Gong Li

Gong Li is a Chinese-born Singaporean actress.

Date of birth

She was born on December 31, 1965.


Gong Li was born in Shenyang, Liaoning, China, the youngest of five children. Her father was a professor of economics and her mother was a teacher.


In 1985, she was accepted to study at the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing; she graduated in 1989. While a student at the Central Academy of Drama, she was discovered by Zhang Yimou, who chose her for the lead role in Red Sorghum, his first film as a director.

Early life

Gong was born in Shenyang, Liaoning, and grew up in Jinan, Shandong.

Love life

Her personal and professional relationship with director Zhang Yimou has been highly publicized. The pair collaborated on six films between 1987 and 1995, before ending their relationship. They reunited in 2006 for the film Curse of the Golden Flower and in 2014 on Coming Home.

In November 1996, Gong married Singaporean tobacco tycoon Ooi Hoe Seong at Hong Kong's China Club.

On 28 June 2010, Gong's agent confirmed that Gong Li and her husband Ooi had divorced. In 2019, Gong married French musician Jean-Michel Jarre.

Net worth

To be updated.


Gong and Zhang collaborated on a string of critically acclaimed movies, including the Oscar-nominated features Ju Dou (1990) and Raise the Red Lantern (1991).

For her role in the Zhang-directed The Story of Qiu Ju (1992), Gong won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival.

Gong also starred in the Chen Kaige-directed Oscar-nominated Farewell My Concubine (1993), for which she won Best Supporting Actress at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards.

Other notable appearances include Breaking the Silence (2000), Zhou Yu's Train (2003), 2046 (2004), Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), Curse of the Golden Flower (2006), and Coming Home (2014).

Gong was head of jury at the 2000 Berlin Film Festival and the 2002 Venice Film Festival, the first Chinese to hold such position at both events.

Throughout her career, Gong has won three Hundred Flowers Awards, two Golden Rooster Awards, and honourary awards at the Berlin and Cannes film festivals.

She was appointed a Commander (Commandeur) of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the government of France in 2010.

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Gong Li
First Name Gong
Surname Li
Born 31st December, 1965
Home City Shenyang, Liaoning, China
Current City