Nguyễn Việt Hương was born on October 15, 1976 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Her father is circus performer Lâm Bằng. During her teenage years, Việt Hương’s parents divorced. To help out her mother, she found work singing at various restaurants around Ho Chi Minh City.
While studying at Trường Đại Học Sân khấu – Điện Ảnh Thành Phố Hồ Chí Minh (Ho Chi Minh City University of Film & Theatrical Arts), Việt Hương won the Huy Chương Bạc (Silver Medal Award) for Best Actress from the National Theatrical Arts Performers’ Association for her portrayal of Liên in the play, Trò Đùa Người Lớn, in 1995. After graduating from Ho Chi Minh City University of Film & Theatrical Arts in 1997, Việt Hương starred in a series of successful plays including Nữ Sinh and Hoài Thu Của Tôi. In 1999, she again was given recognition from the National Theatrical Arts Performers’ Association with a Huy Chương Vàng (Gold Medal Award) for Best Actress. In 2002, Việt Hương formed her own comedic actors troupe. For 3 consecutive years from 2003 to 2005, Việt Hương’s comedic actors troupe were voted most favorite comedy act on the popular Gala Cười television series. In 2005, Việt Hương picked up the Mai Vàng Award (Golden Orchid) for Best Comedy Actress for her portrayal of Diễm in the play, Sự Cám Dỗ Dịu Dàng. In 2007, she was given an HTV Award for Best Comedienne.
In 2007, Việt Hương married Nguyễn Hoài Phương, a well-respected overseas Vietnamese musician and naturalized citizen of the United States who is also known simply as Hoài Phương. She resettled in Southern California and began collaborating with various overseas Vietnamese production labels. Việt Hương first appeared on volumes 36 and 38 of Vân Sơn Entertainment‘s popular live show video series performing in comedy sketches alongside Vân Sơn, Bảo Liêm, Minh Nhí and Trang Thanh Lan. The following year, Việt Hương began her lengthy professional association with Thúy Nga making her debut appearance on volume 92 of the popular Paris By Night video series performing alongside Chí Tài, Hoài Tâm and the late Kiều Linh in a comedy sketch written by Nguyễn Ngọc Ngạn. To date, Việt Hương has performed a total of 25 comedy sketches featured on the Paris By Night video series, 4 of which she had written, herself. Among the performers Việt Hương has worked with on such comedy sketches for Paris By Night include Thúy Nga, Hương Thủy, Bằng Kiều, Duy Trường, Bảo Quốc, Hoài Linh, Trấn Thành, Nguyễn Hồng Nhung, Nguyễn Cao Kỳ Duyên and Hà Thanh Xuân. Việt Hương has also collaborated with Tình Productions and Blue Ocean. Together with Hoài Tâm, she has released a series of well-received comedy albums. Việt Hương has dazzled Vietnamese audiences with laughter through her live performances in various countries all over the world including the United States. Canada, Germany, France, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Ireland, Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Taiwan and Singapore.
On Vietnam’s silver screen, Việt Hương has appeared in over a dozen feature films. In 2005, Việt Hương had made her film debut with a supporting role in Khi Đàn Ông Có Bầu (When Men Get Pregnant) starring Nguyễn Phi Hùng and Kim Thư. Among her other feature film credits include Duyên Trần Thoát Tục (2007) starring Nguyễn Phi Hùng, Việt Trinh and Cát Phượng, Nhà Có 5 Nàng Tiên (Five Fairies in the House) (2013) starring Hoài Linh, Ngân Khánh and Miu Lê, Cưới Chạy (2013) starring Chí Tài, Hoàng Mập and Kim Hiền, Đời Như Ý (2014), Quý Tử Bất Đắc Dĩ (2015) starring Hoài Linh, Trấn Thành, Huy Khánh and the late Minh Thuận, Tiên Nữ Không Kiêng Cữ (2015) starring Phương Thanh and Hiếu Hiền, Trùm Cỏ (2015) starring Trấn Thành and Hari Won, Tía Tui Là Cao Thủ (2016) starring Hoài Linh, Ái Phương and Ngô Kiến Huy, Gái Già Lắm Chiêu (The Last Egg) (2016) starring Diễm My 9x and Bình Minh, Chạy Đi Rồi Tính (2017) starring Diễm My 9x and Hứa Vĩ Văn, 49 Ngày 2 (2017) starring Hari Won, Ngô Kiến Huy, Trường Giang and Nhã Phương, Xóm Trọ 3D (2017) starring Hoàng Tuấn Cường and Hoán Đổi (2017) starring Nhã Phương.
In recent years, Việt Hương has been seen either hosting, serving on a panel of judges or appearing as a celebrity guest contestant on numerous television game shows in Vietnam. Such shows include Vietnam’s Got Talent, VStar-Kids, Cười Xuyên Việt, Bí Mật Đêm Chủ Nhật (Whose Line is it Anyway?), Ơn Giời Cậu Đây Rồi! (Thank God You Are Here), Thách Thức Danh Hài (Crack Them Up), Người Bí Ẩn (Odd One In), A-Ha (Aha!, Japan), Hội Ngộ Danh Hài (Sân Khấu Nghiêng) and Tài Tiếu Tuyệt.
Aside from show business, Việt Hương has also found success as a restaurateur. She owns and operates Quán Hương Vietnamese Restaurant located in Santa Ana, California. Việt Hương and Hoài Phương have been happily married for over 10 years and are proud parents of a daughter, named Elyza Phương Vy (b.2009). This is her second marriage. Việt Hương’s brief first marriage had ended in divorce while she was still in her 20s.
When Việt Hương is not traveling and performing at live shows for Vietnamese audiences worldwide, she along with her husband and daughter divide their time between living in Southern California and Vietnam. They own homes in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and in Orange County, California.