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Faye Wong

Beijing-born Faye Wong is a Chinese singer-songwriter and actress, who is usually referred to in the media as "Heavenly Queen." Early in her career, she briefly used the stage name Shirley Wong. She moved to Hong Kong in 1987 and rose to prominence in the early 1990s by singing ballads in Cantonese.

Since 1994, she has recorded mostly in her native Mandarin, often combining alternative music with mainstream Chinese pop. In 2000, Ms. Wong was recognized by the Guinness World Records as the Best-Selling Canto-Pop Female. Following her second marriage in 2005, she withdrew from the limelight but returned to the stage in 2010 amidst immense interest in the Sinophone world.

Hugely popular in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore, she has also gained a large following in Japan as well. In the West, she is perhaps best known for starring in Wong Kar-wai's films "Chungking Express" and "2046."

While she has collaborated with international artists such as Cocteau Twins, Ms. Wong recorded only a few songs in English, including "Eyes on Me" – the theme song of the popular video game Final Fantasy VIII. She is known to be reserved in public, and has gained a reputation for her "coolness." In the "Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture," Jeroen de Kloet characterised her as "singer, actress, mother, celebrity, royalty, sex symbol and diva all at the same time."

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