Gong Li

Gong Li at the [[2019 Venice Film Festival]] Gong Li (Chinese:巩俐; born 31 December 1965) is a Chinese-born Singaporean actress, often regarded as the greatest actress in China today. She starred in three of the four Academy Award for Best International Feature Film-nominated Chinese-language films.

Gong was born in Shenyang, Liaoning, and grew up in Jinan, Shandong. She enrolled at the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing, from where she graduated in 1989. While a student at the Academy, she was spotted by director Zhang Yimou and debuted in Zhang's ''Red Sorghum'' in 1987. Gong and Zhang's professional and personal relationship received much media attention in the Chinese-speaking world, as they continued to collaborate on a string of critically acclaimed movies, including the Oscar-nominated features ''Ju Dou'' (1990) and ''Raise the Red Lantern'' (1991). For her role in the Zhang-directed ''The Story of Qiu Ju'' (1992), Gong won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival.

Gong also starred in the Chen Kaige-directed Oscar-nominated ''Farewell My Concubine'' (1993), for which she won Best Supporting Actress at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards. Other notable appearances include ''Flirting Scholar'' (1993), ''To Live'' (1994), ''Chinese Box'' (1997), ''The Emperor and the Assassin'' (1998), ''Breaking the Silence'' (2000), ''Zhou Yu's Train'' (2003), ''2046'' (2004), ''Memoirs of a Geisha'' (2005), ''Miami Vice'' (2006), ''Curse of the Golden Flower'' (2006), and ''Coming Home'' (2014). Gong was head of jury at the 2000 Berlin Film Festival and the 2002 Venice Film Festival, the first Chinese to hold such position at both events. Throughout her career, Gong has won three Hundred Flowers Awards, two Golden Rooster Awards, and honorary awards at the Berlin and Cannes film festivals. She was appointed a Commander (Commandeur) of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the government of France in 2010. Provided by Wikipedia
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