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Brigitte Lin

Brigitte Lin
Brigitte lin 2015.jpg
Chinese name 林青霞 (traditional)
Chinese name 林青霞 (simplified)
Pinyin Lín Qīngxiá (Mandarin)
Jyutping lam4 cing1 haa4 (Cantonese)
Pe̍h-ōe-jī Lîm Chheng-hâ (Hokkien)
Ancestry Yantai, Shandong
Origin Republic of China (Taiwan)
Born (1954-11-03) 3 November 1954
Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China
Occupation Actress
Years active 1973 - 1994
Spouse(s) Michael Ying
(June 29, 1994 - present)
Children 2

Brigitte Lin (Chinese: 林青霞; pinyin: Lín Qīngxiá) or Brigitte Lin Ching Hsia (born 3 November 1954) is a Taiwanese actress. She was a popular actress, regarded as an icon of Chinese cinema, who acted in both Taiwanese and Hong Kong movies. She retired in 1994, although she had a minor role in the 1998 film Bishonen.


She was born in Taipei, and was "discovered" in 1972 by a film producer, and first appeared in many Taiwanese romance films based on the novels of Chiung Yao. Her movie debut is in Chuangwai. She later switched over to making movies in Hong Kong. At the height of her popularity she was arguably one of the most sought-after actresses in the Chinese film industry. She starred in more than 100 movies.

In Hong Kong movies, Lin made a career of playing transgender roles: in Peking Opera Blues she plays a tomboy who dresses in male Western clothes; in New Dragon Gate Inn she is a woman who dresses as a man, and in Swordsman II and III she plays a male character who castrates himself for power and so is now slowly turning into a woman. She had a good working relationship with Tsui Hark, acting in many of the films he directed (like Peking Opera Blues) and produced (Swordsman II).

She married businessman Michael Ying in 1994 and left the film industry. She has two daughters, born in 1997 and 2001. She made her first public appearance since her marriage at a screening of Ashes of Time Redux at the 2008 New York Film Festival.

Partial filmography

Lin's hand prints and autograph on the Avenue of Stars, Hong Kong
Year Title Awards
1973 Outside the Window breakthrough role
1974 The River of Cloudy
1974 Love, Love, Love
1975 He Loved Once Too Many
1975 The Unforgettable Character
1979 The Wild Goose on the Wing
1976 Eight Hundred Heroes Asia-Pacific Film Festival for Best Actress
1980 Magnificent 72 Golden Horse Award Nomination:
Best Actress
1982 Fantasy Mission Force
1983 Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain Hong Kong Film Award Nomination:
Best Actress
Demon Fighter
1985 Police Story Hong Kong Film Award Nomination:
Best Actress
1986 Peking Opera Blues
Dream Lovers
1990 Red Dust Golden Horse Award:
Best Actress
1991 Swordsman II Hong Kong Film Award Nomination:
Best Actress
1992 New Dragon Gate Inn
Handsome Siblings Hong Kong Film Award Nomination:
Best Actress
Royal Tramp Guest star
Royal Tramp II
Secret Love for the Peach Blossom Spring
1993 Swordsman III
Boys Are Easy
The Black Panther Warriors
Deadful Melody
The Bride with White Hair Lian Ni Chang
The Bride with White Hair 2 Lian Ni Chang
The Eagle Shooting Heroes
1994 Ashes of Time
Chungking Express
Fire Dragon
Semi-Gods and Semi-Devils
The Three Swordsmen
1998 Bishonen
2001 Peony Pavilion
2015 Up Idol

External links

  • Brigitte Lin's microblog at ( (Chinese)
  • Brigitte Lin at the Internet Movie Database
  • Brigitte Lin at Hong Kong Movies Database
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