|Faye Wong Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 9 in|
|Date of Birth||August 8, 1969|
Faye Wong is a Hong Kongese singer, songwriter, and actress who is widely regarded as one of East Asia’s greatest pop stars. In a career spanning more than 30 years, she has released 20 studio albums and recorded songs in several languages including Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, French, and English. She has also acted in a few TV series and produced critically acclaimed performances in films such as Chungking Express (1994) and Chinese Odyssey 2002 (2002).
Faye Wong, Miss Charm, Shirley Wong, Diva of Asia
Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China
She splits her time between Hong Kong, and Beijing, China.
Faye, after her high school graduation, in 1987, was accepted to the Xiamen University, a national public research university in Xiamen, Fujian, China.
Singer, Songwriter, Actress
- Father – Wang Youlin (Mining Engineer)
- Mother – Xia Guiying (Singer) (Deceased)
- Siblings – Wang Yi (Older Brother)
- Others – Dou Shaoru (Ex-Father-in-Law), Li Yawei (Ex-Brother-in-Law)
Cantopop, Mandopop, C-Rock, Dream Pop, Buddhist Music, J-pop, Alternative Rock
- Cinepoly Records
- EMI Group Limited
- Sony Music Entertainment
- Chaotic Silence
Faye Wong’s net worth had been $150 million according to CelebrityNetWorth.com.
5 ft 9 in or 175 cm
63 kg or 139 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Faye has dated –
- Nicholas Tse (2000-2003, 2014-Present) – Faye began dating Hong Kongese actor, martial artist, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, and chef Nicholas Tse, 11 years her junior, in June 2000. They broke up in 2003. In 2014, it was reported that Faye had rekindled her relationship with Nicholas, who had filed for divorce from actress Cecilia Cheung in June 2011.
- Dou Wei (1995-1999) – She started dating Chinese musician, singer, songwriter, and composer Dou Wei in 1995, and the couple got married in June 1996. They have a daughter together named Leah Dou aka Dou Jingtong (b. January 3, 1997) (Singer, Songwriter). They got divorced in late 1999 with Faye claiming the rights to their daughter and waiving child support.
- Li Yapeng (2004-2013) – Faye began dating Chinese actor Li Yapeng in 2004 and they got married on July 28, 2005. Around the time of the wedding, her manager had stated that she might take an indefinite break from the entertainment business. They have a daughter together named Li Yan aka Lyla (b. May 2006). Li Yan was born with a cleft lip, and in November 2006, Faye and Li Yapeng established a charity called the Smile Angel Foundation, to help other children suffering from that condition. The foundation is said to have raised funds in excess of 35 million renminbi and helped more than 2000 children. In May 2008, after the disastrous earthquake in the Chinese province of Sichuan, the couple had temporarily adopted a girl, who had lost a leg trying to save her classmates, as she underwent recuperation and treatment in Beijing. The girl, a middle school student, had returned to her hometown a year later. Faye and Li Yapeng, though, continued to pay for her medical needs until she turned 22. The couple got divorced in September 2013.
Race / Ethnicity
She is of Chinese descent.
- Slender frame
- Center-parted, neck-length hair
- Affable smile
- Radiant face
- Often wears a red string around her right hand which symbolizes Buddhism
Faye has been featured in the TV commercials for –
- Just Gold (1994)
- Virgin Airlines (1996)
- Motorola (1997)
- J-Phone (1999)
- Head & Shoulders (2000)
- Pepsi (2000)
- Jovelle beauty care (2005)
She has served as the spokesperson for –
- PepsiCo (in Asia)
- Baleno Holdings Limited (clothing brand)
Faye Wong Facts
- Faye, the first part of her stage name, translates to Fairy/Princess/Queen in English.
- Inspired by her mother, a revolutionary music soprano, Faye had developed a strong interest in music from a very young age. There were occasions when her school had to hide her musical activities from her strict mother. Despite her mother’s opposition, she had released 6 low-cost cover albums between 1985 and 1987, while she was still in high school.
- In 1987, she had migrated to Hong Kong, from Beijing, to join her father, who had been working there for a few years. She had planned to stay there for a year to fulfill the permanent residency requirement and become eligible to attend a university abroad.
- Around this time, she had had a brief modeling stint and had started taking singing lessons. After finishing 3rd in an ABU (Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union) singing contest in 1988, she had signed a contract with the Hong-Kong-based record label Cinepoly Records.
- The label had asked her to change her name to a more sophisticated stage name Wong Jing Man and her English name was to be Shirley. In 1989, her debut album, titled Shirley Wong, had sold more than 30,000 copies.
- Her next 2 albums sold worse than her debut album and frustrated by this, she had moved to New York City for vocal studies. She soon returned to Hong Kong, though, and found a new agent. Her next album, titled Coming Home (1992), had prominently featured the English name Faye and the word Jing, a reference to her hometown Beijing.
- Her fans call themselves ‘Fayenatics’, a term derived from a popular internet mailing list from 1997.
- In 2000, she had entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling Cantopop female artist, with an estimated 9.7 million albums sold by March 2000.
- The titular pop-star character of the 2001 Japanese film All About Lily Chou-Chou was conceived after the film’s director had attended one of Faye’s concerts.
- Her right eyeball is dry and cannot produce tears. This is the reason all of her crying scenes in the 2004 romantic drama film titled 2046 were filmed from the left side of her face.
- In 2008, she was voted ‘Asia’s Sexiest Vegetarian Woman’ in a poll conducted among members of the American animal rights organization PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). She was nominated for the award in 2010 as well.
- In 2009, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, a government web portal conducted an online poll to identify the most popular/influential Chinese cultural icons of the last 60 years. Faye had received more than 7 million votes, second only to the deceased Taiwanese singer, actress, musician, and philanthropist Teresa Teng, Faye’s idol.
- In April 2010, the China Social Sciences Press, a Chinese state-level publishing house, recognized her as one of the 13 ‘richest souls’ in China, in recognition of her charitable work.
- In March 2012, the Smile Angel Foundation, co-founded by her, donated 15 million Japanese yen to ChildFund Japan, the Japanese chapter of ChildFund, a child-focused international development organization, to help needy children after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. The same year, the foundation established China’s first charity pediatric hospital, in Beijing.
- The female protagonist in the 2013 Chinese film Beijing Flickers was prototyped after her, as per the film’s director Zhang Yuan.
- She was ranked in the ‘Top 5’ on the Forbes China Celebrity 100 list in 2004, 2005, 2011, and 2012.
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