieEpisode: "The Last Campaign"
1990 The Baby-Sitters Club Mrs. Rioko KishiEpisode: "Dawn and the Haunted House"
1991 Another World Doctor WinstonEpisode: "#1.6 848"
Credited as Freyda Foh Shen
1992Those SecretsAliceTelevision movie
1992 Renegade Social Worker ShenEpisode: "The Talisman"
Doogie Howser, M.D. RadiologistEpisode: "Will the Real Doogie Howser Please Stand Up"
1993 Silk Stalkings Dr. Noriko Weinstein4 episodes
1994–1996 Party of Five Miss MinorEpisodes: "Homework" and "Spring Breaks: Part 2"
1995 Sisters Dr. Michelle PeckEpisode: "No Pain, No Gain"
New York News JeanEpisode: "Fun City"
Courthouse NurseEpisode: "Injustice for All"
1996 Alien Nation: Millennium Vivian FairbanksTelevision movie
Nowhere Man Nurse WhitefordEpisode: "Forever Jung"
Buddies Miss MaekawaEpisode: "The PSA Story"
Nash Bridges Episode: "'Til Death Do Us Part"
Cracker DCI Janet Lee CheungEpisode: "White Ghost"
1997 Arliss KikomoEpisode: "The World at Your Feet"
1997–2004 JAG Lieutenant Commander Chen / Captain Lynda ChangEpisodes: "Heroes" and "Coming Home"
1997–1999 Chicago Hope Dr. Seaties / Dr. AldmenEpisodes: "Growing Pains" and "Team Play"
1998 The Wonderful World of Disney Mrs. YungEpisode: "Safety Patrol"
The Tiger Woods Story Tida WoodsTelevision movie
1998–1999 ER Audiologist3 episodes
1998–2000 7th Heaven Principal Howard / Ms. Gordan3 episodes
1998 To Have & to Hold Judge Alice SelleckEpisodes: "These Boots Were Made for Stalking" and "Who's Sorry Next?"
1999 L.A. Doctors Nurse Laura ChaseEpisode: "Denial"
Invisible Child Television movie
Rugrats Pam (voice)Episode: "Runaway Reptar: Part 1"
Horse Sense ArleneTelevision movie
2000 Miracle in Lane 2 Dr. KwanTelevision movie
Strong Medicine Mrs. SimmonsEpisode: "Do No Harm"
2000–2001 Gideon's Crossing Mrs. Lee7 episodes
2000 Family Law Episode: "Telling Lies"
2001 The Division Yumiko AkidaEpisode: "Mother's and Daughters"
Port Charles Suzanne5 episodes
2002 Roswell Dean HackettEpisode: "Panacea"
The Court Legal Counsel ReedEpisode: "Life Sentence"
The Agency CuratorEpisode: "Moo"
Without a Trace Irene TaftEpisode: "Little Big Man"
24 Doctor2 episodes
For the People Marti KinoEpisode: "Handle with Care"
2003 The Practice Judge Amy OkuboEpisode: "Equal Justice"
2004NTSB: The Crash of Flight 323Savannah CummingsTelevision movie
Century City Judge LevinsonEpisode: "A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Lose"
Jack & Bobby Miriam Chen-PewEpisode: "An Innocent Man"
Desperate Housewives Dr. ChengEpisode: "Guilty"
2005 Everwood Dr. Chao5 episodes
2006 Boston Legal Dr. Ann KumiEpisode: "Smile"
2006–2007 Close to Home Dr. Yolanda Perrin5 episodes
2007 Primal Doubt Detective Maggie ConradTelevision movie
2008 Days of Our Lives Eleanor Thomas2 episodes
2009 The Mentalist Korean Store OwnerEpisode: "Red John's Footsteps"
House CecileEpisode: "Epic Fail"
Grey's Anatomy Missy GrantEpisode: "Invasion"
2010 Private Practice JudgeEpisode: "Pulling the Plug"
The Defenders Judge SatoEpisode: "Nevada v. Carter"
Law & Order: LA Forrester's LawyerEpisode: "Pasadena"
2011–2013 Franklin & Bash Judge Leslie Hong3 episodes
2012–2018 Elementary Mary Watson3 episodes [13]
2013LearningTownWand-A3 episodes
2014 Grimm Lani TomasEpisode: "Mommy Dearest"
2016 Bones FBI AD Courtney SchwartzEpisode: "The Last Shot at a Second Chance"
2017 S.W.A.T. Dean HargroveEpisode: "Radical"
2017–2018 Andi Mack Aunt MeiEpisodes: "Chinese New Year" and "Howling at the Moon Festival"
2018 Designated Survivor President HanEpisode: "Summit"
Magnum P.I. Kitty LaytonEpisode: "The Woman Who Never Died"
How to Get Away with Murder Dr. PhillipsEpisode: "It's Her Kid"
2019 The Fix Judge Sandra SongEpisodes: "The Fugitive" and "Making a Murderer"
2019–present 9-1-1 Anne LeeRecurring cast
2023 The Company You Keep GraceMain role

Video games

2002 Star Trek: Bridge Commander Admiral Alice Liu (voice)

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