She was another celebrity name I grew up with, along with Leslie Cheung. I didn't like her at first. Dubbing her the Madonna of Asia was right on, I hated Madonna back then too. Anita acted cocky. I didn't like her costumes. I didn't like her makeup. I didn't like her songs, it was something in the timbre of her voice that took me a long time to get used to. There were only a few songs of hers that I liked.
Like Madonna, her image calmed down and straightened out after a phase of punkiness. Unlike Madonna, I began to see her acting and singing talent. The series I remember the most was the romantic drama 香江花月夜 opposite Michael Miu 苗僑偉.
I loved her comedic abilities. She was hilarious whenever she did fun stuff, especially alongside Jackie Chan. I think the only role I can point to that everyone would know is Elaine, the harried grocery store owner, in Rumble in the Bronx.
誰在命裡主牢我, 每天掙扎, 人海裡面
外貌早改變, 處境都變, 情懷未變
Anita 梅艷芳, 1963 - 2003