Betty Lai Siu-man, also known by her stage name Ban Ban and previously as Bun Bun, is a semi retired Hong Kong actress and singer.

Ban Ban
Lai Siu-man (黎小雯)

Other namesBetty Lai
Occupation(s)singer, actress
Years active1966–2000
  • TVB (1973–1983)
  • ATV (1983–2000)
(m. 1996; div. 2001)
ChildrenWai Kin-ho (son)
FamilySylvia Lai (sister)
Musical career
Also known asBun Bun
Ban Ban
OriginBritish Hong Kong
Website森森 & 斑斑 on Facebook
Chinese name
Bun Bun
Betty Lai Siu-man

Background edit

Lai was born in Hong Kong on 23 June 1953. she is of Meixian and Guangdong ancestry. Her elder sister is Sylvia Lai Sui-pun.

In 1966, Lai, her elder sister, and the other four male singers formed a musical band named BumbleBee to promote their traffic and road safety song in Hong Kong.

In 1967, She took the stage name previously as Bun Bun (彬彬), but soon changed to Ban Ban (斑斑), while her sister took the stage name of Sum Sum (森森).

In 1972, Ban Ban and Sum Sum formed a musical duo called Sum Sum Ban Ban (森森斑斑), and both hosted in the variety show Enjoy Yourself Tonight (歡樂今宵) in 1973. In 1979, they released their first studio album Star, Moon, Sun (星星.月亮.冇太陽).

In 1983, Ban Ban gained her first acting role in the TVB wuxia drama The Legend of the Condor Heroes, gaining her some fame to receive future acting and hosting roles. She and Sum Sum left TVB to join ATV to further pursuit their acting and singing careers.

In 1985, she was invited by CCTV to host its New Year's Gala.[1]

Ban Ban was married to actor Austin Wai in 1996, and they have a son, Wai Kin-ho (惠建豪).

She starred her last role in Forever Love Song (曲終情未了) before leaving the entertainment industry in 2000. Lai and Wai divorced in the following year and her son left with her. She allowed her son to be filial to his father.[2]

In October 2012, Lai was notified of her ex-husband Wai's death; she signed in grief and said life is unpredictable.

She later starred in her minor role as Madam Shen (沈夫人) in the 2015 Chinese television drama Fu Rong Jin (芙蓉錦).

References edit

  1. ^ "馮仁昭四圍超:森森孖斑斑扮WG - 馮仁昭". Apple Daily 蘋果日報. Archived from the original on 29 March 2019. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  2. ^ "3周刊 (第374期) 姊姊妹妹唱起來森森斑斑". Archived from the original on 15 May 2009. Retrieved 29 March 2019.

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