Diana Chang Chung-wen was born in 1936 in Hubei, China, and rose to fame during the 1950s and ’60s, appearing in more than 30 films by the famed Shaw Brothers Studio.
One of her most famous film appearances was her starring role in the 1964 Shaw Brothers film The Amorous Lotus Pan about a woman in an arranged marriage who falls in love with her husband’s brother. To promote the film, Chang embarked on a three-month US tour accompanied by Bruce Lee, who would not only dance the cha-cha with her on stage each night, but also acted as her bodyguard.
Chang was known for her sex appeal, and was given many nicknames by reporters covering her tour, including “the most beautiful creature,” “the fire-breathing lass,” and “the Mandarin Marilyn Monroe.”
She retired from the film industry in 1966 after marrying a German man, and later settled in the U.S.