Ms. Zhou Xuan
(1920 - 1957)
Original name Su Pu, Zhou Xuan was also named Wang Xiao-hong or Zhou Xiao-hong. She joined a troupe of performers at the age of 12. Once voted one of The Ten Best Singers in Shanghai, she was also known as the "Golden Voice" of her time. Zhou started to act in movies from 1935 onwards and shot to fame with the film "Street Angel" (1937) and the songs she sang in the film "Wandering Songstress" and "Song of the Four Seasons", became extremely popular. In 1938, she joined Guohua Film Company and starred in “The West Chamber”(1940) and “Three Charming Smiles” (1940). As her voice was well loved by the public, every film she made had songs inserted. During the Japanese occupation she was a major actress in China United Film Company Ltd, starring in “Daughter of the Fisherman” (1943), “Songs of Harmony”(1944) and “Songs of the Phoenix” (1944). In 1946, she was invited to Hong Kong by Jiang Bo-ying to play in a number of singing films : “An All-consuming Love” (1947), “Orioles Banished from the Flowers”, “Song of a Songstress” (1948) and “Waste Not our Youth” (1949), all for Great China Film Company. She also acted in “Sorrows of the Forbidden City” (1948) for Yung Hwa Studio. “Rainbow as You Wish” (1953) was her last film in Hong Kong before she returned to Shanghai.