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Lucy Alexis Liu

December 2, 1968

Queens (New York City), New York

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LUCY LIU BIOGRAPHY

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Lucy Alexis Liu (Chinese: 劉玉玲 Liú Yùlíng, born December 2, 1968) is an Emmy Award-nominated American bisexual actress. She became known after starring in the television series Ally McBeal (1996-2000) and has also appeared in several notable film roles, including Kill Bill and Charlie's Angels.

 

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Born December 2, 1968 (age 38)

 Queens, New York, USA

Notable roles Ling Woo in Ally McBeal (1998 – 2002)

Alex Munday in Charlie's Angels (2000)

O-Ren Ishii in Kill Bill (2003)

 

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Biography

 

Early life

Liu was born in New York City, and was raised with her older brother, Alex Liu (Liú Yá Lì), and older sister, Jenny Liu (Liu Jin Li), in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York by Chinese immigrant parents.[1] Liu has said that she grew up in a "diverse" neighborhood;[1] her family spoke Chinese at home and she did not learn English until she was five years old.[2] Her father worked as a civil engineer and her mother as a biochemist in Taiwan, but they sacrificed to come to the United States. Liu, at her parents' insistence, devoted her spare time to studying, and she attended New York City's famous Stuyvesant High School. She attended New York University for one year, before transferring to University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where she joined the Chi Omega sorority and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Asian Languages and Cultures.[1] At one point, Liu worked as a waitress in Michigan.[1]

 

 

Career

Liu began acting in 1989, after auditioning for a role in the University of Michigan's production of Alice in Wonderland during her senior year. Liu was cast in the lead role, although she had originally only tried out for a supporting part.[1] Liu had small roles in films and TV (including the Hell Money episode of The X-Files) 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.[1]

 

Liu became better known with her turn as Alex in the Charlie's Angels movie, alongside established Hollywood stars Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz. The film became a hit, earning more than $125 million in the U.S., and a worldwide total of more than $258 million. The sequel, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, opened to poor reviews but was a box-office hit again, earning more than $252 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 (Cottonmouth), one of the major villains in Quentin Tarantino's 2003 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 smash hit Chicago, and as a psychologist opposite Keira Knightley in the thriller Domino. In 2006, she played leading lady and love interest to Josh Hartnett in the popular crime thriller Lucky Number Slevin. Other appearances include a cameo on the animated show Futurama and recently, The Simpsons.

 

In April 2006, the documentary Freedom's Fury premiered, with Liu as executive producer.[1] The film dramatizes the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, climaxing with the infamous water polo showdown between Hungary and the Soviet Union at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, known as the 'Blood In The Water match'.

 

Her film 3 Needles was released on December 1, 2006. In the film, she plays Jin Ping, an HIV-positive Chinese woman. Liu agreed to star in the film for lower than usual pay because she wanted to spread awareness about the way AIDS is improperly treated in China and Thailand.[3] Liu's other recent roles include Code Name: The Cleaner, an action comedy released January 5, 2007 and, Rise, a supernatural thriller co-starring Michael Chiklis in which Liu plays an undead reporter,[2] Watching the Detectives, an independent romantic comedy co-starring Cillian Murphy, and Kung Fu Panda, an animated film scheduled for 2008 in which she will voice a snake.[1] Liu has also signed on to star in Beautiful Asian Brides and a new version of Charlie Chan which has been in pre-production since 2000; she will produce both films.[1]

 

 

Personal life

In 2004, Liu announced her engagement to New York playwright Zach Helm. Their relationship ended in 2005.

 

In a Jane interview, she indicated the possibility that she was bisexual, but has not stated anything definite. 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."[4][5]

 

With her parents' work ethic, Liu continued, "I'm always multitasking, doing 10 things at once". She is fluent in Chinese, and also speaks some Italian, Spanish and Japanese, a language she learned in preparation for her role in Kill Bill.[1] 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".[6]

 

In 2001, Liu was the spokesperson for the Lee National Denim Day fund-raiser which raises millions of dollars for breast cancer research and education. In 2005, Liu was appointed a U.S. Fund for UNICEF Ambassador; in that capacity, she has traveled to Pakistan and Lesotho, among other countries.[1] Early in 2006, 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" and that "You need to recognize where your background is from. I think it’s important. Just for yourself. It makes you more whole. It does."[1]

 

Liu has a tattoo of a tiger on her lower back.

 

She will also guest star on two episodes of Ugly Betty.

 

The Minnesota band Dropping Daylight wrote a song entitled "Lucy" about the lead singer, Sebastion Davin's, passionate dream about Lucy Liu.

 

 

Filmography

1992 Rhythm of Destiny (伴我縱橫)

1993 Protozoa

1995 Bang

1995 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, episode "The March to Freedom"

1996 The X-Files, episode "Hell Money"

1996 ER -Episode "And Baby Makes Two"

1996 Jerry Maguire

1996 Guy

1997 Gridlock'd

1997 City of Industry

1997 Flypaper

1998 Love Kills

1998 – 2002 Ally McBeal, seasons 2-5

1999 Payback

1999 True Crime

1999 Molly

1999 The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human

1999 Play It to the Bone

2000 Shanghai Noon

2000 Charlie's Angels

2001 Futurama, episodes "I Dated a Robot" and "Love and Rocket"

2001 Sex and the City, episode "Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda"

2001 Hotel

2002 Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever

2002 Cypher

2002 Chicago

2003 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle

2003 Kill Bill: Volume 1

2004 Kill Bill: Volume 2

2004 Mulan II

2004 Joey

2005 Domino

2005 3 Needles

2005 The Simpsons, episode "Goo Goo Gai Pan"

2006 Lucky Number Slevin

2007 The Cleaner

2007 Ugly Betty

2007 Rise

2007 Watching the Detectives

2007 Eliot Rockett

2008 Beautiful Asian Brides

2008 Kung Fu Panda

2008 Charlie Chan

 

Other

Maya and Miguel

Jackie Chan Adventures

Game Over

SSX Tricky - Elise (video game)

 

Footnotes

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Roberts, Sheila. "Lucy Liu Interview, CodeName The Cleaner", Movies Online, 2006-12-21. Retrieved on 2006-12-21.

  2. ^ a b Radish, Christina. "Lucy Liu and Shawn Ashmore Talk about "3 Needles"", MediaBlvd Magazine, 2006-12-21. Retrieved on 2006-12-21.

  3. ^ "Liu Shocked by Ridiculous Chinese AIDS 'Cures'", Contact Music, 2006-11-29. Retrieved on 2006-11-29.

  4. ^ "How many times do I have to kiss a woman before I'm gay?". Jane Magazine. Retrieved on 2006-11-29.

  5. ^ Belge, Kathy. Lucy Liu. Lesbian Life at About.com. Retrieved on 2006-11-29.

  6. ^ Tucker, Reed (2006-05-01). "Painting By Numbers With Lucy Liu". Esquire. Retrieved on 2006-12-06.

 

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