Q&A with Shannon Lee, Bruce Lee’s Daughter

Shannon Lee heads the Bruce Lee Foundation and Bruce Lee Enterprises, which authorized The Treasures of Bruce Lee by Paul Bowman. (Related: Click here to read a Q&A with Paul Bowman.) The following is an excerpt from Examiner.com’s interview with Shannon Lee. Visit examiner.com to read the entire interview.

You were only four years old when he died.

It’s an interesting thing for me, in that my memories of him are very vague–like being in the house or visiting him on a movie set. They’re glimpses of images. But what I remember most about him is the feeling of him, if that makes any sense. I remember the intensity of his energy, feeling intensely loved and intensely safe and very moored to him, if you will, as a parent. That’s something that’s hard to describe, but definitely the thing I remember most.

You wrote the foreword for The Treasures Of Bruce Lee. What else did you do for the project?

I collaborated with the publishers on it, which meant going through the archives and coming up with items that could possibly be included in those wonderful pull-outs to give it a really personal touch. We obviously supplied photographs and provided information for the text, and helped with any corrections or additions and factual questions. It was really soup-to-nuts involvement throughout the process.

Any of the pull-out memorabilia that you can single out?

I think that the things that I really like are the more personal items: smaller photographs or letters or writings–those kinds of things. The reproduction of tickets to Way Of The Dragon is pretty cool. Items like that that give you more of a personal feel for my father.

I really think the little card from Steve McQueen is really cool. I always really liked the reproduction of the “Ally of the Dragon” card given out at the premiere of Enter The Dragon at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. There’s one handwritten sheet from my father’s poetry with sketches on it–that stuff is all really great. Some of the larger artwork pieces are great, too, but the smaller ones come from a more personal standpoint.

Keep reading this interview on Examiner.com!


Bruce Lee is remembered not only as the martial artist who inspired people to better themselves physically and mentally but also as an actor, a writer, a director, a teacher, and a philosopher. Authorized by Bruce Lee Enterprises, The Treasures of Bruce Lee tells this unique man’s story – his aspirations, his family life, his passion for martial arts – as never before, through painstaking research, never-before-seen memorabilia, and rare, unpublished photographs. It includes 5 posters and 15 removable facsimile items from the Bruce Lee Archives, including handwritten poems, membership cards, and Lee’s illustrations and notes on all aspects of martial arts.



Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporations, publishes books on the performing arts under the imprints Hal Leonard Books, Backbeat Books, Amadeus Press, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.

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