Rape, alleged tumour and BF's suicide: 80s star Yammie Nam's tragic life and career

6 May 2015 / 1 year 5 months ago

Despite her unforgettable beauty and promising early career, Yammie Nam‘s (藍潔瑛) life has unfolded tragically. Following her notable performance in the TVB classic The Greed of Man <大時代>, the 1980s actress spiraled into depression and mental instability.

Her sufferings stem from a series of unfortunate events and witnessing two boyfriends who had committed suicide. Often spotted wandering aimlessly on the streets, Yammie’s mental illness made it impossible to keep a steady job.

In 2006, she filed for bankruptcy. Reportedly suffering from a uterine tumor, Yammie refused to seek medical treatment. In 2013, Yammie revealed that she was raped by two men in the Hong Kong industry approximately thirty years ago.

Although one of the men has already passed away, Yammie is unable to put the rape behind her and attempted suicide on several occasions. As one of the most beautiful and prominent TVB actresses during the 1980s, Yammie had many pursuers.

However, Yammie possessed a moody personality and did not like to socialize. An insider shared that Yammie most wanted to have a family. “She really wanted to get married and have children, report JayneStars and ihktv.

"Although she was handpicked by the producer to participate in a series even before graduating from training class, she was not ambitious with her career. Instead, she was more focused on dating.” In 1985, Yammie met her first love, Mr. Deng.

A year into their relationship, Mr. Deng suddenly committed suicide in 1986. Suffering from immense heartache, Yammie’s good friend and emcee, Paul Chung (鍾保羅), stayed by her side and consoled her. The two friends eventually began dating.

An insider revealed, “At the time, they were both very popular, so they had an underground relationship and didn’t let the company know. But Paul was a gambling addict. He couldn’t earn enough to repay his debts.”

In 1989, Paul took his life by jumping off a building. From 1996 to 1998, Yammie dated billionaire Cheng Yu Tong‘s (鄭裕彤) son, Peter Cheng (鄭家成), who was a generous lover and gifted her with a $5.5 million HKD luxury house.

However, the couple split after a heated argument while vacationing in Nepal. In 2001, Yammie began dating a man she met from Church. Two years into their relationship, the couple had plans to get married and immigrate to Canada.

Yammie’s close friend revealed that with Yammie’s career slowing down, she was looking forward to starting a family. Unfortunately, the relationship ended in 2003, as the man reportedly could not handle Yammie’s unpredictable mood swings.

During an interview, the jaded Yammie shared, “I still really want to date, but romantic love to me is now a luxury. Every time I dated before, I devoted everything, but each time I would be very hurt.

"Now my only wish is to die peacefully and not reincarnate into a human in my next life. Humans suffer a lot, both in spirit and body.”

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