Who's Tiffany Chen and why is she so powerful?

Who's Tiffany Chen and why is she so powerful?

BEIJING - One week last month, she hit the headlines for attacking actor Stephen Chow on Weibo. Another week, she was back in the news, taking actress Cecilia Cheung's side after the star's former husband, actor Nicholas Tse, reconciled with his ex-girlfriend, singer Faye Wong.

She is Tiffany Chen, film producer, agent, investor, wife of actor-producer Charles Heung, and a woman not to be messed with.

Chen, 55, is deferentially known as Mrs Heung in Hong Kong entertainment, according to a profile on NetEase website. In 2003, The Hollywood Reporter named her one of the most powerful women in international show business.

In her years in the business, she has helped or cultivated stars such as Andy Lau, Jet Li, Lau Ching Wan, Nick Cheung and the late Anita Mui, says NetEase.

She has been involved in the production of movies such as Chow's comedies, Sixty Million Dollar Man (1995) and Forbidden City Cop (1996), Li's action movies, Black Mask (1996) and Once Upon A Time In China and America (1997), and Johnnie To's crime dramas, Running Out Of Time (1999) and Election (2005).

She is not the first Mrs Heung, says NetEase. Originally from Taiwan, she married her husband in 1980, after his divorce from actress Betty Ting Pei (who is forever known as the woman in whose home martial arts legend Bruce Lee died in 1973). The couple have two sons, one of whom, Jacky Heung, is an actor.

Charles Heung and his brother, Jimmy Heung, are the movie-loving sons of Heung Chin, the Teochew settler who was said to have started Sun Yee On, a powerful triad in Hong Kong. Charles Heung, who has maintained that he is not involved in his father's business, set up Win's Entertainment with his brother.

Chen, who was not content to be a rich man's wife, helped her husband run the company, which became one of the most influential in the industry with huge hits such as Chow Yun Fat's 1989 drama God Of Gamblers and Stephen Chow's 1991 comedy Fight Back To School. (Charles Heung appeared in God Of Gamblers as Chow Yun Fat's protector, Lung Wu.)

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