Isabella Leong

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Isabella Leong
梁洛施
Isabellaleong2007.png
Isabella in 2007 in Taipei, Taiwan
Pinyin Liáng Luòshī (Mandarin)
Jyutping Leong4 Lok3-sze1 (Cantonese)
Birth name Leong Lok-yau (梁乐瑶)
Luisa Isabella Nolasco da Silva
Born (1988-06-23) 23 June 1988 (age 28)
Flag of the Government of Portuguese Macau (1976-1999).svg Macau
Other name(s) Isabella Leong
Isabella Leung
Luisa Isabella Leung
Leung Lok-si
Genre(s) Cantopop
Instrument(s) Vocals
Partner(s) Richard Li (2008-2011)
Children Ethan Li (李長治)
H. Li (twins)
N. Li (twins)
Parents Luís Alberto Marques Nolasco da Silva
Ancestry Zhongshan, Guangdong[clarification needed]

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

Early life[edit]

Leong was born in Macao when she was called as Leong Lok-yau (梁乐瑶) as a natural daughter. She has an older sister by seven years.[1]

Leong's father, Luís Alberto Marques Nolasco da Silva (Macau, Sé, 8 August 1951 - Macau, São Lourenço, 20 January 1989),[2][3] was a descendant of NolascodaSilva Group (殷理基家族), one of the prominent Macanese families in Macao. Her father was born in Macao, to Frederico Joao Moreira de Sousa Teles de Menezes, a Portuguese father and Terry Marques Nolasco, a Chinese woman living in Portugal.[4] Frederico Joao is the sixth generation of the family, former President of the Macau Football Association.[5] Leong's father has 2 elder brothers: Henrique and Frederico, one younger brother Jose Manuel.[6]

Leong's father concealed his family and her parents lived together. He died from drug overdoses when she was only 6 months old. Leong had never received recognition from her paternal family so she takes her mother's surname . Leong's mother worked as a croupier in Casino Lisboa, Macau.[7] Leong's mother could not bear to be too tired and Leong forced to join the entertainment.[8]

In 1993, she moved from Macau to Hong Kong and enrolled in Po Leung Kuk Camões Tan Siu Lin Primary School, after that she turned to several schools in Hong Kong and Macau. She attended Macau Sam Yuk Middle School in 1999 and dropped out.[9]

Career[edit]

At age 12, Leong left school in order to sign a contract with Emperor Entertainment Group as a teenage model.[10] In order to help providing for her family, Isabella Leong abandoned school at age 12, to become a model for Emperor Entertainment Group.

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.[11]

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.[10] 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".[12]

Personal life[edit]

In 2008, Leong met Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li, son of billionaire Li Ka-shing, on a movie set, when she was 20 and he was 41.[13] In April 2009, Leong gave birth to their first son Ethan Li Cheung Tsz. 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.[14] Channel News Asia noted some speculation about a large pre-nuptial agreement.[14] 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.[15]

In June 2010, Leong gave birth to Li's twin sons in San Francisco.[16]

In March 2011, Leong announced that she and Li had ended their relationship. They both declared that the split was amicable and that they would both take care of their children.[17][18]

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)
  • Release Date : 15 August 2006
  • Language : Cantonese
  • Subtitle : Traditional Chinese
  • Package Weight: 210 g
  • Publisher : Emperor Entertainment Group (HK)

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)
2015 12 Golden Ducks
Murmur of the Hearts

[19] [20]

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. ^ "李泽楷梁洛施历程回顾:一个不缺钱一个很缺钱". 
  2. ^ "Luís Alberto Marques Nolasco da Silva". Macanese Families. Retrieved 10 December 2015. 
  3. ^ Jorge Eduardo de Abreu Pamplona Forjaz (1996). Fundação Oriente, ed. "Famílias Macaenses, 1st Edition". pp. Volume II. 800. 
  4. ^ "梁洛施祖母萬里尋孫 「好掛念她」". 
  5. ^ "【※漂亮ISA※】梁洛施 Blue Mood". 
  6. ^ "祖母FB留言尋孫女梁洛施冇回音". 
  7. ^ "揭秘梁洛施传奇奋斗史 产前产后生活大不同(图)". 
  8. ^ ""星妈"神秘身份曝光:梁洛施妈妈". 
  9. ^ "梁洛施被曝生双胞胎". 
  10. ^ a b South China Morning Post. We paid nothing to settle: Emperor. Retrieved 2008-11-18.
  11. ^ Isabella to fight Mummy 3.
  12. ^ South China Morning Post. Deal frees starlet from Emperor Group fold. Retrieved 2008-11-18.
  13. ^ "Isabella Leong’s former lover tycoon Richard Li breaks silence on split". Channel News Asia. March 2011.
  14. ^ a b Channelnewsasia.com
  15. ^ http://epochtimes.com/gb/9/7/14/n2589552.htm
  16. ^ Xinhuanet: Isabella Leong gives birth to twin sons
  17. ^ "Isabella Leong announces split from tycoon Richard Li - Channel NewsAsia". channelnewsasia.com. 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-09. 
  18. ^ "Talk of other women way off the money, says Li - The Standard". thestandard.com.hk. 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-09. 
  19. ^ "Isabella Leong". imdb.com. Retrieved 2010-03-23. 
  20. ^ "Isabella Leong". chinesemov.com. Retrieved 2010-03-23. 

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