Brigitte Lin Ching Hsia, born on 3 November 1954, was discovered at the age of seventeen while walking with her friends at Ximenting, Taipei. Her film debut was as the female lead, Jiang Yan-rong in the film “Outside the Window” (1973). In 1976, she would win her first award, Best Actress for her role as girl scout Yang Huimin in “Eight Hundred Heroes”, at the Asia Pacific Film Festival.
In 1984, her career focus shifted to Hong Kong and thereafter she tried many different roles. In 1990, she would win her second Best Actress at the Golden Horse Film Awards, for her role as writer Shen Shao-hua in “Red Dust”.
In 1992, her role as “Asia the Invincible”（东方不败）would propel her to her second peak in her career, and revived popularity in wuxia movies. She would become famous for her cross-dressing roles in many of her films from 1992 to 1994, such as New Dragon Gate Inn (1992) and and Ashes of Time (1994; Redux 2008).
She retired from film-making in 1994 after her marriage.
“When Ching-hsia dresses up as a woman, she is the most beautiful woman; when she dresses up as a man, she is the most handsome man” –Stephen Chow
“There can only be one such beauty in every fifty years.” –Tsui Hark
“I remember at an after party (for the Golden Horse Film Awards), the place was packed with film stars. I stood there and all I can see is Brigitte in the centre. Definitely THE STAR of all stars. I could barely see anyone else.” –Ang Lee
“One cannot claim to have made a movie until one has worked with Lin Ching Hsia.” –John Woo