Isabella Leong

Luísa Isabella Nolasco da Silva Leong Lok-yau (born 23 June 1988), better known as Isabella Leong, is a Macanese-born, Hong Kong-based actress and former singer.

Isabella Leong
梁洛施
Isabella in 2007 in Taipei, Taiwan
Born
Leong Lok-yau (梁樂瑤)
Luisa Isabella Nolasco da Silva

(1988-06-23) 23 June 1988
Partner(s)Richard Li (2008–2011)
Children3
Parent(s)Luís Nolasco da Silva
AwardsGolden Bauhinia AwardsBest New Performer
2006 Isabella

Chinese name
Musical career
Also known asIsabella Leong
Isabella Leung
Luisa Isabella Leung
Leung Lok-si
GenresCantopop
InstrumentsVocals

Early life

Luísa Isabella Nolasco da Silva was born on 23 June 1988, in Macao to Luís Alberto Marques Nolasco da Silva (b. , 8 August 1951; d. São Lourenço, 20 January 1989)[1] and a croupier. She has a sister who is seven years older.[2]

Leong's father was a descendant of one of the most prominent and long-established Macanese families, Nolasco da Silva family. Her father was born to Frederico Joao Moreira de Sousa Teles de Menezes, a Portuguese father and Terry Marques Nolasco, a Chinese woman living in Portugal.[3] Frederico Joao is the sixth generation of the family and former President of the Macau Football Association.[4] Leong's father has two elder brothers, Henrique and Frederico and one younger brother, Jose Manuel.[5]

Leong's father suffered from a secret drug addiction and died from an overdose when she was only 6 months old. Leong had never received recognition from her paternal family, so she took her mother's surname. Leong's mother worked as a croupier in Casino Lisboa[6] and Leong was responsible for contributing to the family's finances.[7]

In 1993, she moved from Macau to Hong Kong and enrolled in Po Leung Kuk Camões Tan Siu Lin Primary School, after which she went to several schools in Hong Kong and Macao. She attended Macau Sam Yuk Middle School in 1999 but dropped out.[8]

Career

To help provide for her family, Leong abandoned school at age 12 to become a model for Emperor Entertainment Group.[9]

She later began singing and released her debut album, Isabella, when she was 16 years old. Isabella did not achieve the success hoped for and Leong subsequently debuted with acting. From 2005 to 2007, she made a string of films including The Eye 10, Bug Me Not!, Isabella, Diary, and Spider Lilies.

Leong won her first American film role in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, which was released in 2008.[10]

EEG contract dispute

Emperor Entertainment Group filed a lawsuit in the High Court on 3 April 2008, to seek damages from Leong for breaking a 10-year contract which Leong's mother signed for her when she was only 12 years old. Leong filed a writ against the company on 27 April.[9] In November 2008, the legal battle between Leong and EEG ended in an out-of-court settlement, with the star "free to pursue her career".[11]

Personal life

In 2008, Leong met Hong Kong businessman Richard Li, son of billionaire Li Ka-shing, on a movie set, when she was 20 and he was 41.[12] In April 2009, Leong gave birth to their first son Ethan Li Cheung Tsz. For this, Leong was allowed to use Li's family mansions in San Francisco. They also provided her with an entourage of caregivers, including five bodyguards, four full-time nannies and a personal attendant.[13] Channel News Asia has speculated on whether Leong and Li have a prenuptial agreement.[13] A 100-day-old banquet was held for her son from 9–11 July 2009, for three consecutive days, with some of the city's celebrities like Stanley Ho and his second wife Lam Wan Ying, and Tsang Yam Pui and his wife spotted in attendance.[14]

In June 2010, Leong gave birth to Li's twin sons in San Francisco.[15]

In March 2011, Leong announced that she and Li had ended their relationship. They both declared that the split was amicable and that they would both take care of their children.[16][17]

Discography

Album # Album information
1st Isabella – First Album Versions A, B, C
2nd I am Isabella (EP)
3rd To Find Love (EP)
4th I am Isabella (Complete Version)
5th Say Goodbye... Luisa (DualDisc) (CD+DVD)
  • Release Date : 15 August 2006
  • Language : Cantonese
  • Subtitle : Traditional Chinese
  • Package Weight: 210 g
  • Publisher : Emperor Entertainment Group (HK)

Publication

Product
Isabella Photo Album
  • Format : 80 Pages
  • Language : Traditional Chinese
  • Publisher : Megalink International Communications Ltd ISBN 988-98130-6-8
  • Release Date : 12 August 2005
EEG Artiste Crystal – Isabella
Post Card – Isabella
Isabella Artiste Profile

Filmography

Year Title Role
2004Sunshine Heartbeat
赤沙印记@四叶草2
Girl asking for fortune
2005The Eye 10
見鬼 10
April
Bug Me Not!
虫不知
Moon
(小月)
Dragon Squad
猛龍
Kong's daughter
(江綽芝)
A Chinese Tall Story
情癲大聖
Red Child
(紅孩兒)
2006McDull, the Alumni
春田花花同學會
Wing Yan
(詠思)
Isabella
伊莎貝拉
Cheung Bik-Yan
(張碧欣)
Dragon Tiger Gate
龍虎門
voice
Diary
妄想
Leung Wing Na/Ho Lai Yee
(梁詠娜/何麗儀)
The Knot
云水谣
Wang Xiao-rui
(王曉芮)
2007Simply Actors
戲王之王
Guest
Spider Lilies
刺青
Takeko
(竹子)
2008Missing
深海尋人
Chen Xiao-Kai
(陳小凱)
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon EmperorLin
(小林)
201512 Golden Ducks
Murmur of the Hearts
2019Missbehavior

[18] [19]

Awards

Fantasporto (2006)

Golden Bauhinia Awards (2006)

Nominations

Hong Kong Film Awards (2005)

Hong Kong Film Awards (2007)

Hong Kong Film Awards (2007)

  • Best Supporting Actress for Diary

Golden Bauhinia Awards (2007)

  • Best Supporting Actress for Diary

References

  1. Jorge Eduardo de Abreu Pamplona Forjaz (1996). Fundação Oriente (ed.). Famílias Macaenses, 1st Edition. pp. Volume II. 800.
  2. "李泽楷梁洛施历程回顾:一个不缺钱一个很缺钱".
  3. "梁洛施祖母萬里尋孫 「好掛念她」".
  4. "【※漂亮ISA※】梁洛施 Blue Mood".
  5. "祖母FB留言尋孫女梁洛施冇回音".
  6. "揭秘梁洛施传奇奋斗史 产前产后生活大不同(图)".
  7. ""星妈"神秘身份曝光:梁洛施妈妈".
  8. "梁洛施被曝生双胞胎".
  9. South China Morning Post. We paid nothing to settle: Emperor. Retrieved 18 November 2008.
  10. Isabella to fight Mummy 3.
  11. South China Morning Post. Deal frees starlet from Emperor Group fold. Retrieved 18 November 2008.
  12. "Isabella Leong’s former lover tycoon Richard Li breaks silence on split". Channel NewsAsia. March 2011.
  13. Channelnewsasia.com
  14. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 July 2009. Retrieved 15 July 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. Xinhuanet: Isabella Leong gives birth to twin sons Archived 2 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  16. "Isabella Leong announces split from tycoon Richard Li". Channel NewsAsia. 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  17. "Talk of other women way off the money, says Li". The Standard. Hong Kong. 2011. Archived from the original on 28 June 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  18. "Isabella Leong". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  19. "Isabella Leong". chinesemov.com. Retrieved 23 March 2010.

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