Today’s Google Doodle celebrates what would have been the 77th birthday of Lydia Tin Ha Sum, one of Hong Kong’s most beloved actors and comedians.
Sum, who always wore her bouffant haircut, trademark dark- rimmed spectacles and played on her larger figure, was affectionately known as “ Happy Fruit ” and “ Fei- fei ” – meaning “ fat fat ” – by her suckers.
The Google Doodle illustration is an film roll showcasing her uproarious and acting bents, rendered in a meetly joyous and child- suchlike style.
Then’s everything you need to know about her.
Who was Lydia Tin Ha Sum?
Sum was born in Shanghai in July 1945. Her family is Canadian fashion developer and businessman Alfred Sung.
She was a teen actor, joining Shaw Sisters – what was Hong Kong’s largest film product company – in 1960, at the age of 15. She made her on- screen debut in a Mandarin comedy called When the Peach Blossoms Bloom that same time.
Sum set up success with Shaw Sisters, and her true rout came in 1967 as a member of the cast on popular variety show Enjoy Yourself Tonight on TVB.
The show vented for a 90 twinkles every weeknight and had a analogous sense to Saturday Night Live, featuring singing, dancing, short dramatizations and variety show games.
Sum came maybe its most iconic MC, playing a significant part in its soaring fashionability.
She also went on to have an expansive film career, appearing in over 100 pictures gauging multiple languages.
She was substantially a ridiculous and dramatic actress, but did sometimes play straight places.
Which flicks was she in?
Sum starred in the popular Cantonese film The House of 72 Tenants, which follows the lives of residers in a run-down apartment. Her realistic depiction of working- class women struck a passion with cult, helping it top Hong Kong’s box office in 1973.
She went on to play a analogous part in It’s a frenetic, frenetic, frenetic World, a four- part blockbuster comedy about an impoverished family in hunt of wealth.
Other notable work includes the 1986 megahit comedy Millionaires Express, directed by Sammo Hung, and Yuen Woo- ping’s 1984 martial trades film Drunken Tai Chi.
In 1976, Sumco-directed the film You Are awful. Her last film was In- Laws Outlaws, a 2004 Cantonese comedy film directed by Clifton Ko Chi- Sum.
Sum starred in Singapore sitcom Living With Lydia in the 2000s, with her performance winning her the “ Stylish Comedy Performance by an Actress ” award at the 2003 Asian Television Awards.
The show was the first time she had acted in an English sitcom with amulti-camera format.
Sum was married to actor and songster Adam Cheng Siu- chow for three times, and they had one child, Joyce Cheng, together. Cheng is now a songster, pen and actress in her own right.
Sum failed in 2008 at the age of 62, after passing multiple health issues.