Chen Xiaoxu

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Chen Xiaoxu
Background information
Chinese name 陳曉旭 (traditional)
Chinese name 陈晓旭 (simplified)
Pinyin Chén Xiǎoxù (Mandarin)
Born (1965-10-29)October 29, 1965
Anshan, Liaoning
Died May 13, 2007(2007-05-13) (aged 41)
Shenzhen, Guangdong
Occupation actress

Chen Xiaoxu (simplified Chinese: 陈晓旭; traditional Chinese: 陳曉旭; pinyin: Chén Xiǎoxù; October 29, 1965 – May 13, 2007), Buddhist name Venerable Miao Zhen (釋妙真), was a Chinese actress, famous for her role as Lin Daiyu in 1987 TV series Dream of the Red Chamber.[1]


Chen Xiaoxu was born in Anshan, Liaoning in 1965. She became famous for her role as Lin Daiyu in Dream of the Red Chamber, a CCTV series in 1987.

However, Chen did not stay in the entertainment industry for long. She decided to begin a career in advertising. At the time, she was the General Manager for Shi Bang Advertisement Co. Ltd. and Shi Bang Culture Development Co. Ltd.[citation needed]

In 2007, less than two months before her death, Chen became a Buddhist nun, ordained by Venerable Master Chin Kung, and was given the Dharma name Miaozhen.[2]

Chen died of breast cancer in Shenzhen on May 13, 2007.[3]


  • 1984-1987—was cast in the China Central Television series, Dream of Red Mansions, and played the role of Lin Daiyu
  • 1988—was cast in the Shanghai TV series, The Family, Spring and Autumn (an adaptation of Ba Jin's fictional trilogy), and played the role of Cousin Mei.
  • 1998 She became the general manager and director of Beijing Cultural Development Co, Ltd
  • 2004 She was named one of "China's "30 outstanding women in advertising" in the competition of China's Advertising Billboard"

Personal life[edit]

Before the shooting of Dream of Red Mansions was completed, Chen married her boyfriend, whom she had known since childhood, and was her colleague in Anshan Modern Drama troupe. But the marriage did not last and ended in divorce.

Chen's second husband was Hao Tong, a student of Beijing Film Academy. Described as handsome and tall, he made her acquaintance due to graduate work. They both eventually turned to Buddhism.


  1. ^ Wang Yan, Chen Xiaoxu: A Real Life Dream Girl Archived May 18, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., Women of China, September 15, 2006.
  2. ^ Zhu Linyong, Search for inner peace, China Daily, March 13, 2007.
  3. ^ Guan Xiaomeng, Report: Lin Daiyu actress dies, China Daily, May 17, 2007. Chen Xiaoxu Foundation was established according to her wish.