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Barbara Yung's life in England

20140514 apple next media

 http://hk.apple.nextmedia.com/realtime/news/20140514/52468819

[Apple] 1985 year newspaper reports of suicide, Kent kissed corpse goodbye

May 14, 1985 , is a sad day for many TV fans , because their favorite
"Huang Rong" Yung Mei Ling had committed suicide with gas in her home,
and was confirmed dead in hospital.

Most thought Yung was troubled by love and her boyfriend Kent was condemned
by many. When her body was moved to the mortuary the next day , Kent pleaded
hard to have a last look at her. Faced with her icy body, Kent kissed her,
and himself full of tears. The scene was sadder than scenes in a drama.

Barbara Yung was born May 7, 1959 , with birth and death dates only a week apart.
She committed suicide aged 26, while her career was blooming. Her death, therefore,
had shocked the whole Hong Kong territory.

Barbara attended high school in Hong Kong before emigrated to England to
join with her family. She returned to Hong Kong at the age of 23 to participate
in the Miss Hong Kong Pageant, reaching position of the top 15 contestants.
Though she didn't win, she did become an actress with TVB and first appeared
in the TV series "The Legend of the Unknowns". She then became involved with
Kent Tong. According to report their personality always clashes. Still they
tried to get along, appearing together as a loving couple.

In 1983, Barbara took up the famous role of "Huang Rong" in Jin Yong's
well known novel "Legends of the Condor Heroes". Her smart, unruly vivid acting,
made her became a legendary "Huang Rong" that Chinese classic TV fans considered
no others can surpass even to this date.

Although being famous and surrounded by countless suitors, Barbara stayed with Kent.
It was reported the two had a falling out because of the wealthy son Chau Sai Lung,
and it was also rumored Kent Tong have had an affair with another actress. It was
reported that Yung committed suicide to seek relief because of the troubled
relationship that had resulted.

May 14, 1985, 8 am in the morning, Yung was found unconscious in her apartment
and the room was filled with gas. She was certified dead in hospital later.
Kent rushed to the hospital and broke down in tears after learning the sad news.

Although her suicide did not arouse any suspicion, the event had shocked the whole
territory, so police and government attached great importance in handling that.
Her body was sent to the mortuary and immediately transferred to the cold room and
put into body bag, then sealed with anti-tamper label.

It took time for Barbara's family in UK to hurry back to Hong Kong. After her death,
non relatives were banned from seeing Barbara's body by the mortuary staff. Kent Tong,
Chau and even Barbara's god mother also went to the mortuary but were turned away.
Kent Tong however, accompanied by Michael Miu and other friends, revisited the
mortuary later to beg the mortuary staff for a special arrangement for him to have
a final look of Barbara. Ultimately the mortuary staff relented and let them in.
When Kent saw the body, he allegedly crying out of control, and finally kissed
the corpse before leaving.

The funeral was on May 19, held at the Kowloon funeral parlor. Thousands
of fans lined the streets to bid farewell to the cute Huang Rong, while Kent
was so sad that he required the physical support of friends under the arms.
He placed a rose on Barbara's hair, and broke a comb into two. He left part
of the comb with her body and kept the other. This ceremonial process is typically
perform by a grieving husband towards his departed wife.

In 2012, "Apple Daily" entertainment reported, before Yung came back to Hong Kong,
she have had a secret love affair with her Dutch boyfriend Rob while they were
living in Cambridge. Rob took three years to build a web site to remember
his previous lover, publishing photos of their lives in Britain. Rob was
subsequently interviewed by a Holland Radio Station. He described Barbara as
a lively, lovely and humorous girl. He joked, "When I first saw Barbara played
the Huang Rong character, I immediately thought that clearly is her own self,
she is not even acting!"

Rob also revealed that Barbara's parents were against her love affair with a
foreigner, hoping their daughter can marry a rich Chinese guy instead.
Both mother and Barbara often argue over this which led to Barbara two suicide
attempts. Rob said that Barbara did not really want to die, she just want her
parents to change their attitude. Rob said, "I believe that when she finally
turned on the gas, her intention is the same, but unfortunately it was too late
before they found her!"

(thanks to eblc2006 for this translation)

 

1985年5月14日,是許多電視迷心痛的日子,因「俏黃蓉」翁美玲在寓所開煤氣自殺,送院後證實死亡。各界都認為翁美玲是為情所困尋死,其男友湯鎮業則受盡千夫所指,當年報章報道,翁美玲的遺體送到殮房翌日,湯鎮業苦苦哀求下獲特別安排得見愛人最後一臉。面對冰冷的遺體,湯鎮業當場灑淚及撫屍吻別,場面比電視劇更哀傷。

洋名Barbara的翁美玲生於1959年5月7日,生辰和死忌僅相差一周,輕生時才26歲,而其演藝事業正如日方中,因此死訊震撼全港。

翁美玲在港讀至中學後舉家移民英國,至23歲時返港參加港姐,成為最後15強,雖沒未能稱后,但獲無綫簽約成為藝員,首度參演電視劇《十三妹》時,與劇中的湯鎮業相戀。據報兩人性格不合,相處時常有爭拗,但仍愛得癡纏。

至1983年,翁美玲以新人姿態飾演金庸名著《射雕英雄傳》中的女主角黃蓉,其冰雪聰明、刁蠻任性活靈活現,成為華人電視迷無法取代的經典,「俏黃蓉」地位至今無人能及。

雖然大紅大紫,追求者無數,但翁美玲對湯鎮業用情最深。其後有報道指兩人鬧翻,與富家公子鄒世龍傳出緋聞,湯亦與其也女星鬧緋聞,有指翁美玲因陷入多角戀而深受困擾,最終選擇尋死解脫。

1985年5月14日早上8時許,翁美玲被揭昏迷於廣播道寓所內,當時屋內充斥煤氣味,她送院後證實死亡。當日湯鎮業趕到醫院,得悉噩耗後當場哭成淚人。

雖然案件無可疑,但翁美玲自殺轟動全港,警方及政府部門都非常重視,其遺體即日便被送到殮房並立即轉送到雪房,由專人看守下放進屍袋,再用火漆封口,以防遭人擅自打開。

翁美玲死後第二天,由於其母親及家人均在英國,需時由英國趕返,殮房拒絕非直系親友觀看遺體,湯鎮業、鄒世龍及翁的契媽先後到殮房亦吃閉門羮。湯鎮業當日第二度折返殮房,在苗僑偉等友人陪同下,再度哀求殮房職員通融,希望可作出特別處理,讓他見愛人最後一臉,最終打動職員,讓湯鎮業進入雪房見翁的遺容。據稱當時湯鎮業失控痛哭,最後撫屍吻別才願離開。

翁美玲的葬禮於5月19日在九龍世界殯儀館舉行,萬千影迷夾道送別俏黃蓉,而湯鎮業傷心得需要友人攙扶下,臨別前將一朵玫瑰花別在翁美玲的髮髻,更將一把梳子一分為二,將髮前一段作為翁的陪葬品,另一端則作保留,此儀式被視為喪妻的祭奠風俗。

2012年《蘋果日報》娛樂版報道,翁美玲來港發展前,原來與荷蘭男友Rob有一段劍橋秘戀。這位荷蘭情人更耗時三年製作網站,上載翁美玲英國的生活照。Rob其後接受荷蘭電台訪問時,形容翁美玲活潑、可愛和幽默,笑說:「我第一次看到她演黃蓉的劇集時,心裏就想:『那分明就是她自己,她根本就沒在演戲嘛!」

Rob又透露,翁美玲父母反對她與「鬼仔」相戀,希望翁美玲可以嫁給華人富家子弟,兩母女經常為此爭吵,翁美玲曾因此兩次鬧自殺。Rob表示,翁美玲並非真的想死,只是想讓母親改變態度,「我相信她最後開煤氣時也是這樣的用意,只可惜他們發現得太晚了!」

Rob製作的網站:
http://www.barbarayung.nl

 

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