Cherylene Lee, a fourth-generation Chinese American, was born and raised in Los Angeles,
California. Like the narrator of her short story "Hollywood and the Pits," she was a child
performer in Hollywood. She appeared in several TV sitcoms, including Bachelor Father,
Dennis the Menace, and My Three Sons. Her stage credits include A Chorus Line,
The King and I, and Flower Drum Song, and she acted in the film version of
Flower Drum Song and in the film Donovan's Reef.
Successful not only in Hollywood but in academic life, Lee earned degrees in paleontology and geology.
In 1983, she began writing fiction, poetry, and plays. Her plays include Arthur and Leila in Women
Playwrights: The Best Plays of 1993, and she is currently working on a children's play about environmental
issues scheduled to tour the Los Angeles public elementary schools in 1997.family's stories and finding out
about the cultural treasures in their homes.