November 10, 2008 / 1:29 AM / 10 years ago

Chinese actress Gong Li becomes a Singaporean: report

Chinese movie star Gong Li waves as she attends Aimer lingerie trends release S/S 2009 at China Fashion Week in Beijing, November 4, 2008. REUTERS/Jason Lee

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Chinese actress Gong Li, the glamorous siren who made a successful crossover to Hollywood, has become a Singaporean, a local newspaper reported on 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 “Hanibal 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.

Reporting by Melanie Lee; Editing by David Fox

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