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Betty Ting Pei (simplified Chinese: 丁佩; traditional Chinese: 丁珮; pinyin: Dīng pèi; born Tang Mei Li (simplified Chinese: 唐美丽; traditional Chinese: 唐美麗; pinyin: Táng měilì); 19 February 1947) is a former Taiwanese actress who was mainly active in the 1970s. Although she acted in more than 30 films, she is best known for being the center of international speculation regarding the untimely death of Bruce Lee in her apartment.
Tang Mei Li
19 February 1947
|Alma mater||Taipei American School|
|Height||1.6 m (5 ft 3 in)|
(m. 1976; div. 1980)
|Children||Candy Heung (daughter)|
|Tang Mei Li|
Born Tang Mei Li in Taiwan, Republic of China on 19 February 1947 to a doctor family of the three generations, Her ancestral home is based in Beijing, her uncle was Zhang Xueliang and her grandfather was Bao Yulin, the chief police officer of the Beiping Police Bureau during the Warlord era.
Tang started her acting career with China Motion Picture Corporation. 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 Ting Pei had acted in dramas, comedies, musicals, and martial arts films, she is better known in Asia for her mistress roles and her many steamy 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 Steam Stealers.
In 1973, Ting became a freelance actress and continued to make films both in her native Taiwan and Hong Kong. She retired from acting in 1985.
In 1972, just after her six months in Switzerland, Ting first met Bruce Lee at the original Hyatt Regency Hong Kong (1969–2005) and they would go on dates.
On 20 July 1973, Ting received media attention when Lee died in her apartment at 67 Beacon Hill Road, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong. According to press reports, 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."
In 1976, Ting married Charles Heung and they had a daughter Candy Heung in 1977, Ting and Heung divorced in 1980. After which she would devoted her time to Buddhism practices and helped the local Buddhist community in Hong Kong.
On the 30th anniversary of Bruce Lee's death in 2003, Ting made an announcement at a press conference of her plans to write her autobiography. Although she revealed in 2008 that she had already written more than 7,000 words and that Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mainland China and Overseas authors had offered to serve as her co-author, the project was halted indefinitely as Ting said that it was not "the right time" due to its complicated contents which involved other people.
In 2013, although Ting admitted that she had an intimate relationship with Lee, she said that she did not engage in any sexual activity with him on the day that he died.
- 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: The Fourteen Amazons
- 1972: Stranger in Hong Kong
- 1972: Madness of Love
- 1973: Love Across the Seas
- 1973: Adultery Chinese Style
- 1973: The Call Girls
- 1973: The Rendezvous of Warriors
- 1974: The Chinese Godfather
- 1974: Naughty Naughty
- 1974: Stoner
- 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 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
- "Re-Enter the Dragon". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 September 2010.
- Moore, Nolan (15 July 2019). "The truth behind Bruce Lee's tragic death". Grunge.com. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
- 1977 Documentary Film "Bruce Lee, The Legend."
- TVBS. "〈獨家〉丁珮女兒向均羚闖商場 獲CEO獎│TVBS新聞網". TVBS (in Chinese). Retrieved 2 May 2020.
- "Lover still so glad Bruce Lee came into her life". South China Morning Post. Invalid date. Retrieved 2020-05-03. Check date values in:
- 丁佩40年后首度开口 揭李小龙猝死时刻 [Ding Pei speaks for the first time in 40 years]. People's Daily. 28 October 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2019.