|Born:||May 21, 1956|
|Ethnicity:||Asian, Pacific Islander|
Agnes Nalani Lum, born on 1956-05-21 to a Chinese father and a mother of Hawaiian ancestry, in Honolulu, Hawaii, is a gravure idol star, singer, actress, and bikini supermodel popular in Japan in the late 1970s and early 1980s. At that time, she was nicknamed "Lum-chan" in Japan, though now that nickname can be confused with that of the fictional character Lum Invader from Urusei Yatsura.
Agnes Lum was the inspiration for the name of this character as she was extremely popular and well-known at the time the manga was first released (1977). In order to avoid confusion with Agnes Chan, another popular idol at the time, "Lum-chan" was used, though many fans called both simply "Agnes". Lum has appeared in numerous calendars, on posters, and magazine spreads, and these items regularly fetch high prices in the collectors market.
During high school, Lum worked as a model and became well-known in Hawaii. She was named Miss Hawaii at one point, but the title was taken away. Lum became an overnight success in Japan after becoming the first Clarion Girl in 1975, hired to promote Clarion products in a television and print advertising campaign.
In 1976, she released her first single, titled Downtown After the Rain. That same year, she made her debut appearance on NHK's Kōhaku Uta Gassen variety show. In 1996, Lum appeared, along with her twin sons, in a television commercial for the Daihatsu Pyzar.
- PhotoReviews: Agnes Lum. PhotoGuide Japan (2000-04-27). Retrieved on 2007-04-22.
- アグネス・ラム 70年代グラビア･クイーンの水着画像 Agnes Lum (2005-08-04). Retrieved on 2007-04-22.
- Agnes Lum*アグネス・ラム. The Voice of Girls. Retrieved on 2007-04-22.
- Cast of Characters: Lum. Tomobiki-cho, The Urusei Yatsura Website. Retrieved on 2007-04-22.