Leslie Cheung

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Leslie Cheung
Leslie Cheung
Background info
Chinese name 張國榮 (traditional)
Chinese name 张国荣 (simplified)
Pinyin Zhāng Guóróng (Mandarin)
Jyutping Zoeng1 Gwok3-wing4 (Cantonese)
Birthday/Birthplace Cheung Fat-chung (張發宗)
(1956-09-12)12 September 1956
Kowloon, British Hong Kong
Deceased 1 April 2003(2003-04-01)
Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, Central, Hong Kong
Other names Gor Gor (哥哥; meaning “Elder brother”)
School(s) University of Leeds, bachelor of textile (dropped out in year 1)
Profession(s)
  • Singer
  • actor
  • songwriter
  • film-maker
Active Years 1977–2003
Genre(s)
  • Cantopop
  • Mandopop
Instrument(s) Vocals
Label(s)
  • Polydor (1977–82)
  • Capital Artists (1982–87)
  • Cinepoly (1987–90)
  • Rock (1995–99)
  • Universal (1999–2003)
Partner(s) Daffy Tong (1982–2003; his death)
Parents Cheung Wut-hoi (張活海) (father)
Poon Yuk-yiu (潘玉瑤) (mother)
Ancestry Hakka, Guangdong
[show] Awards
Hong Kong Film Awards
  • Best Actor
  • 1991 Days of Being Wild
  • Best Original Film Song
  • 1995 He’s a Woman, She’s a Man
Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards
  • Best Actor
  • 1994 Ashes of Time
Golden Horse Awards
  • Best Original Song
  • 1993 The Bride with White Hair
RTHK Top 10 Gold Songs Awards
  • Sales Award (Best-Selling Album of the Year)
  • 1987 Summer Romance
  • IFPI Award
  • 1988 Leslie
  • Golden Needle Award
  • 1999
  • Silver Jubilee Award
  • 2002
Other awards
  • Jade Solid Gold Best Ten Music Awards
  • Most Popular Male Artist
  • 1988, 1989
  • Honours Award
  • 1999, 2000
  • Four Channel Award (Best Album of the Year)
  • 2000 Untitled
  • Ultimate Song Chart Awards
  • Ultimate Male Artist Gold Award
  • 1988, 1989
  • IFPI Award
  • 1989 Leslie ’89
  • Golden Phoenix Awards
  • Special Contribution Award
  • 1993 Farewell My Concubine
  • Japan Film Critics Society
  • Best Actor
  • 1994 Farewell My Concubine
  • CCTV-MTV Music Honours
  • Asia’s Biggest Superstar
  • 2000
  • Chinese Pop Music Media Awards
  • Best Male Singer
  • 2001

Leslie_Cheung’s Biography

He was born in Kowloon, Hong Kong, being the youngest of ten siblings of a middle class family. His father was a renowned tailor, who worked for entertainment people such as William Holden and Cary Grant

Cheung started acting and singing in 1978, but he would not become famous until 1987 when John Woo called him for the film A Better Tomorrow. Then I would work for Chen Kaige in Goodbye to my concubine and Temptress Moon and finally with Wong Kar-wai in Happy Together, The Ashes of Time, and The True Story of Ah Fei.

Along with Bruce Lee, Leslie gave Hong Kong its true nature and evolution in world cinema. Although at one time in his life, he had terrible performances in Kung Fu movies, he was still the center of great cinematographic achievements.

Of humble origin, he looked for scenarios in pop music, being the last years of his life, the most prosperous in the ballad, with great success. He was also a very transgressive character in all his life, especially because of his bisexuality that became more evident in the wake of the movie Goodbye My Concubine (1993). In that interpretation of character, characterized by being a member since childhood of the Chinese opera, he suffered a lot during his training as an actor of King Chu’s concubine for the rest of China’s political history during the 20th century. Cheung was one of the few Hong Kong artists who dared to play LGBT characters on the big screen in the 90s.

Generally he was quite reserved about his private life. In 1997, Cheung made public his relationship with Daffy Tong Hok-Tak during a concert, who was his partner until Cheung’s death and was recognized in an obituary as his surviving spouse.

In the year 2001, she argued during an interview with Time magazine: “It is more appropriate to say that I am bisexual, I have had girlfriends, when I was 22 years old or so, I asked my girlfriend Teresa Mo to marry me.” making him the only artist in Hong Kong who has admitted to being bisexual in the media. His proposal before Teresa Mo was not returned.

He committed suicide in 2003 by jumping from the 24th floor of the prestigious Mandarin Oriental Hotel located in the central district of Hong Kong Island, touching Chinese society.The day after his suicide, his partner Daffy Tong confirmed that Cheung was suffering from clinical depression and had been going to psychiatrists for treatment for almost a year after his first suicide attempt in 2002.

Leslie Cheung Net Worth – $30 Million

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