August 17, 1969 |
Jecheon, North Chungcheong, South Korea
|Genres||K-pop, dance, electro-pop|
|Occupation(s)||Actress, singer, lingerie designer|
|Labels||Sim Entertainment (current)
|Revised Romanization||Eom Jeong-hwa|
Uhm Jung-hwa (Hangul: 엄정화; Hanja: 嚴正化; born August 17, 1969) is a South Korean actress, singer, and lingerie designer. Uhm began her career as a chorus member of MBC, one of the three major South Korean broadcasting companies, from 1987 until 1990. She made her film debut in a 1991 to 1994 film Marriage Story, and released her first studio album Sorrowful Secret the same year.
Considered to be one of the most influential women and the evergreen in the Korean entertainment industry, many of Korean female artists recognise her as their role model.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Discography
- 3 Filmography
- 4 Awards and nominations
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Uhm was born in Jecheon, North Chungcheong, South Korea. She is the second child of Yoo Gyeong-sook and Uhm Jin-ok, a music teacher who died in a motorcycle accident when she was four. Her younger and only brother Uhm Tae-woong is an actor. Following her father's death, her family struggled with financial difficulties.
Uhm Jung-hwa officially debuted as a singer in 1987 to 1994 with her first studio album Sorrowful Secret. By the mid-90s she established herself as one of the top Korean female singers and entertainers, with a series of hit singles: "Sad Expectation" (Hangul: 슬픈 기대; RR: Seulpeun Gidae), "A Love Only Heaven Permits" (Hangul: 하늘만 허락한 사랑; RR: Haneulman Heorakan Sarang), "Rose of Betrayal" (Hangul: 배반의 장미; RR: Baeban-ui Jangmi), and "Tell Me" (Hangul: 말해 줘; RR: Malhae Jwo).
Uhm's fourth studio album, Invitation, introduced a new mature side of the singer. The music video for its title track caused a lot of controversy due to its suggestive nature. Invitation quickly became one of the highest selling albums of the year and received positive reviews from critics and fans. It went to ship over 400,000 copies a feat rarely accomplished by female artist in South Korea.
She released two of her most recognizable singles of her career, "Poison" and "Invitation" (Hangul: 초대; RR: Chodae). She remained successful the following year, in 1999, with her fifth studio album 005.1999.06, which sold well over 550,000 copies, her second full-length album to do so. It remains one of the best-selling albums by a female artist and cemented her status as the "Queen of Korean pop" in her native South Korea.
During the 2000s, Uhm Jung-hwa began to focus more on her acting career and committed herself to taking a variety of acting roles. She also began to pursue and experiment with different musical genres, in particular electronica. In 2004, she released her double album Self Control, which featured songs composed by Jung Jae-hyung, Fractal and Roller Coaster. Music critics praised Uhm for her ability to reinvent her image and sound.
After a two-year break from the music scene, she released her ninth studio album Prestige. Throughout the year she released two singles, "Come 2 Me" and "Song of the Wind" (Hangul: 바람의 노래; RR: Baram-ui Norae), each enjoyed positive critical reception. In early 2007, she won a Korean Music Award for Best Electronic Dance Record.
In the summer of 2008, she released her first EP titled D.I.S.C.O with help from her long time friend Yang Hyun-suk of YG Entertainment. The lead single "D.I.S.C.O" featured T.O.P, a member from the popular boy band Big Bang. The EP was one of the best-selling albums by a female artist in 2008, and was further promoted by the digital single "D.I.S.C.O Part 2" which was a remix version of "D.I.S.C.O" and featured G-Dragon, the leader of Big Bang.
Uhm Jung-hwa has established herself as one of South Korea's top actresses. She is known for her roles in the films Marriage Is a Crazy Thing, Singles, Princess Aurora, Dancing Queen and Haeundae, which became one of the highest grossing movies in Korea. She has won two Baeksang Arts Awards for Best Actress, in 2002 for Marriage Is a Crazy Thing and again in 2012 for Dancing Queen.
Uhm launched her new clothing and lingerie line, "Corner Suite" and "ZHUM in New York", which made $10M USD within 3 months of its release. "Corner Suite" became an instant hit when the line debuted on online markets. The line immediately sold out. Future plans include putting her line of clothes on more home shopping channels, as the demand for it is great.
Uhm Jung-hwa was diagnosed with thyroid cancer but fully recovered after surgery in May 2010. Uhm said she felt a little afraid leading up to the surgery, but rather than being discouraged by the pain she was experiencing, she made up her mind to dedicate herself to helping others by inspiring them. "I want to use my talent and influence in a meaningful way," she said.
Awards and nominations
|1999||Best Female Solo||"I Don't Know"
|Best Dance Performance||Nominated|
|2000||Best Female Artist||"Cross"||Nominated|
|2008||Best House & Electronic||"Disco" ft. T.O.P||Nominated|
|Best Female Artist||Nominated|
|Best Music Video||Nominated|
- "[섈위토크]엄정화, "후배들의 롤모델? 나는 여전히 현재진행형"". 2009-04-20. Retrieved 2010-03-20.
- "엄정화, "엄마는 포차끌고 난 밀고" 시청자 감동". 2006-05-11.
- "Uhm Jung Hwa - singer/actress - kpop". Jpopasia.com. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
- "Uhm Jung Hwa Talks Battle Against Thyroid Cancer and Surgery". Soompi.com. 12 January 2012.
- "'Dancing Queen' Uhm Returns to Screen After Thyroid Surgery". The Chosun Ilbo. 14 January 2012.
- "1999 M.net Korean Music Festival Winners list". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-06-12.
- "1999 Video Music Award part 1". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
- "2000 M.net Korean Music Festival Winners list". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-06-12.
- "2001 MMF part 1". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-07-23.
- "2008 Mnet KM Music Festival Part1". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-12-17.
- Uhm Jung-hwa at Trifecta Entertainment
- Uhm Jung-hwa at HanCinema
- Uhm Jung-hwa at the Korean Movie Database
- Uhm Jung-hwa at the Internet Movie Database