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Lotus Long

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Lotus Long
Lotus Pearl Shibata

(1909-07-18)July 18, 1909
DiedSeptember 14, 1990(1990-09-14) (aged 81)
Other namesKaren Sorrell
  • Actor
  • Writer
  • Producer
Years active1929–1956
James Knott
(m. 1933; died 1989)

Lotus Long (born Lotus Pearl Shibata, July 18, 1909 – September 14, 1990) was an American actress.

Early life

Long was born in New Jersey to a father of Japanese ancestry and a mother of Hawaiian ancestry. She came to Southern California during the 1920s to act in Hollywood films and usually portrayed ethnic Asian female characters in supporting roles. She used the name Lotus Long for stage and film. Because of her adopted surname, people generally assumed that she was of Chinese ancestry, something she used later to avoid incarceration in American internment camps with other persons of Japanese ancestry, both legal permanent residents and American citizens, during World War II.


She appeared in the MGM docudrama Eskimo (1933) as wife of the main character and under the stage name Lotus Long in the 1934 movie The Mysterious Mr. Wong and 1939's Mr. Wong in Chinatown.[1] She also starred alongside Keye Luke in Phantom of Chinatown as Win Len, Dr. Benton's secretary.

She also was credited under the name Karen Sorrell in the movies Flight into Nowhere (1938), starring Jack Holt and Mysterious Mr. Moto (1938), starring Peter Lorre. She was uncredited in the movie The Real Glory (1939), starring Gary Cooper and David Niven.[2]

One of her more infamous roles was Tokyo Rose in Lew Landers' movie Tokyo Rose (1946), which starred Keye Luke, Edwin Luke, Richard Loo, Byron Barr, and Osa Massen.[3]

Long had a writing and producing credit for the film The Tahitian (1956)[4] made with her husband James Knott. The Tahitian was filmed on location with a largely native cast.[5]


In Timothy Tau's short film bio-pic Keye Luke, Lotus Long is portrayed by Mei Melancon.[6]


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 15, 2011. Retrieved January 14, 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Movies".
  4. ^ "SOVA: Smithsonian Online Virtual Archives". siris-archives.si.edu. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  5. ^ Hal Erickson (2012). "Movie Reviews". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on October 26, 2012.
  6. ^ Moy, Ed (April 8, 2012). "Writer's Journey: Q&A with 'Keye Luke' Director Timothy Tau". Retrieved September 20, 2018.
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