Film star Li Li-hua dies at 92

03/20/2017 11:18 PM
CNA file photo
CNA file photo

Taipei, March 20 (CNA) Li Li-hua (李麗華), one of the most famous actresses in the Chinese-speaking world in the second half of the 20th century who appeared in more than 120 films, died in Hong Kong on Sunday at 92, according to the Executive Committee of Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival.

The committee quoted her will as saying she would like to have a simple funeral.

Li was born in Shanghai in 1924 to parents who both performed Peking opera. Her movie debut was "Three Smiles" (三笑), which was released in Shanghai in 1940.

She moved to Hong Kong in 1948 and immigrated to the United States in 1970s.

Li was twice named "Best Leading Actress" at Taipei's Golden Horse Awards -- the Oscars of Chinese-language films -- in 1965 for her performance in "Between Tears and Smiles" (故都春夢) and in 1969 for her role in "Storm over the Yangtze River (揚子江風雲).

In 2015, Li was awarded the 52nd Annual Golden Horse Lifetime Achievement Award in Taipei, which was presented by Jackie Chan (成龍), who played the son of Li's character in the 1963 movie "The Story of Qin Xianglian" (秦香蓮).

That was Li's last public appearance in Taiwan.

(By Kuo Chung-han)


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