The first time I saw Cecilia Cheung was in King of Comedy and I was totally charmed by her fresh-faced innocence. So was the rest of Hong Kong and in the blink of a paparazzi's camera flash she was a star. But maybe it came too soon and too easily and her life got rather messy. As far as I was concerned none of her private life was really any one's affair but her own. But as her life and the photos were splashed across the media, her private image was so at odds with her cinematic one that she was pushed out of the film business. She paid penance for some five years and has returned to the movies but I suppose it will never be the same. We love to eat our young. Here are some dozen photos of her in happier times.