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|88. Yuan Meiyun 袁美云 (first actress in China acting a boy)|
|Yuan Meiyun（1917—02/19/1999）was born in Hangzhou city of Zhejiang province. She began to learn Peking opera at six and acted on the stage at nine. When her father died, her mother, for five hundred yuan, let her daughter of ten learn acting further from an expert in that field. Her performance was applauded by audience, which attracted the attention of a movie conductor. |
In 1932, at the age of fifteen, she acted in the film Little Actress. The heroine in the film had almost the same experience as she, and so she acted the role like living her own life. The film was a great success. She was then nicknamed Little Actress. In 1933, after she finished some more films, she took the main role in a film shooting an Peking opera. As she learned Peking opera as a little girl, her performance in that movie was excellent. Then in the movie Disguised Girl, she acted a boy, which was a comedy. The movie was welcomed by the audience. Therefore, it became a serial.
In 1937 when Shanghai was occupied by the Japanese, she filmed The Lady of the Camellias, Sunrise, Lady''s Fan, etc. In 1938, she went to Hong Kong and filmed Female Master there. In 1944, she acted the hero, not the heroine, in the Red Chamber Dream. Once she had an accident. At that time, all the film studio in China had an underground level like basement. When it was night and she went to her dressing room to change. She missed a step and got the fall. She rolled through the staircase into the basement and fainted. Luckily she only hurt her knees as there were wooden chips and nails. When the film Red Chamber Dream finished, she gained a bit weight and did not look so good on the screen as before. Her health got poor and she stopped acting in 1948.
In 1938, she and her husband joined the same film company and they began to like each other. Afterwards, her husband turned to be the conductor. When she stopped filming, she helped her husband to make the films. They returned to the mainland in the eighties and lived a retired life there till their last days.