nicknamed "Xiaomi" (little kitten), born August 17, 1924 (Lunar July 7, 1924) in Hebei, is the fifth
child of famous Peking opera performers, Zhang Shao Chuan and Li Gui Fung. She began basic training of Peking opera around age 11, made her first movie Three Smiles (San
Xiao) in Shanghai at age 15,
Her fame spread far and wide and she was interviewed and featured in the LIFE magazine in the early 50's. In 1955, she starred in Blood Will Tell which was the first color movie in Hong Kong. In 1956, she went to Hollywood to star with Victor Mature
in China Doll (Fei Hu Jiao
In 1959, she married fellow actor & director, Yien Chuen.
Joining Shaw Brothers in 1960 she and Yien Chuen worked together in
Joining Shaw Brothers in 1960 she and Yien Chuen worked together inThe Grand Substitution, The Magnificent Concubine, Empress Wu etc. She won the Best Actress Award at the 3rd and 7th Golden Horse Film Awards in 1964 and 1969 with her performances in Between Tears and Laughter and The Yangzi Jiang Incident. Li and Yien Chuen emigrated to US in 1972. She received a special commemorative award at the 30th Golden Horse Film Awards in 1993.
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