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Butterfly Wu: Queen of the Silver Screen

Butterfly Wu (1908-1989) was China’s first “movie queen” and the first Chinese actress to achieve international recognition. In an era when Chinese society still held prejudices against the performing arts, Wu devoted herself to the film industry with sheer passion for movies and acting, and soon became the most popular star actress in Shanghai. In 1931, Wu starred in China’s first sound film Sing-Song Girl Red Peony; In 1933, Wu was voted “Movie Queen”, a title that had since been with her all her life; In 1960, Wu won the Best Actress Award at the 7th Film Festival in Asia held in Tokyo, Japan; In 1985, Wu was accorded Special Award by the Taipei Golden Horse Awards committee, in recognition...

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