Tiara Jacquelina

Puan Sri Tiara Jacquelina Eu Effendi is a Malaysian actress, film producer, musical theater producer, and the proud founder of The Enfiniti Academy of Musical Theatre and Performing Arts, an institution that aims to nurture creative talents in Malaysia.[1] She is well-acclaimed for her role in Puteri Gunung Ledang, the biggest budget movie ever produced in Malaysia up until 2005,[2] in which she played the lead character and sang the theme song, "Asmaradana". Aside from appearing on stage and on camera, Tiara Jacquelina also serves as the managing director of Enfiniti Vision Media, a Malaysian arts, entertainment, and television production company.

Tiara Jacquelina
Jacqueline Eu

October 3, 1967
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
OccupationProducer, actress, singer
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)Hani Mohsin (1993–1998, divorced)
Mohd Effendi Norwawi

Early life and careerEdit

Jacquelina was born as Jacqueline Eu in October 1967 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to a Burmese Chinese father and Indonesian Chinese mother. She has been involved in the arts at a very early stage, and while at school, Jacquelina took part in the Theatre Society, the Literary Society, and was the President of the Film Society.[3][unreliable source?]

She began her film career in 1988. In 1995, Jacquelina co-starred with Academy Award winner, Frances McDormand, who played the lead role in the movie, Beyond Rangoon. In the 12th Malaysia Film Festival later that year, she won the Best Actress Award[4] for her role in the film Ringgit Kasorrga, a social drama concerning a sex scandal involving a politician and young models. In 2004, she played in and as Puteri Gunung Ledang, a legendary Javanese princess in Malay culture, which gained her soaring recognition due to her stellar performance.[5] The movie was submitted for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Academy Awards in 2004 but was not nominated.[6]

Following the success of the film,[7] she later staged it as a musical at Istana Budaya in 2006 with the title, Puteri Gunung Ledang: The Musical.

Recently, in March 2018, Jacquelina adapted and directed Ola Bola: The Musical, a theatrical musical that was staged at Istana Budaya and has received positive reviews from both the media and its viewers.[8] The musical was staged after the movie, Ola Bola, after marking its success in Malaysian cinematography in 2016 where the story revolves around the history of Malaysian national football team in their journey of paving their way into the 1980 Summer Olympics

Personal lifeEdit

Jacquelina converted to Islam in 1993 and was previously married to actor and celebrity Hani Mohsin, from 1993 until they divorced in 1998. She is the mother of two children, Hani Karmila and Mohd Eridani.

She later married Sarawakian businessman Mohd Effendi Norwawi, who also formerly served as a senator and Minister in the Prime Minister's Department.


Year Award Result Category Film
1995 Malaysian Film Festival Won[citation needed] Best Actress Ringgit Kasorrga
2005 Asian First Film Festival Best Producer Puteri Gunung Ledang
Asia-Pacific Film Festival Best Actress Puteri Gunung Ledang
Malaysian PPFM Oscars 2005 Best Producer Puteri Gunung Ledang
Malaysian PPFM Oscars 2005 Best Actress Puteri Gunung Ledang
2009 Federation for Asian Cultural Promotion (FACP Malaysia) Outstanding Contribution to the Arts


  • Executive Producer of the multiple-award-winning film Puteri Gunung Ledang which has garnered 11 awards at the Malaysian PPFM Oscars 2004 including Best Film, Best Producer, Cinematography, Best Actress, Costume Design, Art Direction, Best Sound b) Best Producer at the Asian 1st Films Festival 2005 c) 5 awards at the Malaysian Film Festival 2004 including best director, best screenplay, best art direction, best music score.[9]
  • Executive Producer of Puteri Gunung Ledang the Musical which won 8 wards at the 2006 Boh Cameronian Arts Awards for Best Director, Original Script (Bahasa Malaysia), Best Lighting Design, Set Design, Music and Sound Design, Costume Design, Supporting Actor, Audience's Choice Award for Theatre.[citation needed]
  • Executive Producer of P. Ramlee the Musical which won 6 awards at the 2007 Boh Cameronian Arts Awards for Best Director, Original Script (Bahasa Malaysia), Set Design, Music and Sound Design, Best Supporting Actor, Audience's Choice Award for Theatre.[10]



Year Title Role Notes
1988 Lukisan Berlumur Darah Hannah First film debut
1990 Mat Som Wan Faridah
1995 Beyond Rangoon San San, Hotel Desk Clerk
Ringgit Karsorgga Meera (Almeera Almeida)
2004 Puteri Gunung Ledang Gusti Putri, the Mount Ledang princess As producer
2017 Kontena Ana Appreciation

Television seriesEdit

Year Title TV channel Notes
1999 Jam 2 Petang Producer
1999–2005 Spanar Jaya ntv7 Producer
2019 Spanar Jaya X TV3 Executive producer


  1. ^ "About". Enfiniti Academy Of Performing Arts. 27 January 2015. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  2. ^ Puteri Gunung Ledang musical, Thestar.com, 14 October 2005.
  3. ^ Tiara Jacquelina joins celebrities as international adviser for performing arts, limkokwing.net, 17 January 2008.
  4. ^ Tiara Jacquelina profile Archived 23 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine, cinemamalaysia.com.my; accessed 10 December 2017.
  5. ^ Chong, Calvin. "Puan Sri Tiara Jacquelina: Raising bars for Malaysian film and arts". Malaysia Tatler. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  6. ^ "'Bunohan' is Malaysia's entry in Oscar race for Best Foreign Language Film[permanent dead link], mmail.com.my, 15 October 2012.
  7. ^ Puteri Gunung Ledang musical, Thestar.com, 14 October 2005.
  8. ^ "'OlaBola The Musical' Is Truly A Theatrical Splendour | Star2.com". Star2.com. 5 March 2018. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  9. ^ Tiara's bent on a sparkling life, thesundaily.my; accessed 19 October 2007.
  10. ^ "Curtains down on 'P. Ramlee The Musical'"[permanent dead link], ekedai.my, 19 April 2012.

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