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                            Li Lihua  李丽华   1924-2017

                                                            Aliases:  Li Lihua,  Lee Lai-Wah,  Teresa Li,  Li Li-Hwa

                        

The background music playing is Li Li-hua singing Soft Spring Breeze over Peach Embankment from 1943. It is 256 kbps which is high mp3 quality. If you wish to stop this music, please go to the foot of this page and adjust the small player accordingly.

 

Li Li-hua was born in Hebei, China on August 17, 1924 (Lunar July 7, 1924) She was the daughter of famous Beijing opera actress Li Gui-fang and actor Zhang Shao-chuan. She was born premature at 7 months, and was a sickly baby, often crying weakly "miao..ow....miao...ow";  hence her mother  nicknamed her "xiaomi"  meaning little kitten. Her father died when she was four, but her mother lived past 90.  

Before her film debut, the producer devised  a big promotional campaign. A newspaper article appeared daily announcing that Miss Li Lihua would award anyone who helped her find her diamond ring lost at a local circus show. After several days of such publicity, a final announcement mentioned that Li Lihua had found her ring and was grateful to everyone for helping. The producer then released her first movie, drawing a large curious crowd.  Everyone wanted to know who this Li Lihua person was. "San Xiao" (Three Smiles, Shanghai 1940) became a box office success and Li Lihua became an overnight star.

She moved to Hong Kong in 1948. She appeared in films produced by the Great China, Yung Hwa, Great Wall, Shaw Brothers, Lung Ma, Xin Hwa and many more. In 1955, she starred in Blood Will Tell, which was the first color movie in Hong Kong.
She starred in several Shaw Brothers blockbusters, such as The Grand Substitution, The Magnificent Concubine, Empress Wu and Vermilion Door etc. Li won the Best Actress Award at the 3rd and 7th Golden Horse Film Awards in 1965 and 1969 with her performance in Between Tears And Smiles and The Partisan Lovers respectively. She retired from the film industry in 1973, after more than 120 movies. She had the busy, industrious nature of Rat Year combined with Cancer's mystery and allure.

She was nicknamed Hsiao Mi - 'The Evergreen Tree' of Chinese cinema owing to her long and popular movie career and youthful looks. She also made her mark in Hollywood, with Cecile de Mille, Victor Mature, and Yul Bryner among her many admirers. In 1958, she became one of the first Chinese actresses to star in a Hollywood film “China Doll” with Victor Mature. A very young Jackie Chan appeared in 3 films with her. More than half a century later, Chan presented Li with the lifetime achievement award at the 2015 Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan. During his speech, he said: "I called her mother once, but the title has stuck for more than 50 years since then." Chan also described Li as an "eternal star" and an "eternal goddess", before dropping to his knees to present her with the award.

The Singapore Entertainment & Television Eight magazine featured her as one of the Most Beautiful Stars of the 20th Century, describing her as a "Bewitching Belle: She was a diva before the title was trendy. Li LiHua, the classic Chinese femme fatale, exuded a regal air which she lent to to her portrayals of bold women like Empress Wu ...."

UPDATE

Li Li-hua died this week in Hong Kong on Sunday March 19, 2017. She was 92. and will be missed by us all.  Bless you Li LiHua – and thank you so much for being you - a very wonderful person to be. Enjoy your time now singing with the angels. They must be so happy to have one of their own now joining. I recommend anyone who would like to leave a tribute to her and enjoy pictures and music from her - to visit a website dedicated to her memory http://www.lilihua.net. 

                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                Filmography (1940-1978)
            Producer (2 films)
            Revenge of a Beautiful Ghost (1970)           
            The Twins (1971)           
           Actress (104 films)
            3 Smiles (1940)           
            3 Smiles Part Two (1940)           
            Brave Biography (1941)           
            Hearts Aflamed (1941)           
            The Story of Qiuhaitang (1943)           
            Colorful Tokyo (1944)           
            Three Women (1947) ... Jian-Hua     
            Yang Yan Tian (1947)           
            Broken Spring Dreams (1947)           
            Fake Phoenix (1947)           
            The Thousand Mile Escort of Jingnian (1948)           
            The Corn in Ripe for Plucking (1948) ... Li Xueqing     
            The Lady Thief (1948) ... Zhao Lingru     
            A Fisherman's Honour (1949)           
            Our Husband (1949) ... Li Han-Fen     
            The Awful Truth (1950) ... Xue Man-Na     
            The Insulted and the Injured (1950) ... Jiang Mulan     
            Spring Comes and Winter Goes (1950)           
            The Victims (1951) ... Ah Ying     
            Spoiling the Wedding Day (1951)           
            The Flower Girl (1951) ... [title char]     
            The Fiery Phoenix (1951)           
            Red Roses (1952)           
            Sweet Song for You (1952)           
            Sweet Memories (1952)           
            Midas (1952)           
            A Respectable Family (1952)           
            Modern Red Chamber Dream (1952) ... Lin Dai-Yu     
            Green Heaven (1953)           
            A Song to Remember (1953)           
            Qiu Jin, the Revolutionary Heroine (1953)           
            General Chai and Lady Balsam (1953) ... [title char]     
            A Midsummer Night's Love (1953)           
            Heaven of Love, Sea of Sin (1953)           
            Lover Eternal (1953)           
            The Beauty and the Dumb (1954) ... Xiuxiu     
            Girl on the Loose (1954)           
            The Wind Withers (1954)           
            Rose I Love You (1954)           
            What Price Beauty ? (1955) ... Xiao Bai Cai     
            Blood Will Tell (1955)           
            Beauty of Tokyo (1955)           
            Camille (1955)           
            Lady Balsam's Conquest (1955)           
            Our Lovely Baby (1956)           
            Nonya and Baba (1956)           
            A Dark Wench (1956)           
            Madame Butterfly (1956) ... Cio Cio San     
            Rainstorm in Chinatown (1956)           
            Xi Shi (1956)           
            Blind Love (1956)           
            The Secret of a Married Woman (1956)           
            My Lover, the Ghost (1956)           
            The Flame of Love (1956)           
            Red Bloom in the Snow (1956) ... Xue Lihong     
            Happy Union (1957) ... Shui Ping-Hsin     
            No Time for Love (1957)           
            The Great Wall of China (1957)           
            Story of Lu Siniang (1958)           
            The Film World's Merry Song (1958)           
            The Story of Yuan Yuan Hong (1958)           
            A Romantic Lady (1959)           
            The Long Voyage Home (1959)           
            A Shot in the Dark (1960)           
            The Pistol (1961) ... Bus passenger     
            Big and Little Wong Tin Bar (1962)           
            The Black Fox (1962)           
            Yang Kwei Fei (1962) ... Yang Kwei Fei/Yang Yu Huan     
            Angel of the Wilderness (1962)           
            Mung Li Chuen (1963)           
            Three Sinners (1963) ... Yan Xi Jiao (Yen Hsi-Chiao)     
            The Adulteress (1963) ... Xiao Bai-Cai     
            The Empress Wu Tse-tien (1963) ... Empress Wu Zhao / Nun Ming Kong     
            The Second Spring (1963)           
            Liang San Poh and Chu Ing Tai (1964) ... Liang Shanbo     
            The Story of Qin Xianglian (1964)           
            The Coin (1964) ... Taxi-dancer Ye Lan     
            Between Tears and Laughter (1964) ... Shen Feng Shian/Ho Li Shia     
            Squadron 77 (1965)           
            Call of the Sea (1965)           
            Vermillion Door (1965) ... Luo Xiang-Yi     
            The Grand Substitution (1965) ... Princess Chuan Ji     
            The Joy of Spring (1966)           
            Lady Jade Locket (1967) ... Yang Yue Wei     
            Rape of the Sword (1967) ... Geng Liu Niang     
            The Goddess of Mercy (1967) ... Princess Miao Shang     
            The Partisan Lovers (1969) ... Ah Lan     
            Storm Over the Yang-Tse River (1969)           
            Secret Agent Chang Jiang No.1 (1970)           
            Four Moods (1970)           
            A Tale of Ghost and Fox (1970)           
            Revenge of a Beautiful Ghost (1970)           
            The Unforgotten Ones (1970)           
            The Longest Appointment (1971)           
            Liufu Tea House (1971)           
            Five Plus Five (1971)           
            The Widow Takes Revenge (1971)           
            The Twins (1971)           
            Golden Rose (1972)           
            The Fate of Lee Khan (1973) ... Wendy     
            The Legend of Mother Goddess (1975)           
            Unforgetable Heroine (1975)           
            Boxer Rebellion (1976) ... Empress Dowager     
            Dream of the Red Chamber (1978) ... Ladyship

 

               Li Lihua at You Tube

 

                        Grass on the Wall  1948/4/22

 

 

 

                              West Lake in Spring  1943

 

     Soft Spring Breeze Over Peach Blossom Embankment

                          Four New Seasons  1943

 

 

                           Waiting For His Return In Vain

 

                  China Doll   1956 (with Victor Mature)

                   Li LiHua Goes To Hollywood