Lin Ching-hsia shares how Teresa Teng was once her "love rival"

Lin Ching-hsia shares how Teresa Teng was once her "love rival"

Despite her beauty and movie star status, former screen legend Lin Ching-hsia has revealed that she was once stood up on a date.

According to Apple Daily, the man was none other than fellow Taiwanese heartthrob of the 70s, Charlie Chin.

The pair were co-stars in the 1978 movie, Love Of The White Snake.

What's more, he 'betrayed' her with none other than her good friend, well-known singer, Teresa Teng.

Looking youthful and elegant in an all-black ensemble during the launch of her new book in Hong Kong, the 60-year-old actress made the juicy revelation to guests and media in attendance.

She said Chin, who was trying to court her at the time, had told her he would meet her in Paris.

Lin was there for the opening ceremony of a cinema and he said that he'd be there as well, so the pair arranged to meet.

However, she waited for him for a week and flew back to Taiwan before she discovered from newspaper reports that he had gone to Paris with the songstress instead.

Lin told the audience she did not mind the brush-off at all, as her "love rival" was Teresa Teng, and Lin had not agreed to be Chin's girlfriend yet.

She also refuted some old tabloid gossip which stated that Teng was upset that Lin had avoided her when they ran into each other, but Lin clarified that it was because there was a reporter around, which was why the media-shy actress did not greet Teng.

Lin recently celebrated her 60th birthday with a party at The Peninsula Hong Kong, attended by celebrity pals like Cherie Chung, Carina Lau, Tony Leung and Cally Kwong.

The former actress-turned-author is currently promoting her new book, Cloud to Cloud, her second collection of essays after 2011's Inside And Outside The Window.

She also revealed that playing mahjong helped her when she had writer's block. At the suggestion of her friend, she played the game and although she lost some money, she managed to pen three essays in one night.

candicec@sph.com.sg

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