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19 Jun 2009

Famous Chinese Eltonites

Zhang Ziyi was born the 9th of February 1980, in Beijing, China. When she was 11, she enrolled in the Central Drama Academy in Beijing where she received her dramatic training. Zhang Ziyi's calling was answered when she auditioned for a shampoo commercial, directed by Zhang Yimou, who used the commercial as a way to audition actresses for his upcoming film. Zhang Ziyi was the perfect choice for the part of a young, rural schoolgirl in love with a schoolteacher, and she was cast in the lead role of 1999's The Road Home, which won the Silver Bear award in the 2000 Berlin Film Festival, propelling Ziyi into the international limelight.

Zhang Ziyi attended the 2008 Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscars viewing party held at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.

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