Maggie Cheung in 2007.
|Chinese name||張曼玉 (traditional)|
|Pinyin||Zhāng Mànyù (Mandarin)|
|Jyutping||Zoeng1 Maan6 Juk6 (Cantonese)|
20 September 1964 |
British Hong Kong
|Years active||1984–2004, 2010|
|Spouse(s)||Olivier Assayas (1998–2001; divorced)|
Maggie Cheung Man-yuk (Chinese: 張曼玉; born 20 September 1964) is a Hong Kong actress. Raised in Britain and Hong Kong, she has over 70 films to her credit since starting her career in 1983. Some of her most commercially successful work was in the action genre, but Cheung once said in an interview that of all the work she has done, the films that really meant something to her are Song of Exile, Centre Stage, Comrades: Almost a Love Story and In the Mood for Love. As Emily Wang in Clean, her last starring role to date, she became the first Asian actress to win a prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
Early life and education
Maggie Cheung was born in Hong Kong in 1964 to Shanghainese parents. She attended St. Paul's Convent School, where she began at the primary one level. Her family emigrated from Hong Kong to the United Kingdom when she was eight. She spent part of her childhood and adolescence in Bromley, Kent, England. She returned to Hong Kong at the age of 18 in 1982 for a vacation but ended up staying for modeling assignments and other commitments. She also shortly obtained a sales job at Lane Crawford department store.
Prior to 1988, Cheung's screen appearances were often limited to eye candy roles. One of Cheung's notable movie roles then is that of "May", the girlfriend of police detective "Kevin" Chan Ka Kui in Jackie Chan's Police Story series (however, she did not reprise the role in Police Story 4: First Strike or New Police Story). Maggie frequently cited her performance in the movie As Tears Go By (1988), her first of many collaborations with film director Wong Kar-wai, as the piece that truly began her serious acting career.
Cheung is a polyglot as a result of her upbringing in Hong Kong and England and ten years' stay in Paris. In Centre Stage, Cheung performed in Cantonese, Mandarin and Shanghainese fluently, switching languages with ease. In Clean, she performed in fluent English, French and Cantonese.
Cheung was a jury member at the 1997 Berlin Film Festival, the 1999 Venice Film Festival, the 2004 Hawaii Int'l Film Festival, the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, and the 2010 Marrakech Film Festival. And for the first time in its history, the 59th Cannes Film Festival (2006) used a photographic image of a real actress on its poster — that of Cheung.
On 7 February 2007, The New York Times rated Maggie Cheung as one of the 22 Great Performers in 2006 for her Cannes winning role as Emily in Clean. After 25 years of making movies, she decided to retire from acting to pursue a career as a film composer. She had mentioned she would like to compose music and paint after having fulfilled her acting potential. Her most recent film appearance was as Mazu, Chinese goddess of the sea, in the film/video installation Ten Thousand Waves by British filmmaker and installation artist Isaac Julien.
As UK's Independent puts it, since her Cannes moment in 2004, Cheung "turned her back on film" and has shifted her focus to philanthropy, making music, and editing. In April 2010, Cheung was appointed as UNICEF's Ambassador to China. In July 2011, she was awarded a doctor honoris causa at the University of Edinburgh.
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Cheung married French director Olivier Assayas in 1998. They divorced in 2001. In 2004, Cheung made her film Clean with him. As part of her portrayal of recovering drug addict and aspiring singer Emily in Clean, Cheung performed songs written by David Roback of Mazzy Star and Dean Wareham of Dean & Britta.
|1984||畫出彩虹||Rainbow Round My Shoulder|
|1984||新紮師兄||Police Cadet '84|
|1985||武林世家||The Fallen Family|
|1985||楊家將||The Yang's Saga|
Music Video/Music TV Drama
- 日落巴黎 Sunset in Paris (1989) Starring: Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung, Cherie Chung
- 穿梭梦里人 (1991) Starring: Jacky Cheung (张学友), Maggie Cheung
- 一場遊戲一場夢 Starring: Dave Wang (王傑), Maggie Cheung
- 半夢半醒之間 Starring: Alan Tam (谭咏麟), Maggie Cheung
Awards and nominations
|1984||Hong Kong Film Awards||Best New Performer||Behind the Yellow Line||Nominated|
|1988||Best Actress||As Tears Go By||Nominated|
|1989||Golden Horse Award||Full Moon in New York||Won|
|1990||Hong Kong Film Awards||A Fishy Story||Won|
|Golden Horse Award||Best Supporting Actress||Red Dust||Won|
|1992||Best Actress||Centre Stage||Won|
|Hong Kong Film Awards||Won|
|42nd Berlin International Film Festival||Won|
|Chicago International Film Festival||Won|
|Silver Hugo Award||Won|
|1996||Asia-Pacific Film Festival||Best Actress||Comrades: Almost a Love Story||Won|
|Golden Horse Award||Won|
|Hong Kong Film Awards||Won|
|1998||The Soong Sisters||Won|
|2001||In the Mood for Love||Won|
|2004||Cannes Film Festival||Palme d'Or||Nominated|
|2005||Festival des Films du Mond||Exceptional Contribution to Cinematographic Art||Won|
|2007||10th Shanghai International Film Festival||Outstanding Contribution to Chinese Cinema||Won|
- "Miss Hong Kong 1983". misshkbeauties.com. Retrieved 18 September 2010.
- - Miss World Previous Title Holders - 1983
- "Annual Archives - Juries". berlinale.de. Retrieved 18 September 2010.
- "Venice Film Festival (1999)". IMDb. Retrieved 18 September 2010.
- "Juries 2007". festival-cannes.fr. Retrieved 18 September 2010.
- "Jury 2010". festivalmarrakech.info. Retrieved 4 July 2011.
- Hirschberg, Lynn (11 February 2007). "Great Performers". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 September 2010.
- Flynn, Bob (10 April 2007). "Maggie Cheung : Why the Asian Star is turning her back on film". The Independent. London. Archived from the original on 6 April 2008.
- Bob Flynn (10 April 2007). "Maggie Cheung: Why the Asian star is turning her back on film". The Independent. Archived from the original on 19 January 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2011.
- "Honorary degree for Maggie Cheung". Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- "Maggie Cheung Okays with 'Basterds' Cut". China Daily. 22 May 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2009.
- Gritten, David (6 October 2010). "Maggie Cheung returns in Ten Thousand Waves". Telegraph. London. Retrieved 13 October 2010.
- "Maggie Cheung". imdb.com. Retrieved 8 April 2010.
- "Maggie Cheung". chinesemov.com. Retrieved 8 April 2010.
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- One on One with Maggie Cheung, moderated by Kent Jones
- Maggie Cheung at the Internet Movie Database
- Maggie's Bio in The New York Times
- Maggie Cheung - Taking Chinese Modernity to the West
- The Zen of Maggie, The San Francisco Chronicle
- Maggie Cheung & Tony Leung - Glimmer Twins, Village Voice
- Maggie Cheung masterclass at the UK Festival of Chinese Cinema: Cinema China 07
- Maggie Cheung on Clean @dailymotion
- Historical List of Taiwan Golden Horse Award Winners
- Honorary Degree for Maggie Cheung at Edinburgh University