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Meng Xiaodong (Chinese: 孟小冬; pinyin: Mèng xiǎodōng) (December 9, 1908 – May 26, 1977) was a Chinese actress of Peking opera who specialized in old sheng (male) roles.

Meng Xiaodong
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Born(1908-12-09)December 9, 1908
DiedMay 26, 1977(1977-05-26) (aged 68)
Resting placeShulin District, New Taipei City, Taiwan
OccupationPeking opera performer
Known forOld sheng roles
StyleYu (Yu Shuyan) school
Mei Lanfang
(m. 1927; div. 1933)

Du Yuesheng
(m. 1950; div. 1951)
Chinese name


In August 1925 she was introduced to Mei Lanfang, with whom she collaborated in a film and married in 1927. At the time, Mei was already married to two other women. They divorced in 1933. In spring 1949 she went to British Hong Kong and married Du Yuesheng in 1950. They divorced a year later in 1951, after which she effectively ended her acting career. In 1967 she immigrated to Taiwan and died in Taipei at the age of 69. She was interred in Shulin District, New Taipei City.[1]

Meng Xiaodong acting with her parents
Meng Xiaodong and Mei Lanfang
Meng Xiaodong and Du Yuesheng marriage photo

Portrayals in filmsEdit


  1. ^ 蒋晗玉 (2004-11-23). "物风流:梅兰芳--与孟小冬情投意合却劳燕分飞" (in Chinese). 新浪网. Retrieved 2011-02-10.