Lin Dai

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Lin Dai
Linda Lin Dai 1957.jpg
Lin Dai in the Golden Lotus (1957)
Background information
Chinese name 林黛 (traditional)
Chinese name 林黛 (simplified)
Birth name Cheng Yueru (程月如)
Born (1934-12-26)26 December 1934
Guilin, Guangxi, China
Died 17 July 1964(1964-07-17) (aged 29)
Hong Kong
Years active 1953–1964
Spouse(s) Long Shengxun, m. 12 February 1961, wid. 17 July 1964, d. 2 April 2007
Children Long Zhonghan, born on (1963-04-06) 6 April 1963 (age 54)

Linda Lin Dai (Chinese: 林黛; 26 December 1934 – 17 July 1964), born Cheng Yueru (程月如), was a Chinese actress of Hong Kong films made in Mandarin during the 1950s–60s. She was a star actress of the Shaw Brothers Studio. She was the daughter of Cheng Siyuan (程思遠), the secretary of the KMT Chinese President Li Zongren, and Vice Chairman of the CPPCC.

Lin Dai was awarded the Best Actress at the Asia Pacific Film Festival four times for her performances in films produced by Shaw Studio.[1] Whilst she attended short courses on drama and linguistics at Columbia University, New York in 1958, she met and fell in love with Long Shengxun, the son of Long Yun who was a former governor of China's Yunnan province. They married on 12 February 1961 in Hong Kong.

She committed suicide at home in Hong Kong in July 1964,[1] using an overdose of sleeping pills and inhalation of methane gas, due to family matters referred by the media as "trivial". Her death shocked the Chinese community. She left behind two unfinished films, The Lotus Lamp and Blue And Black (I and II).


  • Singing Under The Moon (Cui Cui), 1953
  • Spring Is In The Air, 1954
  • Love Is Like A Running Brook, 1956
  • Golden Lotus (Jin Lian Hua), 1957
  • Lady In Distress, 1957
  • Scarlet Doll (Hong Wa), 1958
  • Laughter And Tears, 1958
  • Diau Charn (Diao Chan), 1958
  • Cinderella And Her Little Angels, 1959
  • The Kingdom and the Beauty (Jiang Shan Mei Ren), 1959
  • Spring Frolic, 1959
  • Bachelors Beware, 1960
  • Les Belles (Qian Jiao Bai Mei), 1961
  • Love Without End (He Qing Qing), 1961
  • The Swallow, 1961
  • Madame White Snake (Bai She Zhuan), 1962
  • Love Parade, 1963
  • The Last Woman Of Shang, 1964
  • Beyond The Great Wall, 1964
  • The Lotus Lamp, 1965
  • The Blue And The Black (Lan Yu Hei), 1966


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