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The man discovers the very glamorous life of his late grandmother while browsing her old photo albums

A California man had to wait until after his grandmother passed away in February to get a chance to peruse her old photo albums – and he was amazed to discover how truly glamorous her life was.

Grandma of Johnny Quan Leung Ping (梁 萍, also known as Teresa Leung) died earlier this year at the age of 93 and after her funeral, he was able to look back on her life as a model and prominent ‘shidaiqu’ pop singer under EMI / Pathé in Shanghai.

She grew up and witnessed hardships during the Chinese Civil War, the Sino-Japanese War / WW2 and the Communist Revolution. [During] the latter, shidaiqu was banned, considered “yellow music” (in chinese “yellow” “, is a pun for” pornographic “),” he wrote for Bored Panda. “She fled to and continued to sing in Hong Kong and then Singapore before largely retreating to San Francisco.”

“She was very private with these photos – I had never seen them before she died,” he added. “My aunt reflected how she once asked if she could look at it, and she grinned,” You can look at it when I go. ‘

Now, he is share the snaps of his grandmother’s life in the 1940s, 50s and 60s, during which she showed her modeling work, sang to large crowds and posed for photos with stars like Elizabeth Taylor.

Treasury: Johnny Quan's grandmother Leung Ping (梁 萍, also known as Teresa Leung) died earlier this year at the age of 93

Treasury: Johnny Quan’s grandmother Leung Ping (梁 萍, also known as Teresa Leung) died earlier this year at the age of 93

Proud: She wouldn't let her family look through her photo albums when she was alive, so Johnny (photo) has been going through them since her death

Proud: She wouldn't let her family look through her photo albums when she was alive, so Johnny (photo) has been going through them since her death

Proud: She wouldn’t let her family look through her photo albums when she was alive, so Johnny (photo) has been going through them since her death

Iconic: He found photos of her with Elizabeth Taylor, Mike Todd and Run Run Shaw in Singapore, November 1957

Iconic: He found photos of her with Elizabeth Taylor, Mike Todd and Run Run Shaw in Singapore, November 1957

Iconic: He found photos of her with Elizabeth Taylor, Mike Todd and Run Run Shaw in Singapore, November 1957

Megastar: Shaw asked his grandmother to be a representative of the Singaporean entertainment industry to greet Taylor

Megastar: Shaw asked his grandmother to be a representative of the Singaporean entertainment industry to greet Taylor

Megastar: Shaw asked his grandmother to be a representative of the Singaporean entertainment industry to greet Taylor

Singer: She was a model and prominent 'shidaiqu' pop singer under EMI / Pathé in Shanghai

Singer: She was a model and prominent 'shidaiqu' pop singer under EMI / Pathé in Shanghai

Singer: She was a model and prominent ‘shidaiqu’ pop singer under EMI / Pathé in Shanghai

Hobnobbing: His grandmother poses in 1957 with Marian Anderson, a famous American singer

Hobnobbing: His grandmother poses in 1957 with Marian Anderson, a famous American singer

Hobnobbing: His grandmother poses in 1957 with Marian Anderson, a famous American singer

Put on a show! Leung Ping is shown singing to a large crowd

Put on a show! Leung Ping is shown singing to a large crowd

Put on a show! Leung Ping is shown singing to a large crowd

Working on it! His grandmother was also a model and competed in the Miss Hong Kong pageant

Working on it! His grandmother was also a model and competed in the Miss Hong Kong pageant

Working on it! His grandmother was also a model and competed in the Miss Hong Kong pageant

She 'grew up and witnessed hardships during the Chinese Civil War, the Sino-Japanese War / WW2 and the Communist Revolution'

She 'grew up and witnessed hardships during the Chinese Civil War, the Sino-Japanese War / WW2 and the Communist Revolution'

She 'grew up and witnessed hardships during the Chinese Civil War, the Sino-Japanese War / WW2 and the Communist Revolution'

She 'grew up and witnessed hardships during the Chinese Civil War, the Sino-Japanese War / WW2 and the Communist Revolution'

Key moments: She ‘grew up in and witnessed hardships during the Chinese Civil War, the Sino-Japanese War / WW2 and the Communist Revolution’

History lesson: During the communist revolution, shidaiqu was banned, considered “yellow music” (in Chinese “yellow” 黄, is a pun for “pornographic”)

“She was very private with these photos – I had never seen them before she died,” said Johnny

He added, “My aunt reflected how she once asked if she could look at it, and she grinned,” You can look at it when I go. “

Belting it out: his grandmother is depicted during a musical performance

Belting it out: his grandmother is depicted during a musical performance

Belting it out: his grandmother is depicted during a musical performance

Looks good! She appears to have had a pretty impressive wardrobe

Looks good! She appears to have had a pretty impressive wardrobe

Looks good! She appears to have had a pretty impressive wardrobe

Looks good! She appears to have had a pretty impressive wardrobe

Looks good! She appears to have had a pretty impressive wardrobe

Selling Things: She's also appeared in ads, like this one for Beck's Kunchi Beer

Selling Things: She's also appeared in ads, like this one for Beck's Kunchi Beer

Selling Things: She’s also appeared in ads, like this one for Beck’s Kunchi Beer

Looking back: the photos are mainly from the 40s, 50s and 60s of the last century

Looking back: the photos are mainly from the 40s, 50s and 60s of the last century

Looking back: the photos are mainly from the 40s, 50s and 60s of the last century

Set that record! Johnny also shared a photo from one of his grandmother's old albums

Set that record! Johnny also shared a photo from one of his grandmother's old albums

Set that record! Johnny also shared a photo from one of his grandmother’s old albums

She does! She is pictured in her very glam white dress on her wedding day

She does! She is pictured in her very glam white dress on her wedding day

She does! She is pictured in her very glam white dress on her wedding day

Retention: During the pandemic, Johnny spent a lot of time scanning the photos

Retention: During the pandemic, Johnny spent a lot of time scanning the photos

Retention: During the pandemic, Johnny spent a lot of time scanning the photos

Baby: Some photos show her personal life, including this one with her daughter, Johnny's mom

Baby: Some photos show her personal life, including this one with her daughter, Johnny's mom

Baby: Some photos show her personal life, including this one with her daughter, Johnny’s mom

Smile! In her younger years, his grandmother competed in beauty pageants

Smile! In her younger years, his grandmother competed in beauty pageants

Smile! In her younger years, his grandmother competed in beauty pageants

Cinematic: Grandma is believed to be seen after getting off an airplane

Cinematic: Grandma is believed to be seen after getting off an airplane

Cinematic: Grandma is believed to be seen after getting off an airplane

Later: He marveled at how beautiful she was even as she got older

Later: He marveled at how beautiful she was even as she got older

Later: He marveled at how beautiful she was even as she got older

Miss her: Johnny is depicted as a baby with his grandmother

Miss her: Johnny is depicted as a baby with his grandmother

Miss her: Johnny is depicted as a baby with his grandmother

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