Lucy Liu

 

Date Of Birth

December 2, 1968
 

Biography

American actress Lucy Liu was born on December 2, 1968 in New York City. She was a very studious kid, at the insistence of her parents; she eventually attended New York University for a year before moving to the University of Michigan. There, she auditioned for a production of Alice in Wonderland and got the lead role despite auditioning for another role. After her acting debut in 1989, she began picking up small roles in film and television, including guest roles in The X Files and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.

In 1998, Liu joined the cast of the hit series Ally McBeal. Originally auditioning for the role of Nelle Porter (which went to Portia de Rossi), she was later given the role of Ling Woo, the feisty, if not !$#!#y, associate at Cage and Fish. Originally intended as a guest role, fans loved the character, and she was later promoted to a permanent cast member. This is widely considered as her breakthrough role, and cemented her reputation for “bad girl” roles. Her performance in the series earned her nominations from the Emmys and Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Liu also had numerous memorably film roles. In the film adaptation of Charlie’s Angels, she played feisty agent Alex Munday, a role that she’d later reprise in the sequel Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle. She played the Japanese villainess O-Ren Ishii in Quentin Tarantino’s hit Kill Bill Vol. 1. Other smaller, yet memorable, films include Chicago, Domino, Lucky Number Slevin, Payback and Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever.

Liu still appears as a guest on several television shows. These include Joey, Ugly Betty and Dirty Sexy Money. She also provided her voice to characters in The Simpsons, Futurama and the film Kung Fu Panda. She later appeared in the short-lived series Cashmere Mafia, where she plays a publishing mogul going through personal struggles in New York City. She then debuted on Broadway, appearing in the Tony Award-winning play God of Carnage.

In 2012, Liu was cast on the CBS series Elementary, which is a modern take on the cases of Sherlock Holmes. She plays Dr. Joan Watson, alongside Jonny Lee Miller and Aidan Quinn.
 

Place of Birth

New York City
 

Birth Name

Lucy Alexis Liu
 

Gender

Female
 

Fun Facts

- She works as an ambassador for UNICEF.

- Bill Murray swore he would never work in another movie with Lucy Liu. The two reportedly fought alot while working on Charlie's Angels.

- Lucy is best friends with co-stars Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz, from Charlies Angels.

- She dated actor David Duchovny for awhile, who co-starred in The X-Files.
 

Awards

- Lucy has been nominated for five SAG awards. From 1999-2001 she was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for Ally McBeal, winning in 1999. In 2000 she was also nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for the show. In 2003, she won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture for Chicago.

-In 1999 Lucy was nominated for a Emmy award. The category was Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Ally McBeal.

- She was honored with the Humanitarian of the Year Award at the 2006 VSDA (Video Software Dealers Association) convention that took place on July 11-13, 2006 at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

- In the 2004 MTV Movie Awards, she won the Best Villian award for her role in Kill Bill
 

Filmography

2012: Elementary

2011: Tinker Bell and the Pixie Hollow Games (TV movie) - Silvermist (voice)

2011: The Man with the Iron Fists - Madame Blossom

2011: Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You - Life Coach

2011: Tinker Bell and the Mysterious Winter Woods (video) - Silvermist (voice)

2011: Kung Fu Panda 2 - Viper (voice)

2011: East Fifth Bliss - Andrea

2011: Detachment - Dr. Parker

2010: Marry Me (TV mini-series) - Rae Ann Carter

2010: Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special (TV short) - Viper (voice)

2010: Nomads

2010: Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (video) - Silvermist (voice)

2009: Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure - Silvermist (voice)

2008-2009: Dirty Sexy Money (TV series) - Nola Lyons

2009: Afro Samurai: Resurrection (TV movie) - Sio (voice: English version)

2008: Little Spirit: Christmas in New York (TV movie) (voice)

2008: Tinker Bell (video) - Silvermist (voice)

2008: Kung Fu Panda - Viper (voice)

2008: Cashmere Mafia (TV series) - Mia Mason

2008: The Year of Getting to Know Us - Anne

2007: Watching the Detectives - Violet

2007: Rise: Blood Hunter - Sadie Blake

2007: Ugly Betty (TV series) - Grace Chin

2007: Code Name: The Cleaner - Gina

2006: Lucky Number Slevin - Lindsey

2005: Domino - Taryn Mills

2005: 3 Needles - Jin Ping, the Blood Smuggler

2005: The Simpsons (TV series) - Madam Wu

2004-2005: Joey (TV series) - Lauren Beck

2004: Mulan II (video) - Mei (voice)

2004: Maya & Miguel (TV series) - Maggie Lee

2004: Game Over (TV series) - Raquel Smashenburn (voice)

2004: Jackie Chan Adventures (TV series) - Adult Jade

2003: Kill Bill: Vol. 1 - O-Ren Ishii

2003: Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle - Alex Munday

2002: Chicago - Kitty Baxter

2002: King of the Hill (TV series) - Tid Pao

2002: Cypher - Rita Foster

2002: Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever - Sever

1998-2002: Ally McBeal (TV series) - Ling Woo

2001: SSX Tricky (Video Game) - Elise Riggs (voice)

2001: Hotel - Kawika

2000: Charlie's Angels - Alex Munday

2000: Shanghai Noon - Princess Pei Pei

1999: Play It to the Bone - Lia

1999: The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human - The Female's Friend (Lydia)

1999: Molly - Brenda

1999: True Crime - Toy Shop Girl

1999: Payback - Pearl

1999: Flypaper - Dot

1999: Love Kills - Kashi

1997: Guy - Woman at newsstand

1997: Michael Hayes (TV series) - Alice Woo

1997: Dellaventura (TV series) - Yuling Chong

1996-1997: Pearl (TV series) - Amy Lee/Amy Li

1997: City of Industry - Cathi Rose

1997: Riot (TV movie) - Boomer's Girlfriend (segment "Empty")

1997: NYPD Blue (TV series) - Amy Chu

1997: The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest (TV series) - Melana

1997: Gridlock'd - Cee-Cee

1996: Jerry Maguire - Former Girlfriend

1996: High Incident (TV series) - Officer Whin

1996: Nash Bridges (TV series) - Joy Powell

1996: The X-Files (TV series) - Kim Hsin

1995: ER (TV series) - Mei-Sun Leow

1995: Bang - Hooker

1995: Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (TV series) - Oi-Lan

1995: Home Improvement (TV series) - Woman #3

1994: Coach (TV series) - Nicole Wong

1994: Hotel Malibu (TV series) - Co-Worker

1993: L.A. Law (TV series) - Mai Lin

1993: Protozoa (short) - Ari

1992: Rhythm of Destiny - Donna

1991: Beverly Hills, 90210 (TV series) - Courtney
 

Height

5' 3" (1.60 M)
 

Quotes

- Everything I buy is vintage and smells funny. Maybe that's why I don't have a boyfriend.

(when asked what scares her)
- A lot of things scare me. I think ignorance scares me most.

-I never get asked out for a date, but I can't blame them, they only know me from movies where I play a tough chick, men want a sweet girl.

-I enjoy making action movies. Now I understand why people want a gun, it gives you the feeling of power.

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