Jeanette Lin Tsui, a major star of Hong Kong cinema of the ’50s and ’60s, died Feb. 22 in Taipei, Taiwan, of heart failure following an asthma attack. She was 60, and had suffered from asthma since childhood.
Born Tseng Ch’i-chen in Shanghai, she moved to Hong Kong after WWII and caught the acting bug while at high school.
In 1954, she signed with Liberty Studio and shot to fame with her first pic, “A Daughter’s Heart,” directed by Chun Kim, whom she married in 1959.
During the late ’50s and early ’60s, Lin was one of a raft of popular Mandarin actress-singers such as Lin Dai and Ge Lan.
After some 50 pix, Lin effectively retired from the screen in the late ’60s. In 1967, she divorced Chun, who subsequently committed suicide. She next married Taiwanese action star Jimmy Wang Yu, whom she divorced in 1975.
Survived by a son from her first marriage and three daughters from her second.