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Elizabeth Wang Ming-chun
Liza Wang performing in a Chinese opera outfit
Chinese name 汪明荃
Pinyin wāng míngquán (Mandarin)
Jyutping wong1 ming4 cyun4 (Cantonese)
Origin Hong Kong
Born August 28, 1947 (1947-08-28) (age 62)
Shanghai, China
Other name(s) The Big Sister[1]
Occupation Actress, Singer, MC
Genre(s) Cantopop, Chinese Opera
Instrument(s) Singing
Years active 1971-present
Spouse(s) Lau Cheung Wah (1971 - 1983)
Law Kar-Ying (May 2, 2009 - )
Official Website Liza Wang website

Elizabeth Wang Ming-chun, SBS, commonly known as Liza Wang, is an accomplished diva, actress and MC in Hong Kong. She is a well-known personality in Chinese-speaking communities. She has been nicknamed "The Big Sister" in the HK entertainment circle.[2] Wang was formerly a delegate in the National People's Congress from 1988 to 1997, she is currently a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.[3]


Entertainment career


As one of the most prolific television actors in Hong Kong, her career has spanned four decades, since 1967. She began working for a different television station until she joined TVB in 1971. She was one of the members of the all-girl music group Four Golden Flowers.[4] Wang initially made her mark in the entertainment industry in drama series. Her success in front of the camera allowed her to work behind the scenes with television productions.

In 2005, she received the Best Actress award during TVB's 38th Anniversary. She received this award the 2nd time for her breakthrough role in Wars of In-laws. Liza 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, and to some extent still has, a successful singing career. This was a career originally based around albums for her television series consisting of TV theme songs. She has sung in cantopop as well as mandopop songs. Earlier in her career, she performed memorable 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.[5]

Cantonese Opera

Her love of Cantonese opera led her to experiment with stage musicals, before becoming a fully fledged Cantonese opera actress. Her involvement in this scene greatly contributed to her musical abilities; and it was within the Cantonese opera community that Wang met her long time 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.[3] 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 2005 to 2009.[3] In 2007 Wang was awarded the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award.[3] She was later awarded the Honorary Doctoral of Letters by the City University of Hong Kong to recognize her significant contributions to the community and in particular to the art and cultural development 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.[6] 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.[6] 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.[6][7]

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.[8] On March 6, 2008 Wang began publicizing the need to grant 24 Home Return Permit to the pro-democracy lawmakers.[9][10]

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.[10]

"CPPCC chairman Jia Qinglin said we should unite people from different sectors - why not include the democrats as well?[10]

—Liza Wang tries to unite the opposing Democrats and Pro-Beijing side in Hong Kong.

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.[10] 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.[3] 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.[2]

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.[11]

Television Series

Year Title TVB Anniversary Awards Notes
1976 The Legend of the Book and the Sword
1999 At the Threshold of an Era
2000 At the Threshold of an Era II
2001 The Awakening Story
Best Actress Award
My Top 13 Favourite Television Characters
2004 Blade Heart
2005 Wars of In-Laws
Best Actress Award
Astro Wah Lai Toi 2006
Top 20 Most Favourite Character Award
Top 10 Most Favourite Actress Award
The Unforgettables
Best Television Presenter Nomination (Top 5)
2006 When Rules Turn Loose
Best Actress Nomination (Top 20)
Glittering Days
Best Actress Nomination (Top 20)
2008 Wars of In-Laws II
Best Actress Nomination (Top 5)
My Favourite Female Character Nomination (Top 10)
When Easterly Showers Fall On The Sunny West
Best Actress Nomination (Top 15)
2010 The Queen of the Office
TBA Autumn



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


  1. ^ a b The standard HK "The standard HK". Wang in Big step on home permits. Retrieved on 2008-03-07.
  2. ^ a b Xinhuanet. "Xinhuanet". Fans jam-pack Liza Wang's free concert. Retrieved on 2008-03-10.
  3. ^ a b c d e "". 城大將頒授榮譽博士學位予四位領袖. Retrieved on 2008-03-10.
  4. ^ Television Broadcasts Limited TVB - Lydia Shum exclusive - 東張西望之永恆的開心果 - 肥姐 - 02-21-2008.
  5. ^ First for Music News. "NME". Liza Wang videos. Retrieved on 2008-03-10.
  6. ^ a b c The Standard HK. "The". Retrieved on 2009-03-13.
  7. ^ "Yahoo". 八和落選 汪明荃轟黑箱作業 Retrieved on 2009-03-13
  8. ^ Scmp. "Scmp". End democrats' travel ban, delegate urges. Retrieved on 2008-03-10.
  9. ^ The standard HK. "The standard HK". Wang in Big step on home permits. Retrieved on 2008-03-10.
  10. ^ a b c d The standard HK. "The standard HK". TV star hopes home visits can turn democrats into patriots Retrieved on 2008-03-10
  11. ^ "New bride: 61-year-old Liza Wang". China Daily. May 5, 2009. Retrieved May 7, 2009.  

External links

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
RTHK Top 10 Chinese Golden Songs Award
Preceded by
Richard Lam
Golden Needle Award
Succeeded by
Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra
TVB Anniversary Awards
Preceded by
Gigi Lai
for War and Beauty
Best Actress
for Wars of In-laws
Succeeded by
Charmaine Sheh
for Maidens' Vow

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