Isabella Leong

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Isabella Leong
Chinese name 梁洛施
Pinyin Liáng Luòshī (Mandarin)
Jyutping Leong4 Lok3-sze1 (Cantonese)
Birth name Luisa Isabella Nolasco da Silva
Ancestry Zhongshan, Guangdong, China[clarification needed]
Born (1988-06-23) 23 June 1988 (age 25)
Macau
Other name(s) Isabella Leong
Isabella Leung
Luisa Isabella Leung
Leung Lok-si
Genre(s) Cantopop
Instrument(s) Vocals
Partner(s) Richard Li (2007 - 2011)
Children Ethan Li Cheung Tsz (李長治)
(born 26 April 2009)
Twin boys: H. Li, N. Li (born June 2010)

Luisa Isabella Nolasco da Silva (born 23 June 1988), better known as Isabella Leong, is a Hong Kong-based Macanese actress and former singer.

Career[edit]

Leong's father was a descendant of a prominent Macanese family of Portuguese-English heritage, and her mother is Chinese. At age 12, Leong dropped out of school and signed a contract to Emperor Entertainment Group as a teenage model.[1]

She later began singing and released her debut album, Isabella when she was 16 years old. Isabella did not achieve the success hoped for and Leong subsequently debuted with acting. From 2005 to 2007, she made a string of films including The Eye 10, Bug Me Not!, Isabella, Diary, and Spider Lilies.

Leong won her first American film role in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, which was released in 2008.[2]

EEG contract dispute[edit]

Emperor Entertainment Group filed a lawsuit in the High Court on 3 April 2008 to seek damages from Leong for breaking a 10-year contract which Leong's mother signed for her when she was only 12 years old. Leong filed a writ against the company on 27 April.[1] In November 2008, the legal battle between Leong and EEG ended in an out-of-court settlement, with the star "free to pursue her career".[3]

Personal life[edit]

In 2008, Leong met Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li, son of billionaire Li Ka-shing, when she was 20 and he was 41. The couple met on a movie set.[4] The following year, Leong gave birth to their first son. For this, Leong was allowed to use Li's family mansions in San Francisco. They also provided her with an entourage of care-givers, including five bodyguards, four full-time nannies and a personal attendant.[5] Channel News Asia noted some speculation about a large pre-nuptial agreement.[5] A 100-day-old banquet was held for her son from July 9–11, 2009, for three consecutive days, with some of the city's celebrities like Stanley Ho and his second wife Lam Wan Ying, and Tsang Yam Pui and his wife spotted in attendance.[6]

In June 2010, Leong gave birth to Li's twin sons in San Francisco.[7]

In March 2011, Leong announced that she and Richard Li have ended their relationship. They both declared that the split is amicable and that they will both take care of their children.[8][9]

Discography[edit]

Album # Album Information
1st Isabella - First Album Versions A, B, C
2nd I am Isabella (EP)
3rd To Find Love (EP)
4th I am Isabella (Complete Version)
5th Say Goodbye... Luisa (DualDisc) (CD+DVD)

Publication[edit]

Product
Isabella Photo Album
EEG Artiste Crystal - Isabella
Post Card - Isabella
Isabella Artiste Profile

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role
2004 Sunshine Heartbeat
赤沙印记@四叶草2
Girl asking for fortune
2005 The Eye 10
見鬼 10
April
Bug Me Not!
虫不知
Moon
(小月)
Dragon Squad
猛龍
Kong's daughter
(江綽芝)
A Chinese Tall Story
情癲大聖
Red Child
(紅孩兒)
2006 McDull, the Alumni
春田花花同學會
Wing Yan
(詠思)
Isabella
伊莎貝拉
Cheung Bik-Yan
(張碧欣)
Dragon Tiger Gate
龍虎門
voice
Diary (film)
妄想
Leung Wing Na/Ho Lai Yee
(梁詠娜/何麗儀)
The Knot
云水谣
Wang Xiao-rui
(王曉芮)
2007 Simply Actors
戲王之王
Guest
Spider Lilies
刺青
Takeko
(竹子)
2008 Missing
深海尋人
Chen Xiao-Kai
(陳小凱)
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Lin
(小林)

[10] [11]

Awards[edit]

Fantasporto (2006)

Golden Bauhinia Awards (2006)

Nominations[edit]

Hong Kong Film Awards (2005)

Hong Kong Film Awards (2007)

Hong Kong Film Awards (2007)

  • Best Supporting Actress for Diary

Golden Bauhinia Awards (2007)

  • Best Supporting Actress for Diary

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b South China Morning Post. We paid nothing to settle: Emperor. Retrieved 2008-11-18.
  2. ^ Isabella to fight Mummy 3.
  3. ^ South China Morning Post. Deal frees starlet from Emperor Group fold. Retrieved 2008-11-18.
  4. ^ "Isabella Leong’s former lover tycoon Richard Li breaks silence on split". Channel News Asia. March 2011.
  5. ^ a b Channelnewsasia.com
  6. ^ http://epochtimes.com/gb/9/7/14/n2589552.htm
  7. ^ Xinhuanet: Isabella Leong gives birth to twin sons
  8. ^ "Isabella Leong announces split from tycoon Richard Li - Channel NewsAsia". channelnewsasia.com. 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-09. 
  9. ^ "Talk of other women way off the money, says Li - The Standard". thestandard.com.hk. 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-09. 
  10. ^ "Isabella Leong". imdb.com. Retrieved 2010-03-23. 
  11. ^ "Isabella Leong". chinesemov.com. Retrieved 2010-03-23. 

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