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Actress Lee Young-ae Tops Hong Kong Chart as "Woman of the Year"

2006/01/02 | Permalink | Source

"Hallyu" star actress Lee Young-ae (35) has topped the list in Hong Kong for "Woman of the Year in 2005."

On Dec. 31 2005, RTHK, a public network in Hong Kong, released the results of a mail-based poll of 1,398 citizens. It showed Lee Young-ae, the lead actress of the soap opera "Jewel in the Palace" (Dae Jang Geum), atop the list with 49 percent of the votes.

Lee was chosen as the "Woman of the Year in 2005" by far outdistancing the second place choice--an elderly woman named Lu Shaolan (21 percent), who became famous for filing a lawsuit against a giant real estate corporation.

"Jewel in the Palace" was aired on Hong Kong's TVB from Jan. 24 to May 1, 2005, hitting an all-time high in viewership rates (average rate of 47 percent and a high of 50 percent) in the history of Hong Kong TV broadcasting.

It is estimated that 3.28 million Hong Kong residents, or half of the entire population of the city, watched the drama. The Hong Kong daily "Ming Bao" chose "Jewel in the Palace" (Dae Jang Geum) as the TV drama of the year.

Meanwhile, pop singer "Rain" ranked second as the "Man of the Year in 2005" with 22 percent of the votes following Donald Tsang, Hong Kong's Chief Executive (33 percent). The late Pope John Paul II, who died in April 2005, ranked third with 13 percent of the votes.

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