Bella Donna: Lin Dai


You may not have heard of Lin Dai, but many Chinese people have. In her heyday, the actress was as popular in China as Liz Taylor was in the United States. Her first movie, Singing Under the Moon, was a blockbuster, and catapulted the 19-year-old Dai to idol status. Five years later, she won her first of four Best Actress honors — an unheard of achievement in Chinese society in those days. Even with her busy schedule she found time to take linguistics classes at Columbia University in New York, where she fell in love and was married at the age of 27.

Nobody knows why Dai, at the height of her success and just shy of her 30th birthday, committed suicide. Chinese communities worldwide were stunned and grief-stricken at the sudden passing of the beloved actress.

Lin Dai's beauty was iconic. She was the quintessential lady, keeping her look neat and clean with her signature short hair always perfectly styled. In the later years of her career, she was often seen with brightly colored pink and red lips, paired with a flawless porcelain complexion and perfectly lined eyes. Her full, dark, and highly arched brows completed her signature look. To learn even more about the lovely Lin Dai, check out this comprehensive website.

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