Feb 19, 2008

Hong Kong Veteran Actress Lydia Shum Dies at 60

Lydia Shum a.k.a Fei Fei with daughter Joyce Cheng Yan-yee.

Hong Kong television veteran Lydia Shum died after a protracted fight with liver cancer, local broadcaster Radio and Television Hong Kong reported on its Web site, without citing anyone. She was 60. The actress, affectionately known as Fei-fei for her plump appearance and jolly disposition, died at 8:38 a.m. Hong Kong time at the Queen Mary Hospital, the report said.

She was best known for her comedic roles in Hong Kong films such as ``Drunken Tai Chi.'' Fei means fat in Cantonese. Shum was born in Shanghai and joined Shaw Brothers, founded by Hong Kong media mogul Run Run Shaw, in 1960. Her work in ``Living with Lydia,'' a Singapore sitcom, won her the ``Best Comedy Performance by an Actress'' award at the 2003 Asian Television Awards.

(Citation from Bloomberg)

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