Ms. Linda Ching
(1934 - 1964)
Original name Cheng Yue-ru, her screen name Lin Dai was borrowed from her Christian name Linda. Born in Guangxi, Lin followed her father Cheng Si-yuan, a high ranking officer, to Hong Kong in 1948. In 1950, Lin successfully enrolled as actress in the Great Wall Movie Enterprises Ltd, but due to his father’s background, was not given any significant role to play. Disillusioned, she switched to Yung Hwa Studio to make her first film "Singing under the Moon" (1953) and was shot immediately to stardom. Her first award winning film was MP & GI production “Golden Lotus” (1957) in which she played two roles and won the Best Actress at the 4th Asian Film Festival. Other memorable films include “The Battle of Love” (1957) and “Lady in Distress” (1957). In 1958, she claimed another Best Actress with "Diau Charn" (1958). After her marriage in 1961, she starred in "Les Belles"(1961) and "Love without End"(1961), which won her Best Actress at the 9th and 10th Asian Film Festivals, thus making her the only person to have landed the award four times. Her sudden death in 1964 shocked the city, leaving two films incompeted, namely “The Lotus Lamp” (1965) and “The Blue and the Black” (1966). In her short career of 10 years, she starred in over 50 films. Her other important works include "The Kingdom and the Beauty" (1959), “Love Parade" (1963), "The Last Woman of Shang"(1964) and "Beyond the Great Wall" (1964).