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|86. Chen Yanyan 陈燕燕 (an actress nicknamed Queen of Tragedies)|
|Chen Yanyan (01/12/1916—05/07/1999) was the daughter of a mandarin, born in Ningpo town of Zhejiang province adjacent to the East Sea. Soon her family moved to Peking. She went to the Moira House Girls School. In 1930 when she was fourteen, she began to like filming. After school, she often went to see film shooting of outdoor scenes by any film companies. |
Once when the movie Spring Dream of Old Capital was in shooting process, she went to the conductor and recommended herself. As she was pretty and lovely, the conductor let her play a side role. She must wear long fur coat and high-heeled shoes, flirting with a bodyguard of some officer. She was only fourteen, and had no such experience. She failed the performance. The part of the film was cut off. Anyway, she was a potential movie star. The conductor went to her home to talk with her parents. As she persevered in her wish to be an actress, her mother agreed first. Originally her father did not like his daughter to be an actress. At last, he yielded to the mother. So the mother accompanied her to Shanghai. Thus she started her filming career.
At first she worked as a trainee, and sometimes helped in the darkroom. Then she played some side roles. Gradually her performing ability was acknowledged in the film circle. She acted in Maternal light, Three Modern Ladies, etc. She was apt to play young girls. So she had the nickname: Little Pretty Bird. In 1936, she acted in New & Old Times, etc. In 1938, she filmed Story of Lute, etc. In 1942, she acted in Madame Butterfly, etc. When she reached mid-age, she acted some tragic roles and was nicknamed Queen of Tragedies.
She got married to the cameraman of the company in 1937 and bore a daughter for him. But soon there was a conflict between them and finally they divorced. Afterwards, she married Wang Hao, an actor. In 1949, they moved to Hong Kong. In 1952, they founded a film company of their own. They shot outside scenes in Hong Kong or Taiwan. When the husband betrayed her, they divorced. And she lived single ever since. She stopped acting in 1972. And in 1993, she was conferred the Memorial Award of the Golden Horse Awards. She died on the seventh of May in 1999 at the age of eighty-three.