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Also Known As: Zhang Mangu, Zhang Manyu, Cheung Man-Yuk, Maggie Cheung Man-Yuk, Zhang Man Yu Died:
Born: September 20, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Hong Kong Profession: actress, model

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As one of Hong Kong's most popular and well-respected performers, actress Maggie Cheung has thrived on versatility, riding a wave of success in numerous martial arts flicks and acclaimed dramatic films on her way to becoming an international star. Having played everything - an action hero, a comedienne, a damsel in distress, a lovelorn married woman, a suicidal silent film actress, and in one film, herself - Cheung emerged from her native Hong Kong to win acclaim abroad, including in the United States. In Hong Kong, she first established herself as the classic - albeit stereotypical - damsel in distress opposite action hero Jackie Chan in the first three pictures in the "Police Story" (1985-1992) franchise. Unsatisfied with the limiting roles of her early career, Cheung branched out into more challenging dramatic performances through her collaboration with Wong Kar-wai, who directed the actress in "As Tears Go By" (1989), "Ashes of Time" (1994) and the sultry "In the Mood for Love" (2001). In between, she won several top awards for her performance as doomed silent film star Ruan Lingyu in "Centre Stage" (1992), while earning high praise for her role in "Comrades: Almost a Love Story" (1996). But she...

As one of Hong Kong's most popular and well-respected performers, actress Maggie Cheung has thrived on versatility, riding a wave of success in numerous martial arts flicks and acclaimed dramatic films on her way to becoming an international star. Having played everything - an action hero, a comedienne, a damsel in distress, a lovelorn married woman, a suicidal silent film actress, and in one film, herself - Cheung emerged from her native Hong Kong to win acclaim abroad, including in the United States. In Hong Kong, she first established herself as the classic - albeit stereotypical - damsel in distress opposite action hero Jackie Chan in the first three pictures in the "Police Story" (1985-1992) franchise. Unsatisfied with the limiting roles of her early career, Cheung branched out into more challenging dramatic performances through her collaboration with Wong Kar-wai, who directed the actress in "As Tears Go By" (1989), "Ashes of Time" (1994) and the sultry "In the Mood for Love" (2001). In between, she won several top awards for her performance as doomed silent film star Ruan Lingyu in "Centre Stage" (1992), while earning high praise for her role in "Comrades: Almost a Love Story" (1996). But she eventually broke through as an international star with Zhang Yimou's epic historical fantasy "Hero" (2004), which finally allowed Cheung to display her wide-ranging talents to a larger foreign audience.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Diary, The (2007)
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 Clean (2004) Emily Wang
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 Hero (2003) Flying Snow
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 Millennium Mambo (2001)
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 Yijian Zhongqing (2000) Ellen
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 In the Mood for Love (2000) Su Li-Zhen -- Mrs Chan
8.
 Augustin: Roi du kung-fu (1999) Dr Ling
9.
 Twin Dragons (1999) Barbara
10.
 Heroic Trio, The (1997) Chat--The Thief Catcher
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Moved at the age of 8 with her family to England
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Retuned to Hong Kong to begin modeling and appearing in commercials
1983:
Participated in the Miss Hong Kong pageant for which she was awarded first runner-up
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Signed contracts with both TVB and Shaw Brothers Studios; appeared in several drama series and low budget comedies
1985:
Appeared alongside Jackie Chan in "Police Story"
1988:
Again starred opposite Jackie Chan in the "Police Story II"
1989:
Cast in Wong Kar-Wai's "As Tears Go By" with Andy Lau and Jacky Cheung; nominated for Best Actress at the Annual Hong Kong Film Awards
1990:
Appearing in the Chow Yun-Fat action flick "A Better Tomorrow III: Love and Death in Saigon"
1990:
Starred in the family conflict drama "Song of the Exile"
1992:
Won acclaim for her work in "The Actress (Center Stage)," Stanley Kwan's docudrama about a silent film icon
1992:
Starred opposite Jackie Chan in the action films, "Twin Dragons" and the third installment of the Police Story trilogy "Supercop"
1993:
Starred in "The Heroic Trio" which she and fellow action stars Michelle Yeoh and Anita Mui were cast as comic book superwomen
1996:
Starred as herself in "Irma Vep", an actress caught up in the chaos surrounding a filmmaker's attempts to make a tribute to Louis Feuillade's classic serial Les Vampires; directed by Olivier Assayas (whom Cheung later married)
1997:
Starred in Wayne Wang's "Chinese Box" her first English-language film alongside Jeremy Irons and Gong Li
1997:
Won acclaim for her work in the romantic comedy "Comrades, Almost a Love Story," in which she played one of a pair of lovers kept apart for ten years by fate and circumstance
2000:
Starred in the art house darling Wong Kar-Wai's "In the Mood for Love"; won critical acclaim and a Tawianese Golden Horse award
2004:
Starred in "Clean" directed and written by Olivier Assayas
2004:
Starred with Jet Li and Zhang Ziyi in the martial arts epic "Hero" directed by Zhang Yimou
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Notes

"I thought she had something that is fascinating, something I associate more with stars of the past -- she projected something entirely striking but also incredibly modern, like an up-to-date version of an old-fashioned film star. I realized I'd never once made movies with movie stars. I'd made movies with actresses."---Olivier Assayas, Cheung's ex-husband and director for "Irma Vep" to New York Times, November 14, 2004.

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husband:
Olivier Assayas. Married December 26, 1998; divorced 2002.

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