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Betty Loh Ti

Betty Loh Ti (29 August 1937 - 27 December 1968) was a Chinese actress who was often described as the 'Chinese Classic Beauty'. In the 1960s, she was popular among both Chinese and Western filmgoers.

Born in Shanghai, China, Betty was raised by her maternal grandmother following her parents' death. With her family, she left Shanghai in 1949 and settled in Hong Kong.

Betty started her career in the film industry in 1954 and played in 44 films until her death in 1968. During this period, she joined three film production companies: Great Wall Film Production Limited (1953-1958), The Shaw Brothers (Hong Kong) Limited (1958-1964), and Motion Picture and General Investments Limited (1964-1968). In her 44 films, she played varied roles which showcased her skill as an actress.

She married the actor Peter Chen Ho in 1962. Her brother Kelly Lei Chen was also an actor with MP&GI. Several sources mention that she committed suicide, although this information is subject to debate.

Major Films

The Enchanting Shadow

In 1960, the Enchanting Shadow was shown in the Cannes Film Festival. The film produced by the Shaw's Brother Production is the first Mandarin film in colour to take in a major international film festival. An enthusiastic reception was given by the Cannes audience to the film, and Betty was praised as 'The Most Beautiful Star of the East'.

Dream of the Red Chamber

In 1962, she played the role of Lin Daiyu in this film, based on the world-known piece of literature of the same name written by Cao Xueqin during the Qing Dynasty, the love tragedy of the graceful girl with her cousin Jia Baoyu. Though the play was not good, fans were touched by her performance.

Love Eterne

In 1963, Betty Loh Ti became the Best Actress of Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan for her role in the legendary blockbuster Love Eterne. This film had broken the box office record in many South East Asia countries, Taipei even became 'the crazy city'. Many people saw the film over hundred times, we can say it was as lengendary as Gone With The Wind in the Mandarin film world.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Betty Loh Ti Facts

BirthdayAugust 29, 1937
BirthplaceShanghai, People's Rep. of China
Date of deathDecember 27, 1968 (age 31)

Selected Filmography

The Love Eterne Shaw's Brothers DVD By IVL
The Dream of The Red Chamber Shaw's Brothers DVD By IVL
The Bride Napping Shaw's Brothers DVD By IVL by Betty Loh Ti
Darling Stay At Home
Rear Entrance Shaw Brothers DVD By IVL
The Story of Sue San Shaw's Brothers DVD By IVL
Sons of the Good Earth
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