Thursday, May 13, 2010

A lady of grace

Exuding charm and grace, Cambodian actress Dy Saveth
It was my first proper meeting with legendary actress Dy Saveth at the Chinese House last night and she proved to be delightful company, fluent in English, French, Chinese, Thai and of course her native tongue, Khmer. She exudes calm and grace, with a lovely touch of wit and I might just take her up on her offer to teach me to dance. She is of course one of Cambodia's most famous faces, dubbed the Cambodian Bridgette Bardot in her heyday and who in her mid-sixties, has lost none of her vivacity and sparkle. These days, she's a professor of fine arts at the Royal University of Phnom Penh and is sharing the secret of her acting success with Cambodia's next generation. Perhaps her most famous film role was as the Snake Girl in the 1970 adaptation of a Khmer folk tale, Pous Keng Kang, though she starred in a great many films, more than 100, including Crepuscule (Twilight), in 1969, a film directed by and starring Norodom Sihanouk and his wife Monique. Known to all of Cambodia's cinema-goers in the '60s and '70s, she managed to escape from the turmoil of Phnom Penh in 1975 and settled in France, one of the very few actors to survive the genocidal rule of the Khmer Rouge. She'd begun acting in 1960, when she won Cambodia's first beauty pageant, and shows no signs of quitting, either acting or singing.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Khmer people are so lucky to have such wonderful Khmer actress living longer.

May 15, 2010 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

I agree and she shows no signs of stopping either. She is a great ambassador for Cambodian grace and charm.

May 19, 2010 at 9:13 AM  

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