Hiep Thi Le who starred in Oliver Stone’s Heaven & Earth has died of cancer aged 46.
The Vietnamese actress died due to complications from stomach cancer, reported Variety on Tuesday.
Hiep Thi Le is survived by her husband, and two children, as well as six siblings and her parents, who now live in Los Angeles.
Hiep Thi Le starred in Oliver Stone’s third film in his iconic Vietnam war trilogy.
The Vietnamese-born star was handpicked by the American writer and filmmaker himself to play opposite Tommy Lee Jones in 1993’s Heaven & Earth.
The film follows the story of a woman living during the war, who marries an American Gunnery Sergeant and moves back to the US with him.
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Hiep Ti Le plays the lead role of Le Ly in the harrowing biographical war drama with Tommy Lee Jones playing Steve Butler, the Gunnery Sergeant.
The film was based on the books When Heaven and Earth Changed Places and Child of War, Woman of Peace.
Both pieces of literature were authored by Le Ly Hayslip who detailed her experiences during and after the Vietnam War in them.
Hiep Thi Le also had roles in the films Cruel Intentions and Green Dragon.
The actress wrote a memoir, ‘Daughter of the Sea: My Voyage to Freedom and Womanhood’ which has not yet been published.