Why is she the most beautiful?
There are lots of beautiful actresses in the entertainment business. Why is Brigitte Lin Ching Hsia the most gorgeous? Just look at her pictures. Oval face, big bright eyes, small tall nose, a very proportionate body, and her signature cleft chin. She's really got the best features from her parents. Unlike many actresses today, Brigitte is all natural. No procedures done to her heavenly face; she represents natural beauty. Even though Lin Ching Hsia is now over sixty, she is still elegant. Beauty and youth will not last forever for anyone. But, when a gorgeous lady ages gracefully with age, it's really a beautiful thing.
Background and Childhood
Brigette Lin Ching Hsia was born in Taipei, Taiwan on November 3, 1954 of Northern Chinese roots. Using the Chinese pinyin system, Brigette's name is known as "Lin Qing Xia" by her mainland fans. Both of her parents were from the province of Shandong in China. After the Chinese civil war, Lin's parents decided to move to Taiwan along with other Chinese Nationalist Party members. In 1972, Lin was discovered on the streets by a scout. That was how the iconic Chinese actress started in the entertainment business. Not intentionally pursuing a career in acting, but her beauty got her into the business by fate.
Lin's Early Films
During Brigitte Lin's early days in the entertainment business, she played the female lead in many romantic films. Partnered with Taiwan's most famous writer Chiung Yao, Lin Ching Hsia won the hearts of everyone during the 1970's. One of the most nostalgic film for Chinese speaking audience, Outside the Window, was Lin's debut in acting. In this film, Lin played a young student falling in love with her teacher. This was also a true story based on the life of Chiung Yao. It was also because of this film, Lin was first recognized by Chinese fans and influential directors.
Lin Ching Hsia and Chin Han
One of the most intriguing love stories in the Chinese entertainment industry, the relationship between Lin and Chin was very complicated. Lin met Chin on set in her debut film, Outside the Window. It was love at first sight. However, Chin was already married at the time. So, it was extremely difficult for the two of them to love each other. During the conservative 1970's, it was extremely hard for Lin because being with a married man was not acceptable. This tarnished her image. Between her relationship with Chin Han while he was married, Lin was fiercely pursued by another male lead actor, Charlie Chin. This actor is tall and gorgeous just like Chin Han. They were engaged for a short period of time before going their separate ways. Ultimately, it was still Chin Han that Lin loves so dearly at heart. Many speculated that it was because of Chin Han that Lin Ching Hsia was not able to marry Charlie Chin. Finally, Chin Han had a divorce and they got back together publicly. However, for some reason, they never got married. When Lin Ching Hsia was 40 years old, she decided to marry another man. This was the end of a 20 year old romantic relationship.
Transitioning to Marital Arts Films
After many years as the romantic female lead in many films and TV shows, Lin transitioned to martial arts style action films based in Hong Kong. Particularly known for her androgynous roles, Lin was equally beautiful depicting a man as well as a woman. In 1994, she starred in a movie called Red Dust, opposite of her long time lover Chin Han. Ching Hsia's performance in this movie earned her a Best Actress Award at the 27th Golden Horse Award.
Returning to a Normal Family Life
In 1994, Lin retired from the entertainment business to live a normal family life. She met the man that provided her with love and family. Even though Lin spent 20 years loving Chin Han, they were not married and she was tired of waiting for him. Upon meeting Michael Ying, Lin was touched by his sincere love. Looking at their pictures together, most wondered why such a beautiful woman ended up with someone like Michael. After 27 years of marriage and two kids together, Lin is still married to Michael. Now, that is true love. You really can't judge a book by its cover!
Sjeline L Tenardi on May 10, 2016:
My mother and aunties all thought Lin Ching Shia the most beautiful as well. Perhaps Liu Yi Fei almost comes close to her 'perfection'.
Kim on October 21, 2015:
She is undoubtedly the most beautiful Asian Chinese Actress of all time.Her beauty is so natural. I keep a collection of her movies. Never get bored of watching her.
Jenny on April 28, 2015:
I just got curious about Brigitte Lin because one forum poster insisted that she's the most beautiful Asian actress. I got fed off reading these and then I searched her. Even I only saw her pictures on Google image, I was surprised that she's really beautiful unlike other actresses that you have to watch them first before you appreciate their beauty and charisma.
I though she will be like some pretty actresses that are somewhat beautiful but have boring personalities or can act but not extraordinary. I was wrong. I like how she acts in the movies and she was also willing to play cross-dressing roles which I did not expect from a very pretty actress. Aargh.. someone or directors (hello Quentin Tarantino!) must give tribute to her by including a scene that is a reference from one of her movies. By that way, young ones like me will be interested again. As of now, I am happy that she shared her experiences in Akiko Tetsuya's book and she is somewhat active in participating in interviews.
sarahlee on April 04, 2015:
watched nearly all her movies and love them All.esp 'dongfang bupai' simply awesome n stunning.Ching hsia,i love u.
julius on November 16, 2014:
Oh yes she's the most beautiful chinese actress of all time. There's always this saying in Cantonese till this day "Lei wooi leang kor Lam Chin Har man" which literally means can you be preetier than Lin Ching Hsia. I first met her in Bug is Street in Singapore in 1970s where she stopped there after attending the Asian Film Festival in Jargarta. The entourage included Ker Chung Hsiong and Shangkuan Lin Feng.
from philippines on April 15, 2014:
love her movies! until now i watch and download her movies! specially swordsman II, east is red, deadfull melody, i have all her movies
Anthony on January 21, 2014:
I just wished that I could meet her face to face one day and to spend a few 8 days with her to learn all her beautiful personalities and quality. Lin Ching Hsia was my favorite actress and still is. She is the most adorable GODDESS type of a woman ever live. Luv you Ching Hsia. Wishing you all the very best.
jessegil1238 from Bronx, NY on January 02, 2014:
I also happen to be a fan of Lin. I watch many HK movies of her including her wu-xia ones. I would highly recommend that you buy Akiko's Tetsuya's biography of Lin book "The Last Star of the East". it's a real opener into the real life of Brigitte Lin :)
Tatatong on September 28, 2013:
Yes, I totally agree with all of your comments about Brigette Lin, her beauty, talent & great acting skills. I've been her fan since young. Currently I was given a couple of movie DVDs with all of Brigette Lin's past movies, so I'm now re-living the good ole days & Taiwan's movies. Yes, she & Chin Han were an inseparable couple in all the movies!
nilson uy on January 26, 2013:
I hope if ever Ching Hsia is already divorced with Mr. Ying. Then Chin Han should marry her. Chin Han should take this opportunity to marry Ching Hsia. He has caused her so much heartaches already. He owe her a sincere marriage to Ms. Ching Hsia. I hope everybody will agree with me. I really love Ching Hsia, she is the most beautiful actress of Chinese Movies of all time until today.
indian on January 16, 2013:
I agree with all. She is really very beautiful. When i saw her in kung fu movies i was so attracted by her beauty and sexy looks.
hoang on June 03, 2012:
she is the most beautiful Chinese actress I've ever seen, especially those days she was in Taiwan.
Blin on January 20, 2012:
I stumbled over a YouTube video 2 days ago and just discovered Brigette Lin. I started to search for her and have been mesmerized by her beauty. I am a straight woman, but admire her beauty so greatly!! She is Soooooooo pretty and cute!! Her hair is nice, her eyes are stunning, her mouth is cute, her split chin is super gorgeous, her nose is so good looking, her skin is like porcelain. She is just toooo tooo beautiful! (I wish I looked like her too!) LOL
There are a lot of beautiful celebrities, but Brigette Lin is by FAR, the BEST of all!!!
noor mohammad on September 11, 2011:
LIN IS MOST BEAUTIFUL ACTRESS EVER I SEEN.SHE IS AS PREETY AS GEORGIOUS.
ladyjane on August 07, 2011:
just wanna thank you so much for your effort. You did a good job on her pictures. I've been her fan for a very long time,eversince, I was a teenager. Yeah, I agree with you that she is the most gorgeous actress of our time. Thanks again