born 1945 Hanoi
Vietnamese American singer
From Wikipedia –
1967-1974: Diva of Saigon
“During a trip to Saigon in 1967, she ran into composer Trịnh Công Sơn on the busy streets of Lê Thánh Tôn. After several serenades and coffee at a small shop called Quán Văn, the legacy of Khánh Ly and Trịnh Công Sơn had begun …
“Together, Khánh Ly and Trịnh Công Sơn took the Vietnamese music world by storm. Their phenomenal fame gave her the chance to be the first Vietnamese woman to headline her own show. During the late 1960s to early 1970s, she also collaborated with multiple production companies and played a large part on the recorded tracks from famous videos such as the Phạm Mạnh Cương Program, Trường Sơn Centre, Sơn Ca Productions, Hoạ Mi, Jo Marcel Productions, etc.
“Up until her emigration in 1975, Khánh Ly achieved unproportional fame around the world. She opened Club Khánh Ly on Tự Do Street in Saigon along with a small shop named Hội Quán Cây Tre, a gathering place for musicians and students alike.
“In addition, she was sponsored by the Vietnamese government to hold performances in Europe in order to promote the worldwide collaboration of the rising generation of Vietnamese students ("Nối Vòng Tay Lớn").
“She also performed in the United States, Canada, and Japan at Osaka Fair in response to the invitation from Nippon Columbia Label … songs [that] became top hits in Japan and remained so for several decades. Khánh Ly was the first Vietnamese singer to achieve international fame.”
She lives in Cerritos, CA, which is not far from Knott's Berry Farm and Disneyland, with her husband, a former journalist, and is a devout Catholic.