Lin Chi ling Biography
Name: Lin Zhi Ling (Ling Zhiling, Lin Chiling, Lin Chi Ling, Lam Chih Ling)
Chinese name: 林志玲
Nickname: Bing Chiling (means ice-cream), Chilling, Ling-Ling
Birth date: November 29, 1973
Birth place: Taiwan
Blood Type: O
Education: University of Toronto (Western Art History and Economics)
Profession: Supermodel, TV and show host, soon to be actress
Favorite color: White
Favorite actress: Audrey Hepburn
Chi-ling Lin is one of Taiwan's top models, making over 1,000,000 USD in 2004 by promoting several different products. Although she is primarily known as a model, she is starting to become an actress.
Lin Zhi Ling created a phenomenon in Taiwan; it took less than a year to make her the most talk about celebrity in worldwide Chinese community.
Lin Zhi Ling came from a strong family background. She left Taiwan when she was 15 and obtained her double major degree from Toronto University.
Lin Zhi Ling started her entertainment career in modeling in 1999, started in catwalk and featured in various commercial ads, gradually gaining popularity among Taiwanese.
Chiling’s popularity however shot sky high in 2004 when she was rumored to be the girlfriend of Taiwanese heartthrob Jerry Yan, whom they work in the same modeling agency.
The ‘Zhi Ling miracle’ was unstoppable since then, she appeared as ambassador for various products, started hosting TV show and gala events like Golden Horse Awards.
Lin Zhi Ling made international headlines in 2005 when she fell from a horse and suffered severe injury while filming for a commercial advertisement in China. The incident also created debates and controversies when Taiwan officials use president-like treatments for her, including a private jet to bring her back to Taiwan.
It took Zhi Ling a few months to recover from her injury; her entertainment career however was not affected, and grew even stronger.
In May 2006, Zhi Ling decided to take a break from her busy modeling and hosting career and take training courses in acting, to prepare for her debut movie “Red Cliff” directed by international famous director John Woo.