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Pat Suzuki is a veteran stage actress and popular singer. She is best known for her leading role in the Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song, and in 1960, her album Broadway '59 was nominated for a Grammy Award. Suzuki was a popular torch singer at The Colony in Seattle when Bing Crosby attended one of her shows, in 1957, and steered her toward a recording contract with RCA Victor. Suzuki was in high demand and began appearing on television, including The Frank Sinatra Show. Years later, she had a role alongside Pat Morita on the program Mr. T and Tina, the first show to star an Asian-American family.
Suzuki was born in 1930 and raised in Cressey, California, where her family owned a farm. When she was 12, Suzuki and her family were interned at the Amache prison camp in Colorado. Once freed, her family returned to Cressey and Suzuki eventually attended San Jose State University. She decamped for New York City in the late 1950s, where she has lived and worked ever since.