Pat Suzuki was born Chiyoko Suzuki in Cressy, California (northernCalifornia) on September 23, in the early 1930s. As the youngest offour children, she was nicknamed "Chiby", which was Japanese for"squirt". She grew up on the family farm, and discovered her love forsinging early on at church on Sundays and at local events. But thingstook a bad turn with the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and Pat and herfamily were one of many Japanese-American families forced to enterinternment camps.
After release from the camp, her family returned toCalifornia. After attending college at San Jose State, she left for NewYork, and obtained a job as an understudy in a touring production of"Tea House of the August Moon". While in Seattle, an impromptuperformance so impressed the owner of a local club, called The Colony,that she was offered a permanent job there. It was during this timewhen she hit her first big break. Bing Crosby happened to catch her actone summer night in 1957, and was so taken with her that he immediatelyreferred her to RCA Records.
This led to the 1958 release of her firstalbum, titled "The Many Sides of Pat Suzuki". She was in high demand,and made appearances on such shows as "The Frank Sinatra Show", whichalso led to a role in Rodgers & Hammerstein's production of "FlowerDrum Song". After the show's run, she met and married her husband,photographer Mark Shaw, and gave birth to a son. Throughout the 1970s,she continued to perform and record her music. She also appearedalongside Pat Morita on the short-lived sitcom "Mr.
T. and Tina", whichwas a first sitcom starring an Asian-American family. She is active insupporting Asian-American rights, and performs occasionally (in placesas prestigious as Lincoln Center). In 1999 she released "The Very Bestof Pat Suzuki". .
|1||A Classic Evolves: From Print to Stage to Screen||2006||as Herself|
|2||Val Parnells Sunday Night at the London Palladium||1955||as Herself|
|3||Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age||2012||as Herself|
|4||Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age||2016||as Herself|
|5||Great Broadway Musical Moments from the Ed Sullivan Show||2015||as Linda Lo|
|7||Charlies Angels||1976||as Kona|
|8||Club Oasis||1957||as Guest|
|9||Mr. T and Tina||1976||as Michi|
|10||Person to Person||1953||as Herself|
|11||The Dick Clark Show||1958||as Herself|
|12||The Dinah Shore Chevy Show||1956||as Herself|
|13||The Frank Sinatra Show||1957||as Herself|
|14||The George Gobel Show||1954||as Herself|
|15||The Match Game||1962||as Team Captain|
|16||The Mike Douglas Show||1961||as Herself - Co-host|
|17||The Pat Boone-Chevy Showroom||1957||as Herself - Guest|
|18||The Red Skelton Show||1951||as Ruby Peeler|
|19||The Voice of Firestone||1949||as Herself|
|20||Toast of the Town||1948||as Singer|
|21||Tonight Starring Jack Paar||1957||as Herself|
|22||Whats My Line?||1950||as Herself - Mystery Guest|