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Betty Ting Pei
Chinese name 丁珮 (Traditional)
Chinese name 丁佩 (Simplified)
Birth name Tang Mei Li (唐美麗)
Born 19 February 1947 (1947-02-19) (age 63)
Taiwan
Years active 1967-1985
Spouse(s) Charles Heung (in 1970s)

Betty Ting Pei (Traditional Chinese: 丁珮, born 19 February 1947) was a Taiwanese actress who joined Shaw Brothers in 1967. Despite acting in more than 30 movies, she is remembered today primarily because of the mysterious and controversial death of Bruce Lee in her apartment.

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Biography

Born Tang Mei Li, Betty started her acting career with "China Motion Picture Corporation" in Taiwan. In January 1967, after acting in six Taiwanese films, she was spotted by Shaw Brothers' director, Peter Pan Lei, and thereafter adopted the screen name of "Ting Pei". Her first film in Hong Kong was The Purple Shell, where she acted as a dance hostess.

Although Betty had acted in dramas, comedies, musicals and martial arts films, she is better known in Asia for her mistress roles and her many bedroom scenes. She was a regular of director Inoue Umetsugu, for whom she performed in the musicals, The Millionaire Chase, The Yellow Muffler, and The Brain Stealers.

In 1973, Betty became a freelance actress, and continued to make films both in her native Taiwan, as well as in Hong Kong.

Relationship with Bruce Lee

On 20 July 1973, Betty unwittingly hit the headlines when Bruce died in her apartment at 67 Beacon Hill Road, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong.

According to press reports, Bruce Lee was going over the script of Game of Death in Betty's apartment, a Golden Harvest film in which she was reported to have a lead role, when he complained of a headache. She gave him a single tablet of Equagesic, a strong aspirin-based drug that she often used herself. He then went to sleep, but when she could not wake him up for a dinner appointment with Raymond Chow, the owner of Golden Harvest, Betty called an ambulance. Lee was rushed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Death was allegedly caused by an allergic reaction that resulted in brain edema (swelling of the brain). The coroner described his passing as "death by misadventure".

Due to the mysterious circumstances of his death, there have been rumors of an affair between the two. There were also rumors that Bruce Lee did not die in Betty's apartment, but was killed elsewhere and his body moved there after his demise.

Rumor has it that a few months before his death, Bruce tried to end their affair, but resumed it when Betty was admitted to hospital, after attempting to commit suicide. According to Felix Dennis, the author of King of Kung Fu, Betty's friends openly confirmed a romantic liaison between Bruce and Betty. Her neighbour informed Hong Kong reporters that Bruce had been a regular visitor to her apartment for months prior to his death.

There were also other rumors that implicated Ting Pei in Bruce's demise. For several years after Bruce's death, Betty chose to ignore the insults thrown at her, and refused to be interviewed. In 1983, however, she decided to break her silence on an Asian TV show, and told the world that she would never have done anything to hurt Bruce as he was a very good friend [1].

After Bruce's death, Betty appeared in several other Hong Kong films, including the Hui Brothers' comedy, Games Gamblers Play (1974) which broke box office records. She subsequently married Charles Heung, the head of Win's Film Co., but the marriage did not last. In 1985, she retired from show business, and allegedly became a Buddhist nun after appearing in her last movie, My Name Ain't Suzie.

Now, more than thirty years after Bruce's death, Betty is planning to write a tell-all autobiography in which she claims that she will tell the whole truth. She announced her plan to write her autobiography. While she has since written more than 7,000 words, she is not yet happy with the project. She said authors from Taiwan, Hong Kong, the mainland and overseas had offered to serve as her co-author.

"It's complicated because it involves other people. Maybe because I was too demanding, or people didn't understand me ... then later on I didn't want to deal with it. Perhaps it wasn't the right time [to publish the book]," Ms Ting said.

"But now I should be prepared for this. Bruce gave me a lot and he really respected me. So I must not disappoint him."

Filmography

  • 1967: The Purple Shell
  • 1968: Tomorrow is Another Day
  • 1968: The Brain Stealers
  • 1969: Dear Murderer
  • 1969: The Singing Escort
  • 1969: The Millionaire Chase
  • 1970: Hellgate
  • 1970: Apartment For Ladies
  • 1971: The Night is Young
  • 1972: The Yellow Muffler
  • 1972: Intimate Confession of a Chinese Courtesan
  • 1972: The 14 Amazons
  • 1972: Stranger in Hong Kong
  • 1972: Madness of Love
  • 1973: Love Across the Seas
  • 1973: Adultery, Chinese Style
  • 1973: The House of 72 Tenants
  • 1973: The Call Girls
  • 1973: The Rendezvous of Warriors
  • 1974: The Chinese Godfather
  • 1974: Naughty! Naughty!
  • 1974: The Shrine of Ultimate Bliss
  • 1974: The Virgin Mart
  • 1974: The Looks of Hong Kong
  • 1974: Games Gamblers Play
  • 1975: A Debt of Crime
  • 1975: The Playboy
  • 1975: The Evidence
  • 1975: Old Master Q
  • 1976: Bruce Lee...His last days (Clon imitation of Bruce Lee)
  • 1976: Bruce Lee and I
  • 1978: My Darling Girls
  • 1978: The Mysterious Footworks of Kung Fu
  • 1981: Mahjong Heroes
  • 1982: The 82 Tenants
  • 1985: My Name Ain't Suzie

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