“Goddess” Cherie Chung is still sexy, free and single

The 80s Hong Kong screen siren graces our shores and addresses her love life, beauty secrets, and reports on pal Rosamund Kwan’s recently revealed divorce

“Goddess” Cherie Chung is still sexy, free and single

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She may have injured her knee from a badminton session earlier, but retired screen siren Cherie Chung was still a picture of poise and grace (in high heels!) at the grand opening of Jimmy Choo’s first dual-gender boutique in Singapore last night (November 4).

Dressed in a lacy, low-cut black jumpsuit, the 55-year-old radiated an aura of beauty that would give starlets half her age a run for their money - the same charm that elevated her to become one of Hong Kong’s top actresses in the 1980s, with appearances in classics like An Autumn’s Tale and Peking Opera Blues. Sadly for fans of her onscreen work, the “Marilyn Monroe of Hong Kong” left showbiz for married life in 1991, after starring in John Woo’s Once a Thief alongside Chow Yun Fat and the late Leslie Cheung.

However, being an idle housewife was never in the cards for her. Instead, Cherie turned into - and still remains - an active ambassador for the environment, and pursued her love for photography. These two causes continued long and strong after she lost her husband, advertising executive Mike Chu, to stomach cancer in 2007; in fact, she revealed during our doorstop group interview that she doesn’t think she’s doing enough for Mother Nature.

“Goddess” Cherie Chung is still sexy, free and single

“I hope to contribute more to the earth,” she said. “I believe it’s important to love the planet during our time on it.”

Much less certain is whether she will make what would undoubtedly be a highly-anticipated return to the silver screen, although it is not an idea she has written off completely. “It’s hard for me to say right now, but I would consider acting again if it’s a particularly good opportunity,” she said, before adding with a laugh, “If Chow Yun Fat invites me back, I will definitely think about it - I have to give him face!”

On that note, read on as we uncover more tidbits from our nine-minute conversation with the “goddess”:

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