Retired HK actress Rosamund Kwan celebrates 61st birthday quietly, breaking tradition of grand celebrations with friends

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    30th September 2023 – (Hong Kong) Rosamund Kwan Chi-lam, known for her stunning beauty during her younger years in the film industry, continues to captivate fans despite being retired. Though she celebrated her 61st birthday recently, she surprisingly refrained from extravagant celebrations. On her birthday, she uploaded a video and wrote, “Did no one wish me a happy birthday? I guess I’ll have to wait another year!”

    In the video, Rosamund Kwan, dressed in a cream-coloured coat and sporting shoulder-length hair, can be seen holding a cake and smiling at the camera. Behind her, there are balloons, a large bouquet of roses, and gifts, but no other individuals are visible, indicating that the setup was arranged by her team for filming purposes. Despite being in her sixties, Rosamund Kwan appears to defy ageing, with tight and radiant skin, a fit physique, and no signs of excess weight. Many netizens couldn’t help but marvel at her incredible rejuvenation, as she seems to have returned to her peak beauty.

    In previous years, Rosamund Kwan’s birthdays were marked by grand parties organised by her numerous friends. Even on her 59th birthday two years ago, Rosamund Kwan celebrated with champagne and friends. She even used the hashtag “#thankyoutoallmyfamilyandfriends” and had a backdrop that read “Rosamund Kwan Happy Birthday.” The venue was adorned with a large number of white and gold balloons, and the birthday cake was thoughtfully prepared. However, this year, Rosamund Kwan chose not to celebrate lavishly and instead quietly uploaded a birthday video. Nevertheless, she still received an outpouring of birthday wishes from her fans.

    Rosamund Kwan Chi Lam, born as Kwan Kar Wai on 24th September 1962, is a former Hong Kong actress best known for her role as “Thirteenth Aunt” in the Once Upon a Time in China film series during the 1990s. She retired from acting in 2007 and later co-founded the Hong Kong-based beauty brand RK Beauty together with fellow actress Helen Ma.

    Rosamund Kwan was born in British Hong Kong to a father, Kwan Shan, who was a star at Shaw Brothers, and a mother, Cheung Bing-sai, who was also an actress from Shanghai. She attended Maryknoll Convent School in Kowloon Tong during her upbringing.

    Her acting career began with a role in the ATV soap opera “Agency 24”. She made her film debut alongside Chow Yun-fat in the 1982 film “The Head Hunter” and went on to appear in films such as “Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars” with Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, and Yuen Biao. She collaborated with Jackie Chan again in “Project A Part II” and “Armour of God.” Additionally, she starred alongside Jet Li in “Swordsman II” and “Dr. Wai in ‘The Scripture with No Words,'” and portrayed the character Shao Yun, also known as “Sup Sum Yee” or “13th Aunt,” throughout the Once Upon a Time in China film series.

    While she predominantly appeared in dramatic films, Rosamund Kwan gained international recognition for her roles in Hong Kong action films, sharing the screen with various renowned stars of the genre. She also appeared in several films alongside Andy Lau, including “Casino Raiders” and “The Wesley’s Mysterious File.” In 1994, she released a duet record with Lau titled “Love Forever.”

    On a personal note, Rosamund Kwan was previously married to financial service mogul Chris Wong Kwok Sing in 1981, but the marriage ended after only nine months. She later married Taiwanese businessman Pierre Chen in 2014, although they divorced in 2015 without any public announcement.