Cao Cuifen
Born (1944-04-06) 6 April 1944 (age 77)
Years active1976-present
Musical career
Also known asCho Chui-Fan

Cao Cuifen (born 6 April 1944) is a Chinese actress. She is best known for her performance in the film Raise the Red Lantern.

Early life

Cao Cuifen was born in Shanghai, China on April 6, 1944.[1] She was admitted to the Beijing Film Academy prep school in 1960 and the undergraduate program in 1962. She left the academy due to the Cultural Revolution and did not return until 1973.[2]


Cao started in her first film, Civil War, when she was 29. In order to support her film career, she decided against having children.[1] She starred in Raise the Red Lantern and Shanghai Family in 1991, working on the films back to back. In 1995, she starred in the film, Orphan Tears, which she won several awards for her performance.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
1974 Civil War
1984 Dancing Flames
1991 Raise the Red Lantern
1991 Shanghai Family
1995 Orphan Tears
2005 Seven Flames
2011 Love is Not Blind


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Shanghai yi jia ren
2005 Shou Wang Xing Fu
2009 Dwelling Narrowness
2010 The Pursuit of Happiness
2011 Xing Fu Lai Qiao Men
2015 Ace Agents
2019 The Story of Minglan
2019 Joy of Life Grandmother Fan


  1. ^ a b "《幸福来敲门》曹翠芬:"专业户"未做过母亲". sina corporation. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  2. ^ "曹翠芬". Tvmao. Retrieved 26 March 2016.