Television host Cao Kefan revealed on his Weibo account that Hsia Meng has passed away in Hong Kong at the age of 83. Heralded as a Great Beauty of Chinese cinema in the Fifties, Hsia Meng starred in many films such as The Peerless Beauty, A Widow’s Tears and A Torn Lily.
Born Yang Meng in Shanghai, Hsia Meng began her career at the age of 18 in 1951 in her first film A Nighttime Wife and that led to instant stardom for the beautiful starlet.
She was the longtime muse for acclaimed martial arts novelist Jin Yong (aka Louis Cha) and it was widely rumored that he was also in love with her for a long time. However, his love was unrequited as she married businessman Lin Baocheng when she was 21 years old. They remained friends and Cha even attended the funeral for Hsia’s husband when he passed away in 2007.
Hsia was famous for her roles in many movies based on Jin Yong novels, playing the intelligent and cool female leads in ‘Legend of the Condor Heroes’, ‘Return of the Condor Heroes’ and ‘Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils’. She left show business in 1967 after appearing in her final film ‘Oh, The Spring’s Here!’ and moved to Canada with her husband thereafter.
Her death has moved many in the industry with the likes of famous writer Dong Qiao and Hong Kong actor Andy Lau expressing their condolences.