Tue, Feb 19, 2008
The Straits Times
HK celebrity Lydia Sum dies at 60

Hong Kong comedian and actress Lydia Sum has died, according to Hong Kong media reports.
Shanghai-born Sum was 60.

The star, who was known for her size, had been suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure. She was admitted into hospital in August last year for an operation.

Regularly sporting her signature dark rimmed glasses, she was affectionately known to peers and fans as Fei-fei.

She made her film debut in 1960, joining Shaw Brothers as a child actress. Her stardom began with the widely televised TVB variety show Enjoy Yourself Tonight, first singing with the Four Golden Flowers in the 1970s.

She has appeared in many films. Kung fu fans will remember her as Yuen Cheung-Yan's dominating wife in the film Drunken Tai Chi. She also appeared as Richard Ng's wife in the all-star comedy Millionaire's Express and in It's a Mad Mad World in a major role.

Sum starred in Mediacorp's Channel 5 sitcom 'Living with Lydia' and her performance in the Singapore programme won her the 'Best Comedy Performance by an Actress' award at the 2003 Asian Television Awards.

It was the first time she had acted in an English drama in her 40 year career.


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