Ms. Butterfly Hu
(1908 - 1989)
Original name Hu Shui-wah, Butterfly Hu entered Shanghai’s Zhonghua Film Company’s actors training course in 1924. She made her debut in 1925 as an actress. In 1928 Hu joined Mingxin Film Company and starred in a blockbusting costumed action movie "The Burning of the Red Lotus Temple" (1928). In 1931 Hu appeared in China's first all-sound movie "Singsong Girl Red Peony" (1931). When the Star Daily of Shanghai organised the election of Movie Queen in 1933, Hu came out on top with over twenty thousand votes in her favour and became China's first ever actress to have been elevated to a “Movie Queen” status. During the Sino-Japanese war, Hu came to Hong Kong and made "Rouge Tears" (1938), "The Perfect Beauty" (1940) and other films. After the war, Hu continued her filming career and made a number of Mandarin and Cantonese films such as "Madame X" (1947), "Heavenly Souls" (1949) and "Street Boys" (1960). She was awarded Best Actress at the Asian Film Festival in 1960 with the film "Back Door" (1960). She retired in the late 60s after completion of “Lady in the Tower” (1967) and “When Dreams Come True” (1969).