Comeback queens?

Chen Xiuhuan so baffled by nomination, she could not say anything

Actress Chen Xiuhuan's last win was in 1994.
Actress Chen Xiuhuan's last win was in 1994.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Home-grown actress Lina Ng was last nominated for a Top Ten Most Popular Female Artists award in 1998.
Home-grown actress Lina Ng was last nominated for a Top Ten Most Popular Female Artists award in 1998.ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

Chen Xiuhuan and Lina Ng , both nominated for this year's Star Awards Top Ten Most Popular Female Artists, were last given the nod more than 20 years ago

When Singapore actress Chen Xiuhuan's three daughters were growing up, they referred to their mother's friends as "Auntie Zoe" and "Auntie Huifang", without realising that they were in the presence of some of Singapore television's brightest stars.

"I didn't allow them to watch television when they were younger, so they never knew that Zoe, Huifang and I acted," says Chen, who quit show business in 1995 to marry her Taiwanese businessman husband.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 09, 2019, with the headline 'Chen Xiuhuan so baffled by nomination, she could not say anything'. Print Edition | Subscribe