Ms. Connie Chan
Original name Ho Pui-kan, Connie Chan Po-chu came from a poor family and was raised by her adopted parents Chan Fei-nung and Kung Fan-hung, both Cantonese opera singers. She learned the skills of Cantonese opera from her adpoted parents and further polished her performing skills under the apprenticeship of Beijing opera master Fen Juhua and Cantonese opera superstar Yam Kim-fai. Hence she was trained in both the Southern and Northern styles of martial arts and operas. At age 11, he made her screen debut with "Madame Chun Heung-lin" (1958) but it was not until late 1960s that she gained real fame when she starred in “Colourful Youth” (1966) together with Josephine Siao Fong-fong. She became one of the most popular actresses in the 1960s and in 1967 alone, she played in 32 films, including “Girls are Flowers” (1966), “Lady Bond” (1966), “Summer and Spring” (1967) and “Mary, I Love You” (1969). Chan is a versatile actress and she can play both male and female roles. She appeared in films like costumed action movies, dramas, comedies and also musicals. An icon of young girls in the 60s, her popularity was a all time high and she was named "Movie Princess" by her fans. In 1972, she left the silver screen when productions of Cantonese films came to a halt. In 1999, she returned to the theatre, starring in “A Sentimental Journey”(1999), soon to be followed by stage works “The Red Boat” (2000) and “Only You” (2006). As of today, Connie was still active in opera performance, and was involved in “Dream of the Red Chamber” (2012) and “The Reincarnation of Red Plum” (2014).