Title : Veteran Actress
Birthplace : Shanghai
Born : 1947
Lydia Shum Din-Ha, known as Fei-fei, or Fatty, and one of Hong Kong’s most popular comedian actresses, died of liver tumor and other complications on Tuesday morning in a hospital in Hong Kong. I was deeply saddened by her death.. because I watched her .. while growing .. and grew old with her.
Lydia was born in July, 1947 into a well-off large family in Shanghai and ranked the fifth among the family’s eight children. She made her film debut in 1960, joined the Hong Kong-based Shaw Brothers, a famous film company, as a child actress and rose to stardom with the free-to-air television broadcaster TVB’s variety show Enjoy Yourself Tonight, which was hugely popular in Hong Kong for over 20 years. With her signature smile, dark-rimmed glasses and comic hairstyle, Shum established herself as a comic and dramatic actress.
Her successful career spanning almost half a century also included the role as a TV hostess. Shum married Hong Kong actor and singer Adam Cheng Siu-chow in 1985 after they lived together years. The two split up in 1987, only eight months after their daughter and only child Joyce was born.
Shum, dogged by numerous health problems, including chronic ailments such as cholangitis, diabetes and hypertension, was lately admitted to hospitals repeatedly. She was diagnosed with liver tumor and cancer around the gallbladder in 2006 and was discharged from hospital in July 2007 after an operation to remove a third of her liver.
Her death came quickly .. and it was a tragic to the film industry in Hong Kong as we all know how well-loved Fei Fei was to alot of ppl. On Feb 24, 2008, the body of Lydia was escorted by her daughter, Joyce and was taken by Cathay Pacific passenger flight from Hong Kong to Vancouver and rest in peace in Burnaby’s Forest Lawn Memorial Park in a private ceremony.
On Feb 26, 2008, the mayor of Vancouver, Sam Sullivan, proclaimed June 1, 2008 as Fei Fei Day, that day happens to be Lydia’s lunar calendar birthday.