One of the greatest starlets of Chinese cinema has passed. Li Li-Hua, star of films like China Doll and The Flower Girl, passed away at the age of 92.
Born on August 17, 1924 to parents who were Peking Opera performers, it was clear that Li-Hua was destined to be an entertainer. She made her film debut at the age of sixteen with a role in the 1940 film 3 Smiles. Li would perform in many dramatic features over the course of nearly four decades, working in many films for the Shaw Brothers amongst others.
In 1958, she starred in a co-lead role in the war film China Doll, a Hollywood production in which she would play a housekeeper and love interest to an American pilot fighting the Japanese, played by the legednary Victor Mature. In 1969, she received the Golden Horse Award (the Taiwanese equivalent of the Academy Awards) for Best Actress for her performance in Storm Over the Yangtze River.
In 1978, after making Dream of the Red Chamber, Li announced her retirement and moved to the United States. In 2015, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 52nd Annual Golden Horse Awards and in 2016, she would receive the same honor at the Hong Kong Film Awards.
She is preceded in death by her husband, prolific actor Yan Jun, who passed away in 1980 and is survived by daughter Yan Delan.
World Film Geek sends its condolences to the family of the legendary Li Li-Hua. As a final tribute, here is the legendary Jackie Chan presenting Li with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Horse Awards in 2015. Sorry for the no subtitles:
Rest in Peace, Li Li-Hua.