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Ge Lan was born in Haining City, Zhejiang Province (South-West China) and was brought up in Shanghai. In 1949 her family emigrated to Hong Kong, where she studied singing and later acting. After her graduation in 1952, she joined Taishan Film Company, where soon she debuted in movies with "Seven Sisters". In 1959 she joined MP&GI, later Cathay, and resumed her artistic relationship with reputed director Evan Yang. This same year she appeared in "The Dinah Shore Show" for NBC TV, and became the first Chinese actress who performed in the American TV station. In 1961, American Capitol record company published "Hong Kong's Grace Chang: The Nightingale of the Orient". On June 15, she married rich merchant Gao Fu Chuan and in 1964 she left the movie world.