Jeanette Lee – a Korean American who grew up in Brooklyn, NY – has long been one of the world’s top-ranking billiards players.
Known as “The Black Widow” for her ability to overwhelm and devour her opponents, Lee’s road to the top of her sport was not an easy one. At age 13 she was diagnosed with scoliosis and had a steel rod implanted in her spine. For the next 20 years, she would undergo nine more surgeries to strengthen her back.
Despite undertaking surgeries well into 2005, Lee was already earning national titles in the mid-1990s (including the WPBA National title in 1994) and became a mainstay in the international billiards scene by the early 2000s. The 2001 World Games Gold Medalist, 2003 Tournament of Champions Winner, 2004 WPBA Florida Classic Hard Rock Casino Winner, 2004 International Trick Shot Champion, 2007 Skins Billiard Champion, 2008 and 2009 Empress Cup Champion, Lee was previously ranked #1 in the world in her sport. Her achievements have garnered inductions to the BCA Hall of Fame and WPBA Hall of Fame and numerous recognitions – including Player of the Year – by Billiards Digest and Pool & Billiards Magazine.
Grace Park was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. Of Korean heritage, Park is a dual citizen of the United States and Canada and known for her work as an actress throughout North America.
Park, who grew up in Kerrisdale, received a degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia. After graduation, Park turned her attention to film and television and, in 2000, she was almost immediately cast in a role in the Jet Li film “Romeo Must Die.” She took on a guest spot in “Secret Agent Man” before quickly landing a role in the teen drama “Edgemont” the same year.
Park’s role in “Edgemont” gave her a consistent presence throughout the show’s five seasons on CBC, spurring on guest star roles in “Dark Angel,” “Stargate SG-1,” and “Jake 2.0,” as well as work on the Canadian show “The Immortal.”
In 2003, Park’s career was catapulted forward when she was cast on the Sci Fi Channel’s “Battlestar Galactica.” In “Battlestar Galactica,” Park played two leading roles. Her performance in the season one cliffhanger earned her a place in TV Guide’s “100 Most Memorable Moments in TV History.” The series received critical acclaim and a Peabody Award in 2006, as well as a nomination for Park as Outstanding Supporting Actress in Television at the AZN Asian Excellence Awards.
A native of Washington State and graduate of Yale University and Boston University Law School, Gary Locke rose through the political ranks to become King County’s first Asian American Executive in 1994.