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TVB sorrow over loss of `Happy Nut'

Wednesday, February 20, 2008


Few would disagree that Lydia Shum - the "Happy Nut" - was Hong Kong's entertainment icon.

Veteran producer Robert Chua Wah-Peng, who signed Shum in 1967 for TVB's Enjoy Yourself Tonight variety show, described Shum, who started in the movies in her teens, as an irreplaceable talent and said her death was a great loss.

TVB was filled with sorrow yesterday, general manager Stephen Chan Chi-wan said.

"The mood was very complicated - we are saddened with the news because we are so familiar with her. We need some time to pacify our emotions."

Chan said Shum was more than an artiste, she was like a mother to many Hong Kongers.

TVB arranged two specials and three rerun shows last night in her memory.

Some of her closest friends, including Woo Fung and Lee Heung-kam, were among the guests.

More than 10 movies and TV shows starring Shum will be shown from today until February 29 on TVB's Jade channel.

Woo said Shum was a kind and helpful person. He added Shum liked to invite friends to dine and one of her favorites was hot pot.

"She was fat and had diabetes but she liked playing marathon mahjong sessions. It was bad for her health."

Among many senior officials and politicians who offered their condolences were Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Frederick Ma Si- hang and Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing.

Lawmaker Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee, Shum's colleague decades ago, said she was dedicated and devoted to her job.

Longtime partner Carol "Dodo" Cheng Yu-Ling said: "She is no longer suffering from illnesses so it could actually be a relief. I just hope [daughter Joyce Cheng] Yan- yee will live bravely."

The Hong Kong Performing Artistes Guild expressed extreme sorrow. It said her famous laugh will always be remembered.

"Shum's kindness, patience to the younger generation, professionalism and bravery should be fostered by her juniors."


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