Betty Ting

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Betty Ting Pei
Chinese name (traditional)
Chinese name (simplified)
Pe̍h-ōe-jī Teng Pho̍ah (Hokkien)
Birth name Tang Mei Li
(Traditional)
(Simplified)
Táng Měilì (Mandarin)
Tông Bí-Lē (POJ)
Born (1947-02-19) 19 February 1947 (age 67)
Taiwan
Years active 1963–1985
Spouse(s) Charles Heung (in 1970s)

Betty Ting Pei (Chinese: 丁珮, born 19 February 1947) is a Taiwanese actress who joined Shaw Brothers in 1967. Despite acting in more than 30 movies, nowadays she is known because of the untimely death of Bruce Lee in her apartment.[1] She is also known for being Bruce Lee's mistress.

Career[edit]

Born Tang Mei Li, Betty started her acting career with "China Motion Picture Corporation" in Taiwan. In January 1967, after acting in six Taiwanese films, she was spotted by Shaw Brothers' director, Peter Pan Lei, and thereafter adopted the screen name of "Ting Pei." Her first film in Hong Kong was The Purple Shell, where she acted as a dance hostess.

Although Betty had acted in dramas, comedies, musicals and martial arts films, she is better known in Asia for her mistress roles and her many bedroom scenes. She was a regular of director Inoue Umetsugu, for whom she performed in the musicals, The Millionaire Chase, The Yellow Muffler, and The Brain Stealers.

In 1973, Betty became a freelance actress, and continued to make films both in her native Taiwan, as well as in Hong Kong.

Relationship with Bruce Lee[edit]

On 20 July 1973, Ting received media attention when Bruce Lee died in her apartment at 67 Beacon Hill Road, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong. According to press reports, Lee was going over the script of Game of Death in Betty's apartment, a Golden Harvest film in which she was reported to have a lead role, when he complained of a headache. She gave him a single tablet of Equagesic, a strong aspirin-based drug that she often used herself. He then went to sleep, but when she could not wake him up for a dinner appointment with Raymond Chow, the owner of Golden Harvest, Betty called an ambulance. Lee was rushed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Death was allegedly caused by an allergic reaction that resulted in brain edema (swelling of the brain). The coroner described his passing as "death by misadventure."[2]

After Lee's death, Ting appeared in several other Hong Kong films, including the Hui Brothers' comedy, Games Gamblers Play (1974) which broke box office records. She subsequently married Charles Heung, the head of Win's Film Co., but the marriage did not last. In 1985, she retired from show business and allegedly became a Buddhist nun after appearing in her last movie, My Name Ain't Suzie.

Filmography[edit]

  • 1967: The Purple Shell
  • 1968: Tomorrow is Another Day
  • 1968: The Brain Stealers
  • 1969: Dear Murderer
  • 1969: The Singing Escort
  • 1969: The Millionaire Chase
  • 1970: Hellgate
  • 1970: Apartment For Ladies
  • 1971: The Night is Young
  • 1972: The Yellow Muffler
  • 1972: The 14 Amazons
  • 1972: Stranger in Hong Kong
  • 1972: Madness of Love
  • 1973: Love Across the Seas
  • 1973: Adultery, Chinese Style
  • 1973: The Call Girls
  • 1973: The Rendezvous of Warriors
  • 1974: The Chinese Godfather
  • 1974: Naughty! Naughty!
  • 1974: The Shrine of Ultimate Bliss
  • 1974: The Virgin Mart
  • 1974: The Looks of Hong Kong
  • 1974: Games Gamblers Play
  • 1975: A Debt of Crime
  • 1975: The Playboy
  • 1975: The Evidence
  • 1975: Old Master Q
  • 1976: Bruce Lee...His last days (Clone imitation of Bruce Lee)
  • 1976: Bruce Lee and I
  • 1978: My Darling Girls
  • 1978: The Mysterious Footworks of Kung Fu
  • 1981: Mahjong Heroes
  • 1982: The 82 Tenants
  • 1985: My Name Ain't Suzie

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Re-Enter the Dragon". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-09-21. 
  2. ^ 1977 Documentary Film "Bruce Lee, The Legend."

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