Liza Wang

Liza Wang Ming-chuen
Liza Wang performing Cantonese opera
Background information
Chinese name 汪明荃
Pinyin wāng míngquán (Mandarin)
Jyutping wong1 ming4 cyun4 (Cantonese)
Born (1946-08-28) 28 August 1946
Shanghai, China
Other names The Big Sister[1]
Origin Qingpu, Shanghai, China
Occupation Actress, Singer, MC
Years active 1967-present
Genre(s) Cantopop, Chinese Opera
Instrument(s) Singing
Lau Cheung Wah (m. 1971–1983)

Law Kar-ying (m. 2009)
Ancestry Qingpu, Shanghai, China
Website Liza Wang website
RTHK Top 10 Gold Songs Awards
Golden Needle Award
TVB Anniversary Awards

All-Time Most Memorable Female Leading Roles
1999 A House Is Not A Home
My Favourite Television Character
2000 At the Threshold of an Era
2001 The Awakening Story
Best Actress
2001 The Awakening Story
2005 Wars of In-Laws
Best Host
2010 Fun with Liza and Gods
2015 Sunday Songbird

Lifetime Achievement Award
Other awards
Ming Pao Anniversary Awards
Outstanding Actress in Television
2005 Wars of In-Laws
2005 Honorary Award

Liza Wang Ming-chuen, SBS[2][3][4] (born 28 August 1947) is a diva, actress and MC from Hong Kong. She is a personality in Chinese-speaking communities. She has been nicknamed "The Big Sister" in the HK entertainment circle.[5] Wang was a delegate in the National People's Congress from 1988 to 1997, and she is a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.[6]

Entertainment career

Liza Wang moved to Hong Kong from Shanghai in autumn 1956 and signed up for Rediffusion Hong Kong's first Artist Academy class in 1967. From thousands of applicants, the 20-year-old Liza was one of the nine that were picked to attend acting classes. She was also the first to graduate from the academy.


Her career has spanned four decades, since 1967. She began working for Rediffusion Television Limited (later renamed Asia Television and now defunct) until she joined TVB in 1971. She was one of the members of the all-girl music group Four Golden Flowers.[7] Wang initially made her mark in the entertainment industry in drama series. Her work in front of the camera was followed by that behind the scenes on television productions.

In 2005, she received the Best Actress award during TVB's 38th Anniversary. She received this award the second time for her role in Wars of In-laws. Wang received her first Best Actress award for her drama series The Awakening Story in 2001. She celebrated her 40th anniversary in the entertainment industry in 2007.

Singing career

In parallel with her acting career Wang had a successful singing career, based on albums for her television series, consisting of TV theme songs. She has sung cantopop as well as mandopop. She performed duets with singer Adam Cheng. She continues to perform TV theme songs such as "東方之珠" for musical series like the 2006 Glittering Days.[8]

Cantonese opera

She experimented with stage musicals before becoming a Cantonese opera actress. It was within the Cantonese opera community that Wang met her longtime partner, Law Kar-ying. In 2005 the Sunbeam Theatre in North Point, Hong Kong's only regular venue for Cantonese Opera performances, was planned to close following a change of ownership.[6] Wang decided to negotiate with the new owner, who then promised to extend the contract with the Cantonese Opera groups. Wang then criticized the Government for its lack of support for Cantonese Opera, and the Government promised to adopt Wang's request.

Wang was Chairman of the Chinese Artist Association of Hong Kong (香港八和會館) from 1992 to 1997, then again from 2005 to 2009.[6] In 2007 Wang was awarded the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award.[6] She was later awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by the City University of Hong Kong.

In February 2009 Wang fought for the development rights to restore the North Kowloon Magistracy building (北九龍裁判法院) in Sham Shui Po.[9] The building was originally proposed to be a new Cantonese opera training and performance center. Hong Kong's government granted the bid to the US Savannah College of Art and Design.[9] Wang was upset over the loss, and said the government was only paying lip service to causes such as Cantonese opera. The magistracy building is to be turned into a school specializing in creative and digital media.[9][10]

Political career

Pan-democrat home return permits request

Since the 1997 transfer of sovereignty, the Communist Party of China have banned 8 of the 25 Hong Kong pan-democrat legislative councilors. They are barred from the mainland except for tours organized by the government.[11] On March 6, 2008 Wang began publicizing the need to grant 24 Home Return Permit to the pro-democracy lawmakers.[12][13]

2008 Beijing Olympics

Wang mentioned that it was good timing to invite the democrats to enter mainland China in time for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.[13]

The Pro-Beijing party Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong member Tam Yiu Chung responded that the Olympics was not a good reason for changing what the central government used to do. Her concerns baffled her colleagues in the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.[1] Democrat member Albert Ho said the issue of a home visit permit was such a rightful thing. It has never been mentioned by any politician but a performer. He appreciates Wang's efforts.[13] Wang is a member, but not a standing committee member of the CPPCC.

Community work

As a mainstay at the TVB television network, Wang has gained almost legendary status for her efforts not merely as an entertainer but also as a philanthropist with a heart for social works and for improving lives in rural China and other areas. Within Hong Kong, she has also been a MC hosting TVB telethons for Tung Wah Group of Hospitals and many other charities.

Wang, being a two time cancer survivor (first thyroid then breast cancer), she decided to be an executive committee member of the Hong Kong Anti-Cancer Society.[6] A series of informative radio talk shows on RTHK was also hosted where medical specialists were invited to discuss the many types of cancer. She has helped raised charities, awareness and fundings for cancer patients. Recently a free concert was given at Tin Shui Wai for 4,500 residents; the concert was filled to capacity and hundreds were turned away. The crowd prevented guest performers like Miriam Yeung and Denise Ho from arriving on time. Denise Ho ascribed the audience overflow to Wang's popularity.[5]

Personal life

Liza Wang was married during the height of her career to a businessman. The marriage ended in divorce. In the late 1980s, she met Law Kar-ying, openly acknowledged as her partner for over twenty years, and whom she married on May 2, 2009 in Las Vegas.[14] Being a native Shanghainese, Wang speaks fluent Shanghainese and has always identified as a Shanghainese.[15]


Television series
1974Eternal Spring
Mao Yuin Yuin
1975The Golden Chrysanthemum
Zhau Yuk Sin
1975Lady with the Lute
Zhiu Ng Niong
1975Legend of the Purple Hairpin
Fok Siu Yuk
1976The Legend of the Book and the Sword
1977A House Is Not a Home
Lok Lam
1979Over the Rainbow
Leung Pui-yee
1979Chor Lau-heung
Shum Wai-san
1980Yesterday's Glitter
Ho Yin-chau
1981Young's Female Warrior
Muk Gui-yin
1982Love and Passion
Chong Mung-deep
1984Qiu Jin: A Woman To Remember
Qiu Jin
1999At the Threshold of an Era
Fong Kin-ping
2000At the Threshold of an Era II
創世紀 II
Fong Kin-ping
2001The Awakening Story
Lam Ho Suet
2004Blade Heart
Tong Bik
2005Wars of In-Laws
Hei Tap-Lap Shek Lan
The Unforgettables
2006When Rules Turn Loose
Suen Man-Yee
Glittering Days
Gam Yin
2008Wars of In-Laws II
Gwo Bik
When Easterly Showers Fall on the Sunny West
Chong Fung-yi
2010OL Supreme
Lui Siu-fung
2010-2011Home Troopers
Lai Ka-ka
2011Super Snoops
Sun Chiu-tung
2012Divas in Distress
Sheung Ying-hung
2014Come On, Cousin
2015Limelight Years
Wah Fong-ying
Master of Destiny
Kwan Yeuk-nam
2018Heart and Greed
Heung Ching Yi
My Ages Apart
Sheung Hing Chong

Acting awards

Year Award Category Series Result
1999TVB Anniversary AwardsAll-Time Most Memorable Female Leading RolesA House is not a HomeWon
2000TVB Anniversary AwardsMy Favourite Television CharacterAt the Threshold of an Era IIWon
2001TVB Anniversary AwardsBest ActressThe Awakening StoryWon
My Favourite Television CharacterWon
2005TVB Anniversary AwardsBest ActressWar of In-LawsWon
2010TVB Anniversary AwardsBest HostFun With Liza and GodsWon
2015Starhub TVB AwardsBest ActressLimelight YearsWon
Best HostSunday SongbirdWon


  • Silver Bauhinia Star (2004)[4]
  • TVB Best Actress (2001, 2005)
  • RTHK Gold Needle Award (2005)
  • Mont Blanc de la Culture International Award (2007)


  1. 1 2 The standard HK "The standard HK Archived 2011-06-29 at the Wayback Machine.". Wang in Big step on home permits. Retrieved on 2008-03-07.
  2. Loh, Christine (2010). Underground Front: The Chinese Communist Party in Hong Kong. Hong Kong University Press. p. 154. Retrieved 11 December 2014 via Google Book.
  3. "Wang still singing a flat tune". The Standard. 30 June 2014. Archived from the original on 11 December 2014. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  4. 1 2
  5. 1 2 Xinhuanet. "Xinhuanet Archived 2008-02-19 at the Wayback Machine.". Fans jam-pack Liza Wang's free concert. Retrieved on 2008-03-10.
  6. 1 2 3 4 5 " Archived 2008-01-12 at the Wayback Machine.". 城大將頒授榮譽博士學位予四位領袖. Retrieved on 2008-03-10.
  7. Television Broadcasts Limited TVB - Lydia Shum exclusive - 東張西望之永恆的開心果 - 肥姐 - 02-21-2008.
  8. First for Music News. "NME". Liza Wang videos. Retrieved on 2008-03-10.
  9. 1 2 3 The Standard HK. "The". Retrieved on 2009-03-13.
  10. "Yahoo". 八和落選 汪明荃轟黑箱作業 Retrieved on 2009-03-13
  11. Scmp. "Scmp". End democrats' travel ban, delegate urges. Retrieved on 2008-03-10.
  12. The standard HK. "The standard HK Archived 2011-05-22 at the Wayback Machine.". Wang in Big step on home permits. Retrieved on 2008-03-10.
  13. 1 2 3 4 The standard HK. "The standard HK Archived 2011-05-22 at the Wayback Machine.". TV star hopes home visits can turn democrats into patriots Retrieved on 2008-03-10
  14. "New bride: 61-year-old Liza Wang". China Daily. May 5, 2009. Retrieved May 7, 2009.
Awards and achievements
TVB Anniversary Awards
Preceded by
Carol Cheng
for War of the Genders
Best Actress
for The Awakening Story
Succeeded by
Flora Chan
for Family Man
Preceded by
Gigi Lai
for War and Beauty
Best Actress
for Wars of In-laws
Succeeded by
Charmaine Sheh
for Maidens' Vow
RTHK Top 10 Chinese Golden Songs Award
Preceded by
Richard Lam
Golden Needle Award
Succeeded by
Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra
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