All About Senior Korean Actress Youn Yuh-jung: Profile, Husband, Son, Movies, and TV Shows

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Meet The Legendary Actress, Youn Yuh-jung

Youn Yuh-Jung was born in South Korea, June 19, 1947. She is a reputable actress that has been around in film and television industry for nearly 50 years. Youn is best known for starring in Woman of Fire (화녀) (1971), The Housemaid (하녀)(2010), The Taste of Money (돈의 맛) (2012) and The Bacchus Lady (죽여주는 여자) (2016).

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Youn Yuh-jung’s Profile


Name:  Yoon Yuh Jung (Yun Yeo Jeong) / 윤여정 (尹汝貞)

Profession: Actress

Birthdate: 1947-Jun-19 (age 71)

Birthplace: Gyeonggi Province, South Korea

Blood type: B

Star sign: Gemini

Family: Two sons

Youn Yuh-jung’s Career And Family

  • She majored in Korean Language and Literature at Hanyang University.
  • When she was still a freshman, she passed the open auditions held by TBC in 1966 and dropped out of college, to make her acting debut with the television drama Mister Gong in 1967.
  • Youn rocketed to fame in 1971 with two memorable portrayals of femme fatale. Her first film, which is titled Woman of Fire became a critical and commercial hit, for which she won Best Actress at the Sitges Film Festival.
  • Then she starred in MBC period drama series Jang Hui-bin where she played the titular infamous royal concubine.
  • What makes the audience like Youn’s acting is because she was not afraid to play risque, provocative characters. This shown in The Insect Woman (충녀) (1972) and Be a Wicked Woman (천사여 악녀가 되라) (1990). Audiences found Youn’s fast way of speaking and atypical appearance refreshing and she frequently took roles in TV dramas depicting a modern woman of the new generation, notably in Stepmother (새엄마) (1972).
  • At the peak of her career, Youn retired after she married singer Jo Young-nam in 1975, then immigrated to the United States.
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  • In 1984, she returned to Korea and permanently resumed her acting career.
  • However, their marriage did not last and they got divorced in 1987.

Take a look at the full list of her films and dramas here!

Youn Yuh-jung’s Filmography

Year English title Role Notes
1971 Woman of Fire Myeong-ja
1972 The Insect Woman Myeong-ja
1973 Love and Hatred
Tto Sun Yi, a College Girl
1978 The Day and Night of a Korean-American
1985 Mother Mrs. Hong
1990 Be a Wicked Woman
1995 An Experience to Die For Choi Yeo-jung
2003 A Good Lawyer’s Wife Hong Byeong-han
2004 Springtime Hyun-woo’s mother
2005 The President’s Last Bang Yoon-hee’s mother/Epilogue narration
2006 Maundy Thursday Sister Monica
2007 The Old Garden Hyun-woo’s mother
Hwang Jin-yi Old woman
2008 A Tale of Legendary Libido Old woman
2009 Actresses Herself Also screenwriter
2010 Ha Ha Ha Moon-kyeong’s mother
The Housemaid Byeong-sik
2011 Hindsight Madame Kang
List Short film
2012 The Taste of Money Baek Geum-ok
In Another Country Park Sook
2013 Behind the Camera Herself
Boomerang Family Mom
2014 Hill of Freedom Gu-ok
2015 Salut d’Amour Im Geum-nim
Intimate Enemies Yeo-jung Cameo
Right Now, Wrong Then Kang Deok-soo
2016 Canola Gye-choon
The Bacchus Lady So-young
2018 Keys to the Heart In-sook
2019 Beasts That Cling to the Straw

Television series

Year  Title Role Network
1967 Mister Gong TBC
1970 MBC
River of Love and Sorrow MBC
Maria Park MBC
1971 Jang Hui-bin Hui-bin Jang MBC
1972 Rainbow President Han’s daughter MBC
Daewongun Empress Myeongseong MBC
Stepmother Eun-hye MBC
1976 Girl’s High School Days MBC
1984 MBC Bestseller Theater “고깔” MBC
1985 Mom’s Room MBC
1986 First Love MBC
1987 Love and Ambition Song Hye-joo MBC
1988 Sand Castle Kim Jin-ae MBC
People from Wonmi-dong MBC
1989 Fetters of Love KBS2
Sleepless Tree Dance school teacher MBC
1990 KBS2
Betrayal of the Rose Ok-sun MBC
1991 What Is Love Han Shim-ae MBC
Another Happiness MBC
1992 Bun-rye’s Story Bun-rye’s mother SBS
Gwanchon Essay SBS
Women’s Room MBC
1993 How’s Your Husband? Song Eun-nyeo SBS
To Live Pung-gae’s mother SBS
1994 Farewell Lee Shin-ae SBS
1995 Men of the Bath House Noh Hye-young KBS2
Your Voice Eon-nyeon-yi SBS
MBC Best Theater “Hospice Ajumma” Jung-sook MBC
1996 Temptation KBS2
Ganyiyeok Gangneung restaurant owner MBC
Open Your Heart Choi Soon-joo MBC
1997 The Reason I Live Bar madam Son MBC
Woman Next Door SBS
MBC Best TheaterBok-soon’s Boomerang Actuary Bok-soon MBC
1998 Firstborn Choi Sook-ja MBC
Love Is All I Know MBC
Hong Gil-dong In-ok’s mother SBS
Lie Yoon Young-hee KBS2
Crush KBS2
1999 KAIST Professor of Mechanical Engineering SBS
Did We Really Love? Choi Hye-ja MBC
Who Are You Jung Shin-ae SBS
Hur Jun Sung In-chul’s wife MBC
2000 Tough Guy’s Love Kim Bok-nyeo KBS2
I Want to Keep Seeing You Lee Ok-bun SBS
2001 Stock Flower Ahn Jung-hee KBS2
Blue Mist Mi-soon KBS2
Hotelier Yoon Bong-sook MBC
Soon-ja Go Chang-daek SBS
MBC Best Theater “Walking With II” Geum-nyeo MBC
This Is Love Lee Jung-ja KBS1
I Like Dong-seo Choi Jong-sook KBS2
2002 Ruler of Your Own World Jung Yoo-soon MBC
Affection Ms. Uhm SBS
Who’s My Love? In-ae KBS2
2003 Dal-joong’s Cinderella Pal-soon KBS1
Pearl Necklace Yoon Hae-myung KBS2
One Million Roses Choi Geum-ja MBC
Rose Fence Mrs. Heo KBS2
On the Prairie Kim Jeom-hee KBS2
2004 Ireland Shi-yeon’s mother MBC
War of the Roses Heo Young-shim MBC
Drama CityOur Ham Grandma KBS2
2005 Becoming a Popular Song Oh Sook-young KBS2
Be Strong, Geum-soon! Geum-soon’s grandmother MBC
A Farewell to Sorrow Lee Young-shim KBS2
Love and Sympathy Hee-soo’s mother SBS
2006 Love Truly Goo Hyang-sook MBC
Pure in Heart Yoon Myung-hye KBS2
What’s Up Fox? Jo Soon-nam MBC
2007 The Person I Love Yoon Min-ja SBS
The Golden Age of Daughters-in-Law Seo Mi-soon KBS2
2008 Chunja’s Happy Events Yang Boon-hee MBC
Worlds Within Oh Min-sook KBS2
2009 The Road Home Nam Soon-jung KBS1
Heading to the Ground Ae-ja MBC
2010 Golden Fish Jo Yoon-hee MBC
Home Sweet Home Sung Eun-sook MBC
2011 Can You Hear My Heart? Hwang Soon-geum MBC
2012 My Husband Got a Family Uhm Chung-ae KBS2
The King 2 Hearts Bang Young-sun MBC
2013 The Queen’s Classroom Yong Hyun-ja MBC
2014 Wonderful Days Jang So-shim KBS2
2015 The Producers Herself (cameo, episodes 1-2) KBS2
2015-2017 Sense8 Min-jung Netflix
2016 Dear My Friends Oh Choong-nam tvN



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Youn Yuh-Jung, A Rising Variety Star

Aside from her countless appearance on film and TV series, Youn also starred in some variety shows. Take a look at the full list below!

Year Title Role Network
2013 Sisters Over Flowers Cast member tvN
2017 Youn’s Kitchen
2018 Youn’s Kitchen – Season 2
All The Butlers Fourth Master SBS


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