Gong Li

Chinese-born Actress

Gong Li is a film actress from China. Gong first came into international prominence through close collaboration with Chinese director Zhang Yimou and is credited with helping to bring Chinese cinema to Europe and the United States. She has twice been awarded the Golden Rooster and the Hundred Flowers Awards as well as the Berlinale Camera, Cannes Festival Trophy, National Board of Review, New York Film Critics Circle Award, and Volpi Cup.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Gong Li.


1965 Birth Born on December 31, 1965.


1985 19 Years Old In 1985, Gong sought to study at China's top music school, but was denied entrance. … Read More


1987 21 Years Old 1 More Event
Over the next several years after her 1987 acting debut in Red Sorghum, Gong received international acclaim for her roles in several more Zhang Yimou films: She appeared in Ju Dou in 1990; Her performance in the Oscar-nominated Raise the Red Lantern put her in the international spotlight; in The Story of Qiu Ju, she was named Best Actress at the 1992 Venice Film Festival. … Read More
1993 27 Years Old In 1993, she received a New York Film Critics Circle award for her role in Farewell My Concubine. … Read More


1996 30 Years Old In 1996, news began circulating that Gong had married Singaporean tobacco tycoon Ooi Hoe Seong. They were married in November 1996 at Hong Kong's China Club.
2000 34 Years Old Gong Li was nominated Goodwill Ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on 16 October 2000.
2005 39 Years Old Despite her popularity, Gong avoided Hollywood for years, due to a lack of confidence in speaking English. She made her English speaking debut in 2005 when she starred as Hatsumomo in Memoirs of a Geisha. … Read More


2006 40 Years Old She was voted the most beautiful woman in China in 2006.
2008 42 Years Old 1 More Event
Gong Li applied for Singapore citizenship in early 2008. … Read More
In 2010, she stated that she was becoming more selective with the Chinese language projects offered to her during a press junket for her upcoming film Shanghai. … Read More
2014 48 Years Old In 2014, Gong was a jury president of the 17th Shanghai International Film Festival. … Read More
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