When your spouse is an international superstar; you will likely remain in his or her shadows no matter your personal achievements. This is the fate that seems to have befallen Joan Lin.
Lin was an award-winning actress in her native Taiwan. However, most people know her as the wife of beloved martial arts actor – Jackie Chan. Get to know more about Lin here including her bio, personal life as well as other interesting facts about her.
Joan Lin Bio
Joan Lin Feng-Jiao was born on the 30th of June 1953 in the Taiwanese province of Taipei. She hails from a family of seven and is the 2nd out of five children. Lin spent her formative years in Taipei and initially pursued her education. She, however, dropped out of school at the age of 12. This was due to the inability of her parents to meet the required financial obligations involved. Joan Lin did not allow the fact that she dropped out of school to weigh her down. She rather worked hard to assist her family in any way she could. She also set about pursuing a career in the movie industry.
Lin’s hard work paid off when she landed her first role in the 1972 film – The Hero of Chin Chow. Lin’s illustrious acting career spanned a decade (1972 – 1982) and she featured in more than 60 movies. Most of the movies were based on romance novels by famous Taiwanese novelist – Chiung Yao. One of Lin’s most popular movies is the 1979 movie – The Story of a Small Town. The movie follows an ex-convict who embarks on a forbidden love affair with a mute woman. Joan Lin played the role of the mute heroine. Her excellent portrayal of the character fetched her many awards and recognition.
Joan Lin is married to the famous stuntman and actor – Jackie Chan. Chan is one of the most recognized movie stars in the world. He broke into Hollywood in the 90s and has since featured in blockbusters such as Rumble in the Bronx, Rush Hour, Shanghai Noon, The Spy Next Door and The Karate Kid. Joan Lin first met her husband in 1982. At that time, she was already a movie star in Taiwan while he was still an upcoming actor. Lin got pregnant a few months into the relationship and the couple decided to tie the knot. They relocated to America for this purpose and wedded in 1982. Their marriage ceremony was a low-key and a hastily put together affair.
The ceremony took place in the private room of a coffee shop in L.A. This was because the couple wanted to be hitched before their son would arrive. Since tying the knot in 1982, the couple has remained together despite some scandals. For instance, Jackie Chan once had an extramarital affair with an Asian beauty queen named Elaine Ng Yi-Lei. The affair produced a daughter named Etta Ng Chok Lam who was born in January 1999. Chan regretted the fair but blamed it on the fact that he was just a man. Chan has also insinuated that he only married Lin because she was pregnant. He also reportedly said that there is no more love between them.
Joan Lin has only one child with her husband. His name is Jaycee Chan Joming. Jaycee has followed his dad into the movie industry. He has featured in movies such as The Twins Effect II, 2 Young, Breakup Club, Double Trouble, Kung Fu Panda, etc. Jaycee is also a musician and has released albums in the Mandarin language. The albums are Jaycee (2004), Safe Journey (2008) and Chaos (2010). Jaycee got into trouble with the law in August 2014. He was arrested for allowing people to use marijuana in his Beijing apartment. He spent six months in jail and later expressed remorse for his actions.
Other Facts about Joan Lin
* She won the award for the best leading actress at the 1979 Golden Horse Award. This was for her role in the movie, The Story of a Small Town.
* Her acting career lasted for a decade during which she featured in as much as 70 movies.
* Her husband holds the Guinness World Record for most stunts performed by a human being.
* Joan was nominated for best actress award at the 1978 Golden Horse Award. This was for her role in the movie – He Never Gives Up.