The Rise and Fall of Mao's Empress

Sex is engaging in the first rounds; what sustains interest in the long run is power.

So, in a unique set of interviews, Chiang Ch'ing summed up her stormy career as both sex symbol and potentate, movie actress and commissar. The slim, pretty actress from Shanghai who became the wife of Mao Tse-tung tried to turn her marriage to a modern-day emperor into supreme power of her own. She almost succeeded, and for a decade she was one of the world's most powerful women. As the virtual ruler over the culture of 850...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!