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                           Zhou Xuan  周璇     Aug 1,1918 or 1920 – Sept 22, 1957 

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The voice of Old Shanghai. China's 'Golden Voice' was one of the most popular and important actress/singers of the 1930s and 40s. She made more than 40 movies and recorded 200 songs. She was born Su Pu into a poor family in Changzhou, on August 1st in either 1918 or 1920. At the age of three, she was taken to a family named Wang in Jintan Country. Her name was changed to Wang Xiaohong. Later, she was sent to a family named Zhou in Shanghai and renamed Zhou Xiaohong.

At the age of thirteen, she took Zhou Xuan (beautiful jade) as her stage name. She married Yan Hua in 1938, but their marriage ended in 1941. They had no children. She was eventually to have 2 sons, Zhou Min, who was the eldest, and Zhou Wei who was born just before her death in 1957. She spent her entire life searching for her biological parents but her parentage was never established, until after her tragic death on September 22, 1957 in a mental asylum. A possible cause of death may have been encephalitis following a nervous breakdown.

Her personal life had been a sad one, but she left a timeless legacy - a true legend. She never knew true happiness and longevity in marriage or in love. She never saw her 40th birthday. But the warmth and gold she gave to millions will stay with us forever. 

Filmography (1935-1953)

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Children of Trouble Times (1935) Anthurium Night (1935) Tomboy (1936) Street Angel (1937) ... Xiao Hong  Li San Niang (1939)

The West Chamber (1940)  Romance of Su San (1940) Wandering Songstress (1941) Daughter of the Fisherman (1943)

Dream of the Red Mansions (1944)  You're Smart in One Way, I in Another (1947) ... Yu Bihua  An All-Consuming Love (1947) ... Li Xiangmei

Cherish the Memory of Jiangnan (1947)  Night Inn (1947)  Sorrows of the Forbidden City (1948)  Song of a Songstress (1948) ... Zhu Lan/Liu Ma

Orioles Banished from the Flowers (1948) ... Zhou Ying  Waste Not Our Youth (1949) ... Ah Xie/Fairy

                                                The Flower Street (1950) ... Daping / Xiao Hu's daughter  Rainbow Rhythms (1953)

Daughter Fisherman 漁家女周  2m 52

         Exchange 交换  1m25

     Crazy World 瘋狂世界  1m 54

             Heartfelt  3m 14

            funeral flowers  5m 11 

四季歌  Song of Four Seasons (Angel of the Road 1937)  2m 23

The Song of the Showgirl  2m 46

Zhou Xuan's last appearance  1957  2m 08 Wandering Songstress 1937 (Tianya Singer)  2m 25

Shanghai Nights color 1946 2m 55

        Spring in the Alley  1947

 Unforgettable Youth (1947  82m37  

 Red Song Girl   1944   1m24    Spring in the Alley  1947 1m 48   Warbler  1m 55  Infatuation 3m 04   Truth, Goodness and Beauty 1m 39  Eros' Arrow  1m 47   Good Night  2.59   Interrogating Red Maid   34 secs in - 2m38 =  2m   Exchange 交换  1m19 wedding sg 1m 12  Age of Bloom   1946  1m 46  film 鸞鳳和鳴 / Unchanging Heart   1m 37  swallows flying A. 00-1m14  B. 1m14-3m 09 1m55   

Street Angel  2m 28  showgirl song  2m 46  Don't lose your youth  2m 54   Heartfelt  2m54

Where to find the soulmate  2m 07  "Peach and Plum Spring Breeze  1m 54  warbler 2m45