Bai Guang

Bai Guang (白光, 1921 under the birth name 史永芬 Shǐ Yǒngfēn in Beiping, now Beijing, China - August 27, 1999 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) was a famous movie star and singer. By the 1940s, she became one of the seven great singing stars. In her early years, Bai was a student of the Beiping Salon Theatrical Troupe (北平沙龙剧团), and once performed Cao Yu's play Sunrise. In 1937, she studied at the University of Tokyo's music department until World War II in 1942. After drama school, she wanted to be a movie star. As she proclaimed, she wanted to be like the beams of light coming off the movie projectors onto the big screen. Hence, her stage name was 白光, which translated to White Light. Her mandopop songs were often used in many of the movies as soundtracks. She had a slightly deep and hoarse voice, which helped her become a big star in Shanghai. Bai's big screen career started in 1943. She was known for playing seductive roles with her flirtatious image on screen, and have also played villain roles at times. After the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949, A Forgotten Woman was the first PRC film shown in Hong Kong. Even the governor, Alexander Grantham went as a fan. In 1950 Bai retired from being a singer in China, and resided in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. In 1953 she successfully opened a nightclub in Japan's Tokyo Ginza District. She later settled in Hong Kong with her last appearance in 1995 at Hong Kong's TV top 10 Chi...

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