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Charmaine Craig

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Charmaine Craig
BornLos Angeles, CA, U.S.
Alma mater
  • University of California, Irvine
GenreHistorical Fiction
Years active2003–present

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Charmaine Craig is an American author, former actress, and creative writing professor at University of California, Riverside.[1] She is the daughter of Louisa Benson Craig, who was Miss Burma in 1956 and 1958 and a Karen rebel leader.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Craig grew up in Los Angeles. Her parents, Louisa Benson and Glenn Craig, met in 1959 at Tufts University where Louisa was a student for a year.[3] Glenn was an American and descendant of immigrants on the Mayflower.[4] Louisa was from present-day Myanmar and had Jewish-Indian ancestry from her father and Karen ancestry from her mother. Louisa returned to Burma and married Lin Htin, a commander of the Karen National Liberation Army, in 1964. After Lin Htin's death in 1965, Louisa reconnected with Glenn, married him in 1967, and moved to America.[2] Craig was one of three children.[5]

Craig studied literature at Harvard College.[1]


Craig was a film and television actress from 1994-1996. She was part of the main cast of White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf and one of the live-action models for the titular character in Disney's Pocahontas.[6] Her acting career ended in 1996 when University of California, Irvine offered her a spot in a creative writing program on the condition that she quit acting to focus on writing. Part of her motivation to leave the film and television industry was because she felt that the roles offered to her were stereotypical.[2]

Her 2003 debut novel is The Good Men, which takes place in 14th-century France during the Medieval Inquisition. The Good Men has been translated into six languages.[1]

Craig based her second novel, Miss Burma, on the lives of her maternal grandparents and her mother's life up until the mid-1960s. Craig spent two years interviewing her mother as part of writing Miss Burma and fifteen years overall on research and writing.[2][7] Grove Press published Miss Burma in 2017. Miss Burma was longlisted for the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction and 2019 Women's Prize for Fiction.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Craig lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband, author Andrew Winer, and their three daughters.[1]


  • Miss Burma. Grove Press. 2017. ISBN 0802126456. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  • The Good Men. Penguin Random House. 2003. ISBN 157322197X. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Bulletproof (1996 film) Waitress
1995 Pocahontas (1995 film) Video reference cast Live-action reference for Pocahontas
1994 White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf Lily Joseph Main cast


Year Title Role Notes
1994-1995 Northern Exposure Heather Haines Recurring role, 3 episodes


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Bio -- Charmaine Craig". Charmaine Craig. Retrieved November 18, 2019. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "The Burmese beauty queen who became a rebel leader and resistance hero". South China Morning Post. 2018-06-07. Retrieved 2019-11-19.
  3. "Former actress joins lawsuit". AP. 1 June 2004. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  4. "The problem with only liking things we find relatable". PBS NewsHour. 2017-08-25. Retrieved 2019-11-19.
  5. "The many crowns of 'Miss Burma'". The Myanmar Times. 2017-08-23. Retrieved 2019-11-19.
  6. Tribune, Margaret Littman Special to the. "Detouring into dream jobs". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2019-11-19.
  7. "Miss Burma". Charmaine Craig. Retrieved 2019-11-19.
  8. "National Book Awards 2017". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2019-11-19.
  9. Miss Burma | Grove Atlantic. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png

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