Chen Duling was born in 1948. At the age of six, her parents would take her two sisters to see Dr. Lin Yin, who was famous at that time for his “Yin-Yang Theory”. At the time, the younger sister would turn to tap her feet and mimic the sounds made by the popular acupuncturist from Szechuan, Chen Duling. That was the start of Chen Duling’s long and illustrious career. At the age of seven, she was introduced to the world of ballet.
At the age of eight, Chen Duling was already gaining more notice and recognition from the more prominent figures of her day, such as her idol, Betty Lou Suluk. When it was time for Chen Duling to return home to China due to enlistment in the army, many netizens remember her enthusiastic trip to the United States to visit her idol. Eventually, that would be followed by her starring role in another popular film, The Left Ear, opposite Chow Yun-man.
|Age||28 years old|
|Born||18 October 1993|
|Net Worth in 2021||$1 Million – $5 Million|
|Salary in 2020||Under Review|
|Net Worth in 2019||Pending|
|Salary in 2019||Under Review|
|Source of Income||Actress|
What is interesting about Chen Duling’s early years is her sudden and unprecedented rise to stardom. She had grown up in poverty, studying dance in China during the days of the late 1940s. At the age of twenty-one, Chen Duling debuted in the Taiwan television series “Irene”, playing the youngest member of the main cast. In the series, Chen Duling plays the part of the quiet and book smart sister who cares too much about her personal life to have any involvement with the social and political happenings of the island. She was also credited as the director of the cooking shows that are often seen on Taiwanese television. However, it would not be until the following year that Chen Duling would be given an award from the Chinese Film Council for her work in the film industry.
Chen Duling’s most famous role would be in another film that comes from the early fifties called “Dr. X”. Chen Duling would play the role of an actor who was half American and half Chinese, which would make for a unique and interesting character. It was also her first role that would call for some controversy, as some people in the United States and Great Britain thought it was racist to have an American actress playing a Chinese character. On the contrary, the producers of the film defended the decision, as they felt that the character was based on the real life relationship between Chen Duling and her sister, Dr. Sun. Regardless, Chen Duling’s role as the half Chinese American would enthrall both the United States and China, as it was in keeping with times. The late nineteen sixties and the early nineteen seventies saw the start of the “Americanization” of China, which would change the face of the country forever.
Chen Duling later appeared in other popular movies such as “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, and “Mingling’s Great Adventure”. Her role as the rake-wavy nurse in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” made her one of the most famous Chinese actresses of all time, making her the second most famous Chinese ever, only surpassed by Jackie Chan. Her other films include “Dr. Wu” and “The Man With One Ball”. All of Chen Duling’s films have also garnered her the number one spot in China’s Popularity Index, which gives her the distinction of being the most popular Chinese ever. At the time of this writing, Chen Duling has been deceased, but her legacy as one of the most popular Chinese actresses is sure to live on.