( - ) was a popular Chinese
singer and film
actress. By the 1940s, she had become one of China's seven great singing stars
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Retrieved on 2007-04-28. She is probably the most well-known of the seven, as she had a concurrent movie career until 1953.
Zhou was born Su Pu (蘇璞), but was separated from her natural parents at a young age and raised by adoptive parents. She spent her entire life searching for her biological parents but her parentage was never established until after her death.
According to later family research, a relative who was an opium
addict took her at the age of 3 to another city and sold her to a family named Wang
, who named her Wang Xiaohong. She was later adopted by a family named Zhou
, changing her name to Zhou Xiaohong.
At the age of 13 she took Zhou Xuan as her stage name, 'Xuan' () meaning beautiful jade
Zhou started acting in 1935, but she achieved stardom in 1937 in Street Angel
, when director Yuan Muzhi
cast her as one of the leads as a singing girl.
"Golden Voice" (金嗓子) was Zhou's nickname to commend her singing talents after a singing competition in Shanghai
, where she came in second. Zhou rapidly became the most famous and marketable popular singer in the gramophone
era up to her death, singing many famous tunes from her own movies.... Read More