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Golden Horse to recognise Chen Chen

Golden Horse to recognise Chen Chen

By Stephen Cremin

Tue, 02 July 2013, 09:15 AM (HKT)

Awards News

Actress CHEN Chen 甄珍 is to be presented with a lifetime achievement award at the 50th Golden Horse Awards 金馬獎, to be held in Taipei City on 23 Nov 2013.

Born in 1947, a daughter of a movie actress, she moved from Tokyo to Taiwan in 1955. She entered the industry when she was aged 16 in a star recruiting drive by LI Han-hsiang 李翰祥's newly-founded Grand Motion Pictures Co Ltd 國聯影業有限公司.

She made her acting debut in Grand Motion's A Perturbed Girl 天之嬌女 (1966). In the same year, she appeared in YEUNG Siu 楊甦's Many Enchanting Nights 幾度夕陽紅 (1966) and Joseph KUO 郭南宏's When Dreams Come True 明月幾時圓 (1966).

Her best known films include LEE Hsing 李行's Where the Seagull Flies 海鷗飛處 (1974) (pictured), Patrick TSE 謝賢's The Splendid Love in Winter 冬戀 (1974) and LAI Cheng-ying 賴成英's The Glory of the Sunset 煙水寒 (1977).

Chen was one of Taiwan's most beloved romantic leads, most frequently paired with Alan TANG 鄧光榮 and Charlie CHIN 秦祥林. In the mid-1970s, however, actresses Brigitte LIN 林青霞 and Joan LIN 林鳳嬌 eclipsed her in fame and popularity.

In the late 1970s, she moved to the United States with her composer and film-maker husband Steve LIU 劉家昌, returning to appear in only a handful of films. Her most recent film as an actress was Liu's I am a Chinese 我是中國人 (1986).

Liu and Chen were put on a wanted list in 2007, accused of embezzling NT$600 million (US$20.0 million) from the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT). It was later discovered to be an investment by the political party into Liu's multimedia company. They returned to Taiwan in 2009 to clear their names.

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