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Lucy Liu

Facts about Lucy Liu

Date of Birth:02 December 1968
Birthplace:Queens, New York
First Name:Lucy
Last Name:Liu
Height:5' 3" (160 cm)
Eye Color:Black
Hair Color:Black
Star Sign:Sagittarius
Claim to Fame:Ling on Ally McBeal
Occupation Category:Actress
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Biography for Lucy Liu

Lucy Alexis Liu (traditional Chinese: 劉玉玲; simplified Chinese: 刘玉玲; pinyin: Liú Yùlíng; born dec. 2, 1968 (52 years ago)) is a Emmy Award and SAG Nominated American actress. She became known for her role in the TV series Ally McBeal (1998–2002) as the vicious and ill mannered Ling Woo and has also appeared in several notable movie roles, including the Charlie's Angels films, Kill Bill (2 walls) and Kung Fu Panda.

Early years

Lucy Liu was born and was raised with her brother, John Liu, in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York by Taiwanese immigrant parents. Liu has said that she grew up in a "diverse" neighborhood. Her family spoke Mandarin at home and she did not learn English until she was five years old. Her father, Tom, was a civil engineer and her mother, Cecilia, a biochemist, but they sacrificed those careers in Taiwan to come to the United States. Liu, at her parents' insistence, devoted her spare time to studying. She attended the Joseph Pulitzer Middle School (I.S.145) and she graduated from New York City's prestigious Stuyvesant High School in 1986 (34 years ago). She attended New York University for one year, before transferring to the University of Michigan where she joined the Chi Omega sorority and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Asian Languages and Cultures. At one point, Liu worked as a waitress in Michigan.


Liu began acting in 1989 (31 years ago), after auditioning for a role in the University of Michigan's production of Alice In Wonderland (2 walls) during her senior year. Liu was cast in the lead role, although she had originally only tried out for a supporting part. Liu had small roles in movies and TV (including the "Hell Money" episode of The X-Files and "The Mar. to Freedom" episode on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys) before landing a role on Ally McBeal. Liu originally auditioned for the role of 'Nelle Porter' (played by Portia de Rossi), and the character 'Ling Woo' was later created specifically for her. Liu's part on the series was originally not meant to be regular but the enthusiastic audience response to the actress' 'feisty' Ling Woo secured Liu as a permanent cast member. It also earned her an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. Liu cemented her reputation playing bad girls by portraying "Pearl" the sadistic dominatrix/hitwoman for the Chinese mafia in the movie Payback (1999, 21 years ago).

Liu played Alex Munday in the Charlie's Angels film, alongside established Hollywood stars Drew Barrymore (12 walls) and Cameron Diaz. The movie opened in Nov. 2000 (20 years ago) and was a hit, earning more than $125 million in the U.S., and a worldwide total of more than $264 million. The sequel, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, opened in Jun. 2003 (17 years ago) and was a box-office hit again, earning more than $100 million in the U.S., and a worldwide total of more than $259 million. In between the two films, Liu starred with Antonio Banderas in Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever, a critical and box office failure.

Liu next played O-Ren Ishii, one of the major villains in Quentin Tarantino's 2003 (17 years ago) film, Kill Bill. She won an MTV Movie Award for "Best Movie Villain" for the part. Subsequently, Liu appeared on several episodes of Joey with Matt LeBlanc, who played her love interest in the Charlie's Angels movies. She also had smaller roles as Kitty Baxter in the movie Chicago, and as a psychologist opposite Keira Knightley (93 walls) in the thriller Domino. In 2006 (14 years ago), she played leading lady and love interest to Josh Hartnett in the crime thriller Lucky Number Slevin. Other appearances include a cameo on the animated shows Futurama (as herself in the episodes "I Dated a Robot" and "Love and Rocket" and The Simpsons (15 walls) (1 walls) (on the season sixteen episode "Goo Goo Gai Pan"), a guest host on an episode of the NBC sketch show Saturday Night Live in 2000 (20 years ago) (musical guest" Jay-Z), and the voice of Elise in SSX Tricky.

In Apr. 2006 (14 years ago), the documentary Freedom's Fury premiered, with Liu and her Kill Bill (2 walls) collaborator Tarantino as executive producers. The movie dramatizes the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 (64 years ago), climaxing with the infamous water polo showdown between Hungary and the Soviet Union at the 1956 (64 years ago) Melbourne Olympics, known as the 'Blood in the Water match'.

Her movie 3 Needles was released on dec. 1, 2006 (14 years ago). In the film, she plays Jin Ping, an HIV-positive Chinese woman. Liu agreed to star in the movie for lower than usual pay because she wanted to spread awareness about the way AIDS is improperly treated in China and Thailand. Liu's other recent roles, which met with less success, but later gain cult followings among her fans, include Code Name: The Cleaner, an action comedy released Jan. 5, 2007; Rise, a supernatural thriller co-starring Michael Chiklis in which Liu plays an undead reporter; and Watching the Detectives, an independent romantic comedy co-starring Cillian Murphy. Liu has also signed on to star in a new version of Charlie Chan which has been in pre-production since 2000; she will produce both films.

Liu has guest starred as lawyer Grace Chin on Ugly Betty in the episodes "Derailed" and "Icing on the Cake". She stars in the Sex and the City inspired TV show, Cashmere Mafia on ABC. In 2007 (13 years ago), Empire magazine named her among the "100 Sexiest Movie Stars".

In 2008 (12 years ago), after pitching an interest in being part of the hit new show Dirty Sexy Money, the producers immediately created a role for her as a series regular. She plays the role of Nola Lyons, a powerful attorney that faces Nick George (played by Peter Krause). Also in 2008 (12 years ago), she voiced Silvermist in Tinker Bell (2008, 12 years ago). She also appeared in Kung Fu Panda, an animated movie in which she voiced Viper.

Personal life

In a Jane interview, she is quoted as saying,

"I think people sometimes get the wrong impression when they're like, 'Oh, well, so-and-so was straight and then she was gay, and now she's straight again,' you know? But it's like, how many times do I have to kiss a woman before I'm gay? Everybody wants to label people. Sometimes you just fall in love with somebody, and you're really not thinking about what gender or whatever they happen to be. I think that if I happen to fall in love with a woman, everyone's going to make a big deal out of it. But if I happen to fall in love with a man, nobody cares."

With her parents' work ethic, Liu continued, "I'm always multi-tasking, doing 10 things at once". She is the aunt of Nelson Chang and Cindy Meng, Co-Founders of Alpha Science Learning Centers in Temple City, California. She speaks Chinese (Mandarin), English, Italian, Spanish, and a little Japanese, a language she studied in preparation for her role in Kill Bill. She also rock climbs, practices martial arts, skis, and plays the accordion.

Liu is also an artist in several media, and has had three gallery shows showcasing her collage, paintings, and photography. She started doing collage mixed media at 16 and then moved to photography and later painting. Lucy Liu had an art show in sep. and she donated her share of the profits to UNICEF. She also has another show in 2008 (12 years ago) in Munich and has stated that she will also donate her share of the profits to UNICEF.

In 2001 (19 years ago), Liu was the spokesperson for the Lee National Denim Day fundraiser which raises millions of dollars for breast cancer research and education. In 2005 (15 years ago), Liu was appointed a U.S. Fund for UNICEF Ambassador; in that capacity, she has traveled to Pakistan and Lesotho, among other countries. She also hosted an MTV documentary for the MTV EXIT campaign in 2007 (13 years ago), produced to raise awareness of human trafficking in Asia. Early in 2006 (14 years ago), Liu received an "Asian Excellence Award" for Visibility, since she is considered the most well-known and visible Asian American in the media today. She is also the first Asian American woman to host Saturday Night Live.

Liu has said about her background, "when you grow up Asian-American it’s difficult because you don’t know if you’re Asian or you’re American. You get confused... You need to recognize where your background is from. I think it’s important. Just for yourself. It makes you more whole. It does."

She lives with her brother and his wife in New York.


  • Ban wo zong heng
  • Protozoa
  • Bang
  • Jerry Maguire
  • Flypaper
  • Riot
  • Gridlock'd
  • City of Industry
  • Guy
  • Love Kills
  • Payback
  • True Crime
  • Molly
  • The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human
  • Play It to the Bone
  • Shanghai Noon
  • Charlie's Angels
  • Hotel
  • Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever
  • Cypher
  • Chicago
  • Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
  • Kill Bill (2 walls): Vol. 1
  • Mulan II
  • 3 Needles
  • Domino
  • Lucky Number Slevin
  • Code Name: The Cleaner
  • Rise: Blood Hunter
  • Watching the Detectives
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • The Year of Getting to Know Us
  • Tinker Bell
  • Afro Samurai Resurrection
  • Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
  • Tinker Bell: A Midsummer Storm
  • Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom

TV-shows (series)

  • Beverly Hills, 90210 - Season 2, Episode 6 - "Pass, Not Pass" (1991, 29 years ago)
  • L.A. Law - Season 8, Episode 4 - "Foreign Co-respondent" (1993, 27 years ago)
  • Hotel Malibu - Season 1, Episode 2 - "Do Not Disturb" (1994, 26 years ago)
  • Coach - Season 7, Episode 2 - "It Should Happen to You" (1994, 26 years ago)
  • Coach - Season 7, Episode 11 - "Out of Control" (1994, 26 years ago)
  • Home Improvement - Season 4, Episode 16 - "Bachelor of the Year" (1995, 25 years ago)
  • Hercules: The Legendary Journeys - Season 1, Episode 8 - "The Mar. to Freedom" (1995, 25 years ago)
  • ER - Season 2, Episode 3 - "Do One, Teach One, Kill One" (1995, 25 years ago)
  • ER - Season 2, Episode 4 - "What Life?" (1995, 25 years ago)
  • ER - Season 2, Episode 5 - "And Baby Makes Two" (1995, 25 years ago)
  • Nash Bridges - Season 1, Episode 1 - "Genesis" (1996, 24 years ago)
  • The X-Files - Season 3, Episode 19 - "Hell Money" (1996, 24 years ago)
  • High Incident - Season 1, Episode 6 - "Father Knows Best" (1996, 24 years ago)
  • High Incident - Season 1, Episode 7 - "Follow the Leader" (1996, 24 years ago)
  • Pearl - Season 1, Episode 7 - "Ticket to ride" (1996, 24 years ago)
  • Pearl - Season 1, Episode 8 - "Homecoming: Part 1" (1996, 24 years ago)
  • Pearl - Season 1, Episode 10 - "Lessons in Love" (1996, 24 years ago)
  • Pearl - Season 1, Episode 12 - "Christmas Daze" (1996, 24 years ago)
  • Pearl - Season 1, Episode 13 - "Power Play" (1997, 23 years ago)
  • Pearl - Season 1, Episode 15 - "Mission ImPearlsible" (1997, 23 years ago)
  • NYPD Blue - Season 4, Episode 17 - "A Wrenching Experience" (1997, 23 years ago)
  • Pearl - Season 1, Episode 21 - "My So-Called Real Life" (1997, 23 years ago)
  • Dellaventura - Season 1, Episode 2 - "Pilot" (1997, 23 years ago)
  • Michael Hayes - Season 1, Episode 8 - "Slaves" (1997, 23 years ago)
  • Ally McBeal - Seasons 2-5, 66 episodes (1998–2002)
  • Sex and the City - Season 4, Episode 11 - "Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda" (2001, 19 years ago)
  • Jackie Chan Adventures - Season 4, Episode 11 - "J2: Rise of the Dragons" (2004, 16 years ago)
  • Jackie Chan Adventures - Season 5, Episode 11 - "J2 Revised" (2005, 15 years ago)
  • Joey - Season 1, Several Episodes (2004-2005)
  • King of the Hill - Season 7, Episode 3 - "Bad Girls, Bad Girls Whatcha Gonna Do "
  • The Simpsons (15 walls) (1 walls) - Season 16, Episode 12 - "Goo Goo Gai Pan" (2005, 15 years ago)
  • Ugly Betty - Season 1, Episode 16 - "Derailed" (2007, 13 years ago)
  • Ugly Betty - Season 1, Episode 17 - "Icing on the Cake" (2007, 13 years ago)
  • Traffic: An MTV EXIT Special - Host of an MTV documentary to raise awareness about human trafficking in Asia (2007, 13 years ago)
  • Ben & Izzy - Season 1, Episodes 1-13 - Voice-acting for one of the main characters (2007, 13 years ago)
  • Cashmere Mafia
  • Futurama - Season 3, Episode 15 - "I Dated a Robot" (2001, 19 years ago), Starring as herself (and robot copies of herself)
  • Futurama - Season 4, Episode 4 - "Love and Rocket" (2002, 18 years ago), Starring as herself
  • Dirty Sexy Money - Season 2-, Nola Lyons


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