Ms. Ivy Ling Po
Original name Wong Yu-kwan, and acquired new name of Kwan Hoi-tong after adoption, Ivy Ling Po's on screen career started in 1954, when she took part in Amoy dialect movies. In 1961, she joined Shaw Brothers and became a voice double for the film "Dream of the Red Chamber" (1962). Director Li Han-hsiang saw her potential and cast her as the "male" lead in "The Love Eterne" (1963). The film was a huge success in Hong Kong and Taiwan alike and won the Special Performance Award of the 2nd Golden Horse Awards. It was said that when she visited Taipei, the entire city population came out to greet her. Taipei had gone "berserk" for "Brother Liang" (the character she played in the film). Even nowadays many of her fans still call her by that nickname. Riding on her success, she went on to make a series of Huangmei opera movies : “A Maid from Heaven” (1963), "The Mermaid" (1965), "The Three Smiles" (1969) and “Lady General Hua Mulan” (1964), the latter won her the Best Actress Award of the 11th Asia Pacific Film Festival. As Huangmei movies began losing popularity, she switched to melodramas like “Song of Tomorrow” (1967) and “The Silent Love” (1971). She also won the Best Actress Award of the 6th Golden Horse Awards with "Too Late for Love" (1967). She opened Jinri Film Company together with her husband Chin Han and made “Crossroad” (1976), “Dream of the Red Chamber” (1978) and “The Imperious Princess” (1980) etc. From the 1980s onwards, she resided in Taiwan and occasionally appeared on TV.