Betty Loh Ti - Famous Early Film Actress
Betty Loh Ti (simplified Chinese: 乐蒂; pinyin: Lè Dì) (24 July 1937 – 27 December 1968) was a Chinese actress who was often described as the 'Classic Beauty'. In the 1960s, she was popular among both Chinese and Western filmgoers.
Born in Shanghai, Chinese as (simplified Chinese: 奚重仪; pinyin: Xī Zhòngyí), 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 1952 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.
The Enchanting Shadow
In 1960, The Enchanting Shadow(倩女幽魂) was shown at the 1960 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-renowned 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 well received, fans were touched by her performance.
The Love Eterne
In 1963, Betty Loh Ti became the Best Actress of Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan for her role in the legendary blockbuster The Love Eterne. This film had broken the box office record in many South East Asia countries, Taipei even became 'the crazy city'.