[Talk of the town]KOREAN ‘BARBIE DOLL’ TO TAKE HER VOWS

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[Talk of the town]KOREAN ‘BARBIE DOLL’ TO TAKE HER VOWS

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Television actress Han Chae-young is planning to get married in May to a financial professional working in a Korean investment company, according to her management agency, Star J Entertainment.
Known as the “Barbie Doll of Korea” for her glamorous figure, the 26-year-old actress has been spotted enjoying a recent vacation with her fiance in the United States.
“Ms. Han and Mr. Choi Dong-jun met in 1998 when she had just debuted and they have been close friends for eight years,” the agency said in a release. “But it has been six months since they discussed marriage and engaged in a serious relationship. They are planning to hold the wedding in May or June when her movie is done.”
Mr. Choi, 30, the son of a wealthy family in Seoul and a graduate of UC Berkley, currently runs a business of his own aside from his post as a financial professional at an investment firm.
“He is a sweet man, sincere and reliable,” Han also said in the release. “I watched him for years and I came to believe I could spend a lifetime with him.”

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ACTRESS KIM YUN-JIN A ‘WORLD CLASS BEAUTY’

Korean actress Kim Yun-jin has been named as one of MSN’s 23 “World Class Beauties.”
In an article entitled, “Hollywood is alive with cultural diversity, and these mega-talented stars have us in a trance,” the writer Kati Johnston described Kim as a doe-eyed actress with depth, an accomplished dancer and martial-arts practitioner.
“Kim first became well-known to American audiences for her role as Sun on “Lost,” but she was already a huge star in her native Korea, where her nickname is ‘Woman Warrior,’ based on several spy-caper films she’s starred in,” the article said.
Other beauties included on the list were Jessica Alba, Jennifer Lopez, Salma Hayek, Halle Berry, Thandie Newton and Penelope Cruz. Among Asian stars, actresses Lucy Liu, Ziyi Zhang, Michelle Yeoh and Gong Li have been named.
Kim has previously appeared on Barbara Walter’s talk show “The View” and demands to interview her are increasing in the United States, according to her agency.
Kim immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of 10. Kim earned her diploma at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. From there, she studied drama at the London Academy of Performing Arts and later earned her acting degree at Boston University.


By Lee Min-a Staff Writer [mina@joongang.co.kr]

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