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Vivian Chow performing at a Leo Ku Concert in Hong Kong in September 2007
|Chinese name||周慧敏 (traditional)|
|Jyutping||Zau1 Wai6-man5 (Cantonese)|
10 November 1967 |
|Occupation||Singer, actor, songwriter, Master of Ceremonies, radio host, philanthropist|
|Genre(s)||Cantopop, Mandopop, Japanese pop, Gospel|
|Years active||1986–1997, 2006–present|
|Spouse(s)||Joe Nieh (2009–present)|
|Ancestry||Zhongshan, Guangdong, China|
|Influences||Yoshie Kashiwabara, Teresa Tang|
Vivian Chow (Chinese: 周慧敏; pinyin: Zhōu Huìmǐn) is a Hong Kong-based Cantopop singer and actress. She is well known for her ladylike stage image as well as her charity works for animal rights and breast cancer awareness.
Chow was born in Hong Kong and brought up by her mother and grandmother. Her father died the same year before she was born due to heart problems. As a child, Chow studied at St. Stephen's Church College, passing A-levels (thirteenth grade) in high school. She also gained 7th grade in piano.
Radio years: 1987–1991
After high school, Chow entered the Fourth Annual New Talent Singing Awards in 1985 with Yoshie Kashiwabara's song Saiai (最愛), a song she later covered in Cantonese. The same contest also saw the rise of William So (蘇永康) and Hacken Lee. Although Chow did not receive any prizes in the contest, this failure did not diminish her hopes of becoming a singer, instead, Chow entered the entertainment business by becoming a DJ in Radio Television Hong Kong in 1987 after coming second in an amateur DJ contest in 1986.
As a DJ for RTHK, Chow was the main character in three of the radio dramas, they are "Love in the Summer" (夏之戀) as 'Tung Tung' "The Teenage Period" (青蔥歲月) as 'Fong Ka Yiu', and "Life in Paris" (在巴黎的日子) as 'Joyce'.
In 1988, Chow made her movie debut in the smash-hit comedy "Heart to Hearts" (三人世界). She played the role of the daughter of Carol Cheng, a single mother who is quite protective of her. They then meet a man played by George Lam. For her role in the series, Chow won the 'Best New Performer' award of 1989.
In the same year that Chow won the 'Best New Performer' award, she also released her first album, titled by her Chinese name, 周慧敏. This album contained only four songs, and its main purpose was to test the response of the people of Hong Kong for the rising star. Sales did not disappoint, and Chow started to develop her own fan-base by releasing two new albums, Vivian and Qing Mi (情迷), in 1990; 5 new albums (see Discography) in 1991, and six new albums in 1992–1993. Chow had to take Mandarin lessons to perfect her pronunciation prior to the release of the Mandarin album, Liu Yan (Rumors, 流言). The most prominent of a crop of female singers with a wholesome, ingenue public persona the media dubbed her "玉女掌門人", a moniker that can be roughly glossed as "Leader of the Ingenues". Also,as her body and skin hardly aged due to her being away from water and the sun, she also became an ageless wonder.
Chow retired from the Chinese entertainment scene in 1997 when Chow and her longtime partner, Joe Nieh, emigrated to Vancouver, Canada between 1997 and 2003 after she finished her careers in Taiwan and Japan. It was also revealed that her TV, movie, agency and record contracts all expired in 1997, so she never sought extensions and tried to gain work experiences outside of the entertainment and music industries. However, she continued to make frequent trips to Hong Kong to visit her family and to support animal-rights charities. She also became a painter, artist, writer and a pool player. Chow and Nieh returned to Hong Kong in 2003 because the outbreak of SARS stopped them from returning to Canada,and they married in 2009. In 2011, when she hosted the 25th Anniversary concert, it was a few days after Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster and 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, when Yoshie Kashiwabara came to Hong Kong as one of her special guests, she also decided to sell her CD's and a few souvenirs, with all proceeds given to charity for the Japanese Relief Funds.
In 2013, Chow started her own talent agency, and her agent is Lorraine Chan (Leo Ku's wife) a talent agent. This is the second time in her career to be managed by her.
In 2014, Chow starred in Cafe. Waiting. Love, and also released a gospel album "HIM".
- Zhou Hui Min 周慧敏 (1989)
- Vivian (1990)
- Qing Mi 情迷 (1990)
- A Long & Lasting Love (1991)
- Endless Dream (1992)
- Zhou Hui Min Zhen Qin Jing Xuan 周慧敏真情經選 (1992)
- Dong Ri Lang Man 冬日浪漫 (1992)
- Liu Yan 流言 (1992)
- Jin Zai Bu Yan Zhong 盡在不言中 (1993)
- Zui Ai 最愛 (1993)
- Xinshi Chong Chong 心事重重 (1993)
- Xin Qu + Jing Xuan 新曲+經選 (1993)
- Likai You lv De Xi Guan 離開憂鬱的習慣 (1994)
- Zhiji Zhi Bi 知己知彼對唱精選輯 (1994)
- Gan Qing De Fen Li 感情的分禮 (1994)
- Cheng Zheng 成長 (1994)
- Hongye Luo Sou De Shi Hou 紅葉落索的時候 (1994)
- Zhou Hui Min 1994 Mei De Hua Shen Concert 周慧敏'94美的化身演唱會 (1995)
- Duo Yi Dian Ai Lian 多一點愛戀 (1995)
- Chu Chu Liu Qing 處處留情 (1995)
- Qing Mi Xin Qiao 情迷心竅 (1995)
- Shi Jian 時間 (1996)
- Re Min 熱敏 (1996)
- Zhou Hui Min De Min Gan Di Dai 周慧敏的敏感地帶 (1997)
- Hui Yi Cong Jin Tian Kai Shi 回憶從今天開始 (1997)
- Wan Qian Chong Ai San Shi Shou 萬千寵愛30首 (1998)
- Pun Jai 盆栽 (2011)
- Heart to Hearts (三人世界) (1988)
- Path of Glory (1989)
- The Romancing Star III (精裝追女仔(三)) (1989)
- Happy Together (相見好) (1989)
- Xiao nan ren zhou xian (小男人周記/Yuppie Fantasy) (1989)
- The Unmatchable Match (風雨同路) (1990)
- Goodbye Hero (玩命雙雄) (1990)
- Heart into Hearts (三人新世界) (1990)
- The Perfect Match (1991)
- Devil's Vindata (妖魔道) (1991)
- Fruit Bowl (Yes!一族) (1991)
- Fun and Fury (1992)
- Heart Against Hearts (三人做世界) (1992)
- Stone Man (石頭記) (1992)
- Fire on Ice (血染黎明) (1992)
- Tulips in August (八月鬱金香) (1992)
- Arrest the Restless (藍江傳之反飛組風雲) (1992)
- Girls Without Tomorrow 1992 (現代應召女郎) (1992)
- Summer Lover (夏日情人) (1992)
- Angel Hunter (女校風雲之邪教入侵) (1992)
- Rage and Passion (中神通王重陽) (1992)
- The Kung Fu Scholar (倫文敘老點柳先開) (1993)
- Tom, Dick, and Hairy (風塵三俠) (1993)
- No Regret, No Return (走上不歸路) (1993)
- Family Affairs (清官難審) (1994)
- To Love Ferrari (我愛法拉利) (1994)
- A Stage of Turbulence (刀马旦) (1995)
- Top Banana Club (金裝香蕉俱樂部) (1996)
- All About Love (得閒炒飯) (2010)
- Café. Waiting. Love (2014)
- Bengal Cat- 我的貓兒子周慧豹 (2004)
- Chen, Eric (1 July 2014). "Hong Kong Pop Star Vivian Chow Wai-Man: 'Salvation Comes from Jesus, Not Self-Development'". The Gospel Herald. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
- Vivian Chow at hkmdb.com
- Vivian Chow at chinesemov.com