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Youn Yuh-jung

Youn Yuh-jung
Yoon Yeo-Jung.jpg
Born (1947-06-19) June 19, 1947 (age 68)
Gaesong-bu, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
Other names Yoon Yeo-jeong
Occupation Actress
Years active 1966–present
Spouse(s) Jo Young-nam (1975-1987; divorced)
Korean name
Hangul 윤여정
Hanja
Revised Romanization Yun Yeo-jeong
McCune–Reischauer Yun Yǒ-chǒng

Youn Yuh-jung (born June 19, 1947) is a South Korean actress. In a film and television career spanning nearly 40 years, Youn is best known for starring in Kim Ki-young's Woman of Fire (1971) and Im Sang-soo's The Housemaid (2010).


Youn Yuh-jung was a freshman at Hanyang University majoring in Korean Language and Literature, when she passed the open auditions held by TBC in 1966. She dropped out of college, and made her acting debut in the television drama Mister Gong in 1967.[1] Youn shot to stardom in 1971 with two memorable portrayals of femme fatales. Her first film, Kim Ki-young's Woman of Fire became a critical and commercial hit, for which she won Best Actress at the Sitges Film Festival. This was followed by the MBC period drama series Jang Hui-bin where she played the titular infamous royal concubine. Kim was considered Korea's first style-conscious, experimental director, and Youn didn't balk in playing risque, provocative characters that explore the grotesque in the female psyche in further collaborations with him such as The Insect Woman (1972) and Be a Wicked Woman (1990).[2] Audiences found Youn's fast way of speaking and atypical appearance refreshing and she frequently took roles in TV dramas depicting a modern woman of the new generation, notably in Stepmother (1972) written by Kim Soo-hyun.


At the peak of her career, Youn retired after she married singer Jo Young-nam in 1975, then immigrated to the United States. In 1984, she returned to Korea and permanently resumed her acting career. She and Jo divorced in 1987.[3]


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