Falling in the same category as Ivy Ling-Po, she possesses excellent skills as an actress. She's won numerous acting awards and was one of the forerunners as far as actresses were concerned. She paved the way for women like Ching Li, Betty Ting-Pei, and others, to achieve the type of status, they enjoyed back in the 60's and early 70's. Films like Goddess Of Mercy and Vermillion Door, were standout roles for her and helped to elevate her career, as one of the top movie-queens of her era. Having appeared in Rape Of The Sword, while it didn't do anything for her acting career, it did somewhat prepare her for the film The Fate Of Lee Khan. This was her first Golden Harvest film, after having been a star at Shaw Bros' for many years.
Like many females, she was thrusted in the Martial-arts films, as many roles were opened up by this genre. Nicknamed Xiao Mi, she was famous in Shanghai due to her Opera (singing) career. She was married the director Yen Chun, who also directed her in some of her finer films. She also played the Empress Dowager, who wanted to see the Pugilists skill (they claimed that they could withstand bullets), in the Shaw Bros' classic The Boxer Rebellion. Yet, her finest moment, may have been playing another empress - Empress Wu Tse-Tien. As an actress, she had few females, who were in her league.