Former Hong Kong screen goddess Brigitte Lin Ching-hsia has had an eventful week.
On Thursday, she celebrated her 68th birthday, one day after she was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Hong Kong. It was given in recognition of her “contributions to arts and culture”, which include appearances in more than 100 films and four books.
She also wrote an article for Guangzhou-based Chinese weekly Southern Weekly, published on Thursday, expressing gratitude to a stranger who helped her some three decades ago.
As reported by Chinese daily newspaper Lianhe Zaobao, Lin recalled that she was filming at a house in Hong Kong when she was told a man had a letter for her that he would deliver only in person to her.
Lin met the man – admitting that she now “can’t remember what he looks like or his name” – and found that the envelope he gave did not contain a letter, but a film negative.
“I think it’s better to leave this to you for safekeeping,” she recalled the man telling her.