Brigitte Lin

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Lin.
Brigitte Lin
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Background information
Chinese name 林青霞 (traditional)
Chinese name 林青霞 (simplified)
Pinyin Lín Qīngxiá (Mandarin)
Jyutping lam4 cing1 haa4 (Cantonese)
Pe̍h-ōe-jī Lîm Chheng-hâ (Hokkien)
Origin Republic of China (Taiwan)
Born (1954-11-03) 3 November 1954 (age 62)
Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China
Occupation Actress
Years active 1973 - 1994
Spouse(s) Michael Ying (m. 1994)
Children 2
Ancestry Yantai, Shandong

Brigitte Lin (Chinese: 林青霞; pinyin: Lín Qīngxiá) or Brigitte Lin Ching-hsia (born 3 November 1954) is a Taiwanese actress. She was a popular actress, regarded as an icon of Chinese cinema, who acted in both Taiwanese and Hong Kong films. She retired in 1994, although she had a minor role in the 1998 film Bishonen.


She was born in Taipei and she was "discovered" in 1972 by a film producer after she finished high school and as preparing for University. She first appeared in many Taiwanese romance films based on the novels of Chiung Yao. Her movie debut is in Chuangwai ("Outside the Window"). She later switched over to making movies in Hong Kong. At the height of her popularity she was inarguably one of the most sought-after actresses in the Chinese film industry. She starred in more than 100 movies[citation needed].

In Hong Kong movies, Lin made a career of playing cross-gender roles: in Peking Opera Blues she plays a tomboy who dresses in male Western clothes; in New Dragon Gate Inn she is a woman who dresses as a man, and in Swordsman II and III she plays a male character who castrates himself for power and so is now slowly turning into a woman. She had a good working relationship with Tsui Hark, acting in many of the films he directed (like Peking Opera Blues) and produced (Swordsman II).

She married Hong Kong businessman Michael Ying in 1994 and left the film industry. She has two daughters, born in 1997 and 2001. She made her first public appearance since her marriage at a screening of Ashes of Time Redux at the 2008 New York Film Festival.

Partial filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Awards
1973 Outside the Window Jiang Yan-Rong breakthrough role
1974 The River of Cloudy
Love, Love, Love Lin Chun-Chun
Ghost of the Mirror Su-su
1975 He Loved Once Too Many
The Unforgettable Character Tu Hsiao-shuang
1976 Eight Hundred Heroes Yang Huimin Asia-Pacific Film Festival for Best Actress
1977 The Cloud of Romance Tuan Wanlu
The Dream of the Red Chamber Jia Baoyu First cross-dressing role
1978 The Misty Moon Liu Ling-shan
Love of the White Snake Madam White Snake
1979 The Wild Goose on the Wing
Love Under a Rosy Sky Yin Tsai-Chin
1980 Magnificent 72 Golden Horse Award Nomination:
Best Actress
1981 Love Massacre Ivy First role in Hong Kong
The Women Soldiers
1982 Fantasy Mission Force
1983 Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain Ice Queen Hong Kong Film Award Nomination:
Best Actress
All the Wrong Spies Ying Hong
Demon Fighter
1984 The Other Side of Gentleman Jojo
1985 Police Story Selina Fong Hong Kong Film Award Nomination:
Best Actress
1986 Peking Opera Blues Tsao Wan
Dream Lovers Cheng Yuet-heung
1987 Lady in Black Mrs Chan Mei-fung
The Thirty Million Dollar Rush Sister Maria
1988 Starry is the Night To Cai-Mei
1989 Web of Deception Jane Lin
1990 Red Dust Shen Shao-Hua Golden Horse Award:
Best Actress
1991 Swordsman II Dongfang Bubai (Invincible Asia) Hong Kong Film Award Nomination:
Best Actress
1992 New Dragon Gate Inn Yau Mo-yan
Handsome Siblings More Hong Kong Film Award Nomination:
Best Actress
Royal Tramp Cameo
Royal Tramp II Lung-er
Secret Love for the Peach Blossom Spring Yun Zhifan
1993 Swordsman III Dongfang Bubai (Invincible Asia)
Boys Are Easy Ching Siu-Tung
The Black Panther Warriors Ching-Ching
Deadful Melody Huang Xuemei
The Bride with White Hair Lian Ni Chang
The Bride with White Hair 2 Lian Ni Chang
The Eagle Shooting Heroes Third Princess
1994 Ashes of Time Murong Yang / Murong Yin / Dugu Qiubai
Chungking Express Woman in blonde wig
Fire Dragon Fire Dragon/ Ha
Semi-Gods and Semi-Devils Lei Chau-shui / Lei Chong-hoi
The Three Swordsmen Ming-kim
1998 Bishonen Narrator
2001 Peony Pavilion Narrator
2015 Up Idol As Brigitte Lin Ching Hsia

Related Publications[edit]

  • The Last Star of the East: Brigitte Lin Ching Hsia and Her Films (2005), by Akiko Tetsuya
  • 窗裏窗外 (Inside and outside the window) (2011), by Brigitte Lin Ching-Hsia
  • 雲去雲來(Cloud Goes, Cloud Comes) (2014), by Brigitte Lin Ching-Hsia

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