Angela Mao Poster


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Overview (4)

Born in Taiwan
Birth NameMao Lin Ying
Nicknames Lady Whirlwind
Lady Kung Fu
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Angela Mao was born as Mao Ching Ying in 1950 as the third of eight children to a family of entertainers for the Peking Opera House. She had a successful career as a Chinesa Opera actress, where her flexibility and martial arts first developed. She was discovered by film producer Raymond Chow who made her a star. Then, she trained in hapkido, and felt attracted to the new kung fu style, on demand by Hong Kong producers. Her career, if not long, was impressive, as she was one of the first women to make that sort of break-through in the film industry, until then reserving the fights and acrobatics to men. She played Bruce Lee's sister in Enter the Dragon (1973), and she also worked with Jackie Chan several times when he was a newcomer. In 1974, she fell in love and married Kelly Lai Chen. Their daughter Hsi Pui Sze was born in 1976. However, the couple divorced. She retired from films in 1983 and moved to America with her second husband when her son George King was born. She moved to Queens, New York in 1993 and eventually opened several Chinese restaurants that she runs with her son and daughter-in-law: Mama King, Nan Bei Ho, New Mei Hua, Guo Ba Inc. She usually declines interviews, because she wanted to lower her profile for the sake of her marriage. In 2008, she visited China to attend the wedding of her daughter, who had been raised by her first husband. In 2016, she gave a reluctant interview to the "New York Times" while feeding her baby granddaughter in one of her restaurants, with her son and daughter-in-law acting as her translators. She said that she still has fans who show up to her restaurants just to see her, but that fame was never as important as taking care of her family.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Artemis-9

Family (1)

Spouse Kelly Lai Chen (1974 - 1980)  (divorced)  (1 child)

Trivia (8)

Trained in hapkido.
Retired from films in 1982 to devote herself to her family.
Mao Ying's family roots originate from Nanjing, China.
Gave birth to her 1st child, a daughter named Hsi Pui Sze, with her husband Kelly Lai Chen. The marriage ended in divorce in 1980, with her first husband raising their child. She married her second husband with whom she had a son named George King in 1983 in America. [1983]
Third child in a family of eight children.
May Joseph, a professor at Pratt Institute who wrote an essay about Ms. Mao as a feminist hero, encapsulated her influence this way: "She was a radical feminist cinematic presence before there was a language for that. She is the Lauren Bacall of kung fu.".
Got into acting to support her family. Most of the money she made in films she gave to them, which is a Chinese tradition.
The first female kung fu star with her name above the movie title.

Personal Quotes (3)

How famous was I? When I was a somebody, Jackie Chan was a nobody.
To be honest, the money was just better in movies. I had to support my family. Most of the money I made I gave to them. This is the Chinese tradition.
This is not a gender situation. I just played myself. I am strong and I am powerful. That is how I became the most important female kung fu actress of my time.

Salary (1)

Enter the Dragon (1973) $100

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