Maggie Cheung biography

Maggie Cheung

Date of Birth: September 20, 1964

Born in Hong Kong, Maggie Cheung immigrated with her family to England when she was eight. After completing her secondary school education, she returned to Hong Kong, where she began a modeling career. The next year, at the age of 19, Cheung was first runner-up for Miss Hong Kong 1983. This led to a contract with TVB (the television arm of the Shaw Bros. Studio).

Soon after, she broke into the film industry, doing a number of weak comedies with titles like Prince Charming (1984), Happy Ghost 3 (1986) and Love Hungry Suicide Squad (1988). She got her big break when Jackie Chan decided she should be cast opposite him in Police Story (1988), which also produced a couple of sequels. She played May, Chan's long-suffering girlfriend. While it meant a lot of exposure, she also became typecast in the roles of comics or weak, clumsy women. Realizing this, Cheung wanted to break away by seeking more dramatic roles. She got this opportunity when Wong Kar-Wai cast her in As Tears Go By (1988) and then again in Days of Being Wild (1991).

In 1989, Cheung won two best actress awards: the Taiwan Golden Horse Award for Full Moon in New York (1989) and the HK Film Award for A Fishy Story (1989). In 1991, she became the first Chinese performer to win a Best Actress Award at the Berlin Film Festival for her work in Stanley Kwan's The Actress (1992), in which she played a silent film star. Eventually, Cheung's busy schedule of filming several movies a year and the incessant hounding of Hong Kong tabloids took its toll. In 1994, she took a break to travel across Europe. She returned to film in Olivier Assayas's Irma Vep (1996), starring as herself, an actress caught up in the chaos surrounding a filmmaker's attempts to make a tribute to Louis Feuillade's classic Les Vampires (1915). She went on to marry Assayas in 1998, but they divorced in 2001.

In 1997, Cheung made her first English-language film with Chinese Box (1997) starring Jeremy Irons. She co-starred in Hero (2004) with Jet Li, which received a wide North American release. Cheung reunited with Assayas for Clean (2005), and won the Best Actress Award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival for her performance.

In 2007, she was given the honor of being chosen as a Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival.

Maggie Cheung Filmography

Actor:

  • Ashes of Time Redux (2008)
  • 2046 (2005)
  • Clean (2005)
  • Hero (2004)
  • In The Mood For Love (2001)
  • Love at First Sight (2000)
  • Augustin, King of Kung-Fu (1999)
  • Chinese Box (1997)
  • The Soong Sisters (1997)
  • Comrades: Almost a Love Story (1996)
  • Irma Vep (1996)
  • Ashes of Time (1994)
  • Conjugal Affair (1994)
  • Bare Foot Kid (1993)
  • Boys Are Easy (1993)
  • Enigma of Love (1993)
  • Executioners (1993)
  • First Shot (1993)
  • Green Snake (1993)
  • Holy Weapon (1993)
  • Mad Monk (1993)
  • Moon Warriors (1993)
  • The Eagle Shooting Heroes (1993)
  • The Flying Daggers (1993)
  • The Heroic Trio (1993)
  • White Rose (1993)
  • Dragon Inn (1992)
  • Family Happiness (1992)
  • Millionaire Cop (1992)
  • Supercop (1992)
  • The Actress (1992)
  • The Twin Dragons (1992)
  • Too Happy for Words (1992)
  • True Love (1992)
  • Twin Dragons (1992)
  • What a Hero (1992)
  • Alan and Eric Between Hello and Goodbye (1991)
  • Days of Being Wild (1991)
  • Heart Against Hearts (1991)
  • My Dear Son (1991)
  • Party of a Wealthy Family (1991)
  • The Perfect Match (1991)
  • Today's Hero (1991)
  • Farewell China (1990)
  • Heart Into Hearts (1990)
  • Red Dust (1990)
  • Song of Exile (1990)
  • Will of Iron (1990)
  • A Fishy Story (1989)
  • Double Causes Trouble (1989)
  • Full Moon in New York (1989)
  • In Between Love (1989)
  • Little Cop (1989)
  • Time Warriors (1989)
  • As Tears Go By (1988)
  • Beloved Son of God (1988)
  • Girls Without Tomorrow (1988)
  • Happy Fat New Year (1988)
  • Jackie Chan's Police Story (1988)
  • Last Romance (1988)
  • Love Hungry Suicide Squad (1988)
  • Love Soldier of Fortune (1988)
  • Moon, Stars & Sun (1988)
  • Mother Vs. Mother (1988)
  • Paper Marriage (1988)
  • Heartbeat 100 (1987)
  • Heavenly Fate (1987)
  • Project B (1987)
  • The Game They Call Sex (1987)
  • The Romancing Star (1987)
  • Happy Ghost 3 (1986)
  • The Seventh Curse (1986)
  • Christmas Romance (1985)
  • Modern Cinderella (1985)
  • Police Story (1985)
  • The Story of Rose (1985)
  • Behind the Yellow Line (1984)
  • Prince Charming (1984)

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