Fans throng airport to see HK child star

Hong Kong child star Fung Bo Bo, dubbed the Shirley Temple of the Cantonese screen, visited Singapore this week 50 years ago, to the delight of her adoring fans.

"I told you that we would come back," the then 11-year-old told a crowd of young girls at the airport reception hall. Fung had visited Singapore about three years earlier.

Fans surrounded the airport entrances and her car, with some holding up a welcome banner.

She started acting when she was about three years old and had chalked up credits in more than 120 movies by the time she was 14.

One of her most notable roles was in Little Sweetheart (1956), directed by her father Fung Fung.

In October 1965, she was in Singapore and Malaysia with her older sister on a six-month performing tour to sing and dance.

Fung, who is 61 this year, is married to a Malaysian architect and is based in Penang. She was in Singapore in June this year and reunited with her Singaporean godmother, Madam Wee Poh Keok.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 25, 2015, with the headline 'Fans throng airport to see HK child star'. Print Edition | Subscribe