Gong Li becomes citizen of Singapore

7:52 AM PST 11/10/2008 by Reuters, AP

'Memoirs of a Geisha' actress was born in China

SINGAPORE -- Chinese actress Gong Li, the glamorous siren who made a successful crossover to Hollywood, has become a Singaporean, a local newspaper reported Monday.

Li, 43, rose to fame as a star of lush Chinese moves such as "Red Sorghum," "Raise the Red Lantern" and "Farewell my Concubine" before earning wider fame in Hollywood films such as "Memoirs of a Geisha," "Miami Vice" and "Hannibal Rising."

Li, who is married to a local tobacco businessman, raised the hackles of some Singaporeans in August when she failed to show up at a citizenship ceremony.

They felt the actress, who was filming a movie overseas at the time, was showing disrespect to her new home.

But the newspaper carried a picture on Monday of Li at a citizenship ceremony, swearing allegiance along with 149 other new citizens.
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