JIANG QING AND THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION
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Before marrying Chairman Mao, Jiang Qing was an actress in Shanghai. She appeared in the Peking Opera, triumphed as "Nora" in A Doll's House and acted in left-wing propaganda films.
In Yan'an, Jiang Qing met and married Mao Tse Tung, under the agreement that she would not go into politics for 20 years.
During the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), she developed the Eight Model Plays which were the only sources of artistic expression for 10 years.
After Chairman Mao's death, Jiang Qing and the Gang of Four were arrested. She remained in prison for 15 years and committed suicide in May 1991.
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Cultural Revolution, a tragedy that destroyed millions of lives. Click onto the link below to read more.