Veteran actress Qin Yi, 100, dies in Shanghai

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Qin Yi, a film actress of enduring popularity in China, died in Shanghai on May 9. She was 100 years old.

Born on Feb 4, 1922, Qin Yi, originally named Qin Dehe, was one of eight daughters in the family. In 1938, she received training in acting in Chongqing, the temporary capital of China during the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression (1931-45). She rose to stardom after the war as the leading role in Far Away Love, co-starring actor Zhao Dan.

After 1949, she joined the Shanghai Film Studio, where she created some of the most memorable characters of Chinese women on the movie and TV screens, such as in Woman Basketball Player No. 5, Song of the Youth, and Under the Eaves of Shanghai.

As one of the most popular film actresses in China through the 1950s and '60s, she was praised by premier Zhou Enlai as "the most beautiful woman in China".

In her later years Qin spent much of her time and effort taking care of her son, Jin Jie, who suffered from schizophrenia and died at the age of 59 in 2007, while carrying on with her acting career. She made one of her last film appearances in Legend of the Demon Cat (2017), directed by Chen Kaige.

Qin was named People's Artist in 2019. She was the first filmmaker to win this honorary title from the Chinese government.

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