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“I Hope the Doctor Cuts You in Two”: Bruce Lee’s Dance Partner Received a Bizarre Note From the Martial Arts Legend in 1959

Published 01/22/2023, 12:45 PM EST

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Bruce Lee is quite a different guy off-screen from the kind of characters he played. While he is seen as this legendary martial artist who has revolutionized the action-figure film industry, he has always been humble and down to earth. It was not just his mixed combat–Hollywood career but the Little Phoenix had a great sense of humor as well. Almost all of his colleagues had their legs pulled by the legend. And once his dance partner too was amazed by his timing of jokes. 

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In Lee’s biography titled Bruce Lee: A Life, the author Matthew mentioned an interesting incident when Lee was leaving for the USA. Let’s put some context on the seemingly bizarre note that Lee left for his dance partner.

Bruce Lee demanded a note from his dance partner before his departure


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Lee was at Victoria Harbour to change his mediocre life while eyeing to bring a significant change. His close friends and family accompanied him. It was an emotional moment for all of them as they bid their last goodbyes. 

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In his long list of family and friends, a close friend of Lee could not make it to say goodbye. It was his dance partner Margaret Leung who couldn’t reach the port on time. In fact, the lady was hospitalized for minor surgeries. However, Lee had his own demands for he wanted to see her one last time before he was signed off to America. 


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The dancer revealed that Lee wanted a goodbye letter from her. Showing his childlike frustration, Lee expressed an unusual way of wishing her as she was on her way to get medical treatment. She revealed in the book, “Bruce wrote, ‘I hope the doctor cuts you into two’.” The mere remembrance of the incident broke her into laughing at the hilarious incident. As Lee saw his life taking a thick turn as he moved to America, the legend went through the motions.

The time Lee cried


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It was indeed an emotional moment for Lee. And the world was about to change for Lee. The man was leaving everything behind and was about to enter a completely new phase of his life. 

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The Little Phoenix received warm hugs from his brother, friends, and girlfriend, Pearl. Lee even promised Pearl that he would keep writing to her. Even the toughest guy couldn’t hold his tears as the ship departed. 


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In fact, his decision proved to be a revolutionary one. As he served to be an inspiration to many, what do you think about Lee’s journey into Hollywood? Let us know in the comments!

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Written by:

Shivam Sharma


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Shivam Sharma is a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in Journalism, he has previously worked as a writer and an anchor for Navbharat Today, penning down and explaining issues around sports, politics, and international relations. He is an admirer of Virat Kohli for the passion that he brings to the field.
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Jahnabi Choudhury