Gigi Lai

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Gigi Lai
GigiLai2007.jpg
Gigi Lai in 2007
Chinese name 黎姿
Pinyin Lí Zī (Mandarin)
Jyutping Lai4 Zi1 (Cantonese)
Ancestry Xinhui, Guangdong, China
Born (1971-10-01) 1 October 1971 (age 42)
Hong Kong
Occupation Actress, singer
Genre(s) Cantopop
Voice type(s) Soprano
Years active 1985-2008
Spouse(s) Ma Ting-kung (2008-)
Children (Three daughters)
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Lai.

Gigi Lai Zi (born 1 October 1971) is a Hong Kong actress and Cantopop singer. Lai was under a contract with the television station TVB and she retired in October 2008. She is popularly nicknamed by the Hong Kong media as the "Goddess of Beauty" (愛美神).[1][2]

Biography[edit]

Lai is the granddaughter of Lai Man-Wai, a key figure of the first generation of Hong Kong filmmakers. Her father was deaf and when her family went bankrupt, she entered the entertainment industry at the age of 14 to earn money to support her family[3] and her younger brother's education in England. Lai began her career as a singer, releasing several albums in the 1990s in both Cantonese and Mandarin.

In her early acting career, Lai turned down roles that she felt compromised her public persona. However, she overcame her "superficial and childish image" later and began to embrace many critically acclaimed roles. She won the Most Popular Actress Award at the 2004 TVB Anniversary Awards for her role in War and Beauty. Lai also performed in several box office hits, including the Young and Dangerous film series. At the premiere of The Gem of Life, Lai announced that she would be retiring from the industry to concentrate on looking after her brother's business[4][5] after he was seriously injured in a car accident in 2007.[6]

In 2008, Lai married businessman Patrick Ma Ting-kung[7] to rumours that they were expecting their first child, however Lai later dismissed the rumours of her pregnancy.[8]

In March 2010, Lai confirmed that she was pregnant with twins,[9][10] and on July 25, 2010, she gave birth to two girls.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1985 Happy Ghost II Student
1986 The Family Strikes Back Lai Chi
United We Stand Polly Ho
1990 Dragon in Jail Winnie Sung
1991 The Queen of Gamble Linda
Spiritual Trinity Hsiu Shuan
Queen of Underworld Butterfly Lam
1993 Secret Signs Jackie
Kung Fu Cult Master Chow Chi-Yu
1994 To Live and Die in Tsimshatsui Moon
1996 Young and Dangerous Smartie/Stammer
Young and Dangerous 2 Smartie/Stammer
Young and Dangerous 3 Smartie/Stammer
Street of Fury Yi
Till Death Do We Laugh Mill
1997 All's Well, Ends Well 1997 Gigi
24 Hours Ghost Story Siu Wan
Cause We Are So Young Mimi
Destination: 9th Heaven Mona Chin
Theft Under the Sun Fai-fai
1998 Ninth Happiness Ms. Hung
Super Energetic Man Princess Lychee
The Three Lustketeers Angela
Haunted Mansion Gigi
1999 The Accident Cindy
Troublesome Night 6 Kwok Siu Heung
A Wicked Ghost Cessy
2000 Fist Power Hung
One Drop of Blood Per Step a.k.a. One Drop of Blood Perstep
Black Blood
Raped by an Angel 5: The Final Judgement Nancy
To Where He Belongs Yuet
Queenie and King the Lovers Eliza
The Legend of the Flying Swordsman Cher
Man Wanted 3 Ho Siu Chi / Gi Ho
Young and Dangerous 6: Born to Be King Rong Yu
Okinawa Rendez-vous Sandy
For Bad Boys Only Tiny
2001 Body Puzzle
2002 Devil Face, Angel Heart Wendy
A Wicked Ghost III: The Possession Catherine / Ding Dong Taoist a.k.a. The Wicked Ghost III: The Possession
The Master Swordsman Returns
2003 The Dark Side of My Mind Coco
News Heart Gigi a.k.a. New's Heart
1:99 Shorts a.k.a. 1:99 Short Film Series
2009 Team of Miracle: We Will Rock You Amanda Liu
Television
Year Title Role Network Awards Notes
1991 Drifters Ching Ga Bo TVB Jade
1992 The Change of Time Cheuk Nga Yun TVB Jade
Eastern Hero Tung Ji Gwan TVB Jade
The Stake Lok Ga Kei TVB Jade
Wong Fei Hung Returns Miu Jyu TVB Jade
1993 The Link Tong Ho Kei TVB Jade
The Heroes From Shaolin Dun Muk Giu TVB Jade a.k.a. Heroes From Shaolin
1994 Heartstrings Gam Suet Mui TVB Jade
1996 The Criminal Investigator II Tammy TVB Jade
2000 The Heavenly Sword and Dragon Sabre Chiu Man TVB Jade
2001 Master Swordsman Lu Xiaofeng 2 Han Ling TCS / TVB Jade
The New Adventures of Chor Lau Heung Su Rongrong CTS / TVB Jade
2002 Doomed to Oblivion Wong Yut Che TVB Drama / TVB Jade Warehoused and broadcast in 2007
2003 Fate Twisters Lum Oi Mei / Lum Ah Nui TVB Jade
Riches and Stitches Miu Hoi Tong TVBS No.3main role
Twilight Tubes Part II TVB
2004 War and Beauty Hou-Jia Yu-Ying TVB Jade TVB Award for Best Actress
TVB Award for My Favourite Television Character
Shades of Truth Man Fung Lin / Poon Gum Lin (Nicole) TVB Jade
2005 Healing Hands III Frances TVB Jade
The Charm Beneath Chuk Ming-Wai TVB Jade Nominated – TVB Award for Best Actress
2006 The Dance of Passion Kai Ming-Fung TVB Jade Nominated – TVB Award for Best Actress
Nominated – TVB Award for My Favourite Female Character
2007 Life Art Yam Tsi-Wah TVB Jade
The Ultimate Crime Fighter Wong Ching-Ying TVB Jade Nominated – TVB Award for Best Actress
Nominated – TVB Award for My Favourite Female Character
2008 The Gem of Life Hong Nga-Tung (Constance) TVB Jade Nominated – TVB Award for Best Actress

Awards[edit]

  • 1993 Best Selling Single
  • 1994 Top 10 Chinese Songs (Silver Medal)
  • 1994 JSG Best New Talent Singer
  • 2004 TVB 37th Anniversary – Best Actress Award, as Yuk Ying in War and Beauty
  • 2004 TVB 37th Anniversary – Best Character Award, as Yuk Ying in War and Beauty
  • 2004 Black and White Television Characters Awards, Favourite Actress Award
  • 2004 Metro's Best Duet Collaboration Award for the Song “Poison” with Bowie Lam
  • 2004 Metroshowbiz TV awards – Top 10 TV Actors and Actresses
  • 2004 Watson's Annual Health & Beauty Awards – Artiste with Perfect Skin
  • 2005 TVB Weekly Popularity Awards – Most Popular Magazine Cover Artiste
  • 2005 TVB Weekly Popularity Awards – Most Popular Female Artiste
  • 2005 TVB Weekly Popularity Awards – Most Popular Female in Ancient Drama
  • 2005 TVB Weekly Popularity Awards – Most Popular of them all
  • 2005 Next Magazine TV Awards Top 10 TV Artists
  • 2005 Next Magazine Sponsorship Award - Best Style Actress
  • 2005 Top Ten Best Dressed Personalities Awards
  • 2005 Watson's Annual Health & Beauty Awards – Artiste with Perfect Skin
  • 2005 Metroshowbiz TV awards – Top 10 TV Actors and Actresses
  • 2006 Astro TV Drama Award – Favourite Female Character Award for War and Beauty
  • 2006 Astro TV Drama Award – Favourite Lethal Beauty Award for War and Beauty
  • 2006 TVB Weekly Popularity Awards – Top 10 TV Artists
  • 2006 Watson's Annual Health & Beauty Awards – Artiste with Perfect Skin
  • 2006 China Entertainment Awards – Most Popular Non-Mainland Actress
  • 2006 Chinese TV 10 Years Awards – 10 Years Outstanding Achievement[12]
  • 2006 Moves China Award – Artiste of the Year
  • 2006 China Hunan TV Station - Yuk Ying Won Favourite "War and Beauty" Actress
  • 2006 Metroshowbiz TV awards – Top 10 TV Actors and Actresses
  • 2006 Top Ten Best Dressed Personalities Awards
  • 2006 Actress Most Men Want to be Watching World Cup with
  • 2007 Astro TV Drama Award – Favorite Moment Award for Frances in Healing Hands 3
  • 2007 Health Choice Award
  • 2007 China/HK 10th Entertainment Awards - Most Popular Actress Award
  • 2007 China/HK 10th Entertainment Awards - Best Couple Award with Bowie Lam
  • 2007 Watson's HWB Awards - Top Diamond Award
  • 2007 Singapore I-weekly Magazine - Top 10 Most Loved Hong Kong Actresses
  • 2007 TVB 40th Anniversary - Mainland Audience's Fave TVB Actress Award
  • 2008 Astro TV Drama Award – Favourite Actress Award for Dance of Passion
  • 2008 Astro TV Drama Award – Favourite Character Award for Dance of Passion
  • 2008 Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum - Top Six Most Popular Hong Kong TV Female Artistes
  • 2008 HKFDA 20th Annual Best Dressed Personalities Awards
  • 2009 New York Festivals Television and Film Award - Hong Kong, TVB: Best Performance for The Ultimate Crime Fighter

References[edit]

  1. ^ "黎姿自謙超細碼 「愛美神」" (in Chinese). 2007-01-18. Retrieved 2010-03-09. 
  2. ^ "愛美神飛彈炸場 黎姿 「凸」 擊打網球" (in Chinese). 2007-11-09. Retrieved 2010-03-09. 
  3. ^ "Gigi Lai thanked God for her brother's recovery". 2008-05-31. Retrieved 2010-03-09. 
  4. ^ "Gigi Lai Announced Retirement from Entertainment Industry". 2008-10-20. Retrieved 2010-03-09. 
  5. ^ "Tearful Gigi Lai Announces Retirement". batgwa.com. 20 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  6. ^ "Gigi Lai's Brother's Life is in Danger, Gigi Calls Rich Friends For Help". 2007-07-06. Retrieved 2010-03-09. 
  7. ^ "Gigi Lai happily announces that she married Mr. Ma". 2009-02-06. Retrieved 2010-03-09. 
  8. ^ "Virgina Lok: Gigi Lai is not Pregnant". 2009-04-05. Retrieved 2010-03-09. 
  9. ^ 黎姿父亲证黎姿怀有双胞胎 明星怀双胞胎秘诀大公开 (Chinese)
  10. ^ 港媒曝黎姿已懷雙胞胎 花30萬接受人工受孕(圖) (Chinese)
  11. ^ "Gigi Lai won't be sharing baby photos with media". 2010-07-26. Retrieved 2010-08-01. [dead link]
  12. ^ "TVB Fadan Gigi Lai Receives Chinese TV 10 Years Outstanding Achievement Award". 2006-12-31. Retrieved 2010-03-09. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
TVB Anniversary Awards
Preceded by
Maggie Cheung Ho Yee
for The King of Yesterday and Tomorrow
Best Actress
2004
for War and Beauty
Succeeded by
Liza Wang
for Wars of In-laws