Gong Li sometimes lets her emotions overpower her reasoning and logic, and consequently she is sometimes biased in her opinions. However, she has twice been awarded the Golden Rooster and the Hundred Flowers Awards as well as the Berlinale Camera, and the Cannes Festival Trophy. Not bad for the youngest in a family of five children. Despite her popularity, Gong avoided Hollywood for years, due to a lack of confidence in speaking English. Couple that with a highly publicized collaboration with director Zhang Yimou due to an affair, the scandal that ended their professional relationship in 1995, you can see she has had a hard road to walk. They were, however, reunited in 2006 for Zhang’s Curse of the Golden Flower. We are glad they did, as she proves she is a great talent and an exceptional beauty.
This might seem like a surprising choice for some. Tia Carrera lost some steam in the 90′s but what I like about her is she has remained consistent. From 1999 to 2002, Carrere starred as archeology professor Sydney Fox in Relic Hunter, a syndicated action-adventure series strongly reminiscent of the Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider films and video games.Carrere posed nude for the January 2003 issue of Playboy magazine. It was the top selling Playboy of 2003. In 1993, her first solo album, Dream, was released, and went platinum in Mexico. From voice overs, to video games, to movies, to singing, she is talented across the boards that spans a 20 year career. You can’t deny her longevity and thats why she lands at number 5.
Maggie Cheung has over 70 films to her credit since starting her career in 1983. Cheung was a jury member at the 1997 Berlin Film Festival, the 1999 Venice Film Festival and the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.For the first time in its history, the 59th Cannes Film Festival (2006) used a photographic image of a real actress on its poster — that of Cheung. After 25 years of making movies, she decided to retire from acting to pursue a career as a film composer. She would like to compose music and paint, after fulfilling her acting potential. How many actresses do you know have actually bowed out of the spotlight due to being fulfilled? My hat is off to this beautiful woman and she lands at the number 4 spot.