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Lucy LiuLucy Liu, born on December 2nd, 1968 in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York is an American actress, artist, narrator, film producer and activist. She became known for playing the role of the nasty ill-mannered Ling Woo in the television series Ally McBeal from 1998 to 2002, for which she was nominated for both a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series. She has also appeared in several Hollywood films including Payback, Charlie's Angels, Chicago, Kill Bill, and Kung Fu Panda. In 2012, Liu joined the cast of the TNT original series Southland in the recurring role of Jessica Tang, for which she won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Drama Guest Actress. She is currently one of the two series lead actors of the CBS television crime drama, Elementary, based on the story of Sherlock Holmes, playing the role of Joan Watson. In 2008, she was the series lead of her own Television show, the ABC comedy-drama, Cashmere Mafia, which was short-lived and ended after one abbreviated season. The show was one of only a few American television shows with an Asian American series lead.





Lucy LiuIn Jackson Heights, Queens, New York while in high school, she adopted her middle name "Alexis". She is the youngest of three children born to mother Cecilia, who worked as a biochemist, and her father Tom Liu, who was trained as a civil engineer but sold digital clock pens. Both of her parents were immigrants of Chinese descent. She has an older brother, John and an older sister, Jenny. Liu has commented that she grew up in a diverse neighborhood where she learned to speak Mandarin at home and began studying English when she was five years old. Liu attended Joseph Pulitzer Middle School and later graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1986. She then enrolled at New York University and transferred to the University of Michigan, where she was a member of the Chi Omega sorority. Liu earned a bachelor's degree in Asian languages and cultures. While in Michigan, Liu worked as a waitress while she attended school. In 1989 she auditioned for the University of Michigan production of Alice in Wonderland during her senior year of college. Although she had originally just tried out for only a supporting part, Liu was cast in the lead role. While queuing up to audition for the musical Miss Saigon in 1990, she told The New York Times - "There aren't many Asian roles, and it's very difficult to get your foot in the door." It was in May of 1992 that Liu made her New York stage debut in Fairy Bones, directed by Tina Chen.


Lucy LiuLiu had small roles in films and TV and was cast in both The X-Files and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, before landing a role on Ally McBeal. Liu originally auditioned for the role of 'Nelle Porter' which was eventually played by Portia de Rossi, and the character Ling Woo was later created specifically for her. Liu's part on the series was originally temporary, but high audience ratings secured Liu as a permanent cast member. Additionally, she earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in the series. In Payback in 1999, Liu portrayed Pearl, a high-class prostitute with links to the Chinese mafia. Liu was cast in the role of Alex Munday in the Charlie's Angels films, alongside Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz. The film opened in November 2000 and earned more than $125 million in the United States. Charlie's Angels earned a worldwide total of more than $264 million. The sequel, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, opened in June 2003 and also did well at the box office, earning more than $100 million in the U.S. and a worldwide total of more than $259 million. In contrast, Liu starred with Antonio Banderas in Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever, a critical and box office failure.




Lucy LiuIn 2000, she hosted Saturday Night Live with Jay-Z. Liu starred as lawyer Grace Chin on Ugly Betty in the episodes "Derailed" and "Icing on the Cake". In a 2001 episode of Sex and the City entitled "Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda" found her guest starring as herself, playing a new client of character Samantha Jones who worked in public relations. She also starred in the Sex and the City–inspired TV show, Cashmere Mafia on ABC. Liu also made a cameo appearance on the animated shows Futurama - as herself and/or robot duplicates thereof in the episodes "I Dated a Robot" and "Love and Rocket" as well as on The Simpsons in the season 16 episode "Goo Goo Gai Pan". In 2002, Liu played Rita Foster in Vincenzo Natali's Brainstorm (aka Cypher). Soon thereafter, she appeared as O-Ren Ishii in Quentin Tarantino's 2003 film, Kill Bill. She won an MTV 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 films. She also had minor roles as Kitty Baxter in the film Chicago and as a psychologist opposite Keira Knightley in the thriller Domino. In Lucky Number Slevin, she played the leading love interest to Josh Hartnett. 3 Needles was released on December 1, 2006. Liu portrayed Jin Ping, an HIV-positive Chinese woman.




Lucy LiuIn 2007, Liu appeared in Code Name: The Cleaner, Rise, a supernatural thriller co-starring Michael Chiklis in which Liu plays an undead reporter, for which she was ranked number 41 on "Top 50 Sexiest Vampires", and in Watching the Detectives, an independent romantic comedy co-starring Cillian Murphy. She made her producing debut and also starred in a remake of Charlie Chan, which had been planned since as early as 2000. In 2007 Empire named Liu number 96 of their "100 Sexiest Movie Stars." The producers of Dirty Sexy Money created a role for Liu as a series regular. Liu played Nola Lyons, a powerful attorney who faced Nick George played by Peter Krause. Liu voiced Silvermist in Disney Fairies and did Viper in Kung Fu Panda. In March of 2010, Liu made her Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning play God of Carnage as Annette on the second replacement cast alongside Jeff Daniels, Janet McTeer and Dylan Baker. In March 2012, she was cast as Joan Watson for Elementary. Elementary is an American Sherlock Holmes adaption, and the role Liu was offered has always traditionally been played by men. She also has played police officer Jessica Tang on Southland, a television show focusing on the lives of police officers and detectives in Los Angeles as a recurring guest actor during the fourth season. She received the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Drama Guest Actress for this role. Liu's double duty as an NYPD consultant on Elementary and an LAPD officer on Southland won her praise from TV Guide in their "Cheers & Jeers 2012" issue, which cheered her "arresting performances". In August 2011, Liu became a narrator for the musical group The Bullitts.

Lucy LiuLiu is an artist in several media and she has had three gallery shows showcasing her collage, paintings, and photography. She began making collage mixed media when she was 16-years-old, and later became a photographer and painter. In September 2006, Liu held an art show and donated her share of the profits to UNICEF. She also had another show in 2008 in Munich, where she again donated her share of the profits to UNICEF. In 2001 Liu was the spokesman for the Lee National Denim Day® fundraiser, which raises millions of dollars for breast cancer research and education. Denim Day® is committed to improving the everyday lives of those with breast cancer – past, present and future. Their program exhibits how a simple gesture turns into extraordinary support for lifesaving screenings in communities nationwide; hope and care to those traveling for cancer treatment; and investments in groundbreaking cancer research. You can join the Denim Day team by donating $5 at DenimDay.com. Lee National Denim Day® has raised more than $86 million in the fight against breast cancer. In 2008, an estimated 800,000 individuals wore denim on Lee National Denim Day®.








Lucy LiuIn March 2012, she was cast as Joan Watson for Elementary. Elementary is an American Sherlock Holmes adaptation, and the role Liu was offered is traditionally played by men. She has recieved great praise for her role as Watson winning many awards including 3 consecutive nominations for the People's Choice Awards for Favorite TV Crime Drama Actress.

She also has played police officer Jessica Tang on Southland, a television show focusing on the lives of police officers and detectives in Los Angeles as a recurring guest actor during the fourth season. She received the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Drama Guest Actress for this role.

In August 2011, Liu became a narrator for the musical group The Bullitts.

In 2013, she was invited to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Liu was named Harvard's 2016 Artist of the Year. She was awarded the Harvard Foundation’s prestigious arts medal at the annual Harvard Foundation Award ceremony, during the Cultural Rhythms Festival in Sanders Theatre.

She also part of the star-studded cast in the post-apocalyptic thriller, Future World, directed by James Franco and Bruce Thierry Cheung.

Lucy Liu began her directing career in 2011. The movie titled, Meena, was based on a true story, about an eight-year-old Indian girl who is sold to a brothel. The movie was screened in New York City in 2014.

Lucy Liu's other directed credits include 4 episodes of Elementary and an episode of Graceland, and she is set to direct the second season premiere of Luke Cage.

Liu had previously presented her artwork under a pseudonym, Yu Ling (her Chinese name). Liu, an artist in several media, has had several gallery shows showcasing her collages, paintings, and photography.

Lucy LiuShe began doing collage mixed media when she was 16 years old, and also became a photographer and painter. She attended the New York Studio School for drawing, painting, and sculpture from 2004 to 2006.

In 1993 she exhibited a collection of multimedia art pieces at the Cast Iron Gallery in SoHo in New York City, after which she won a grant to study and create art in China.

Liu announced the birth of her son, who had been born via a gestational surrogate, on August 27, 2015.

Since the birth of her son, Rockwell, Liu has been heavily involved in celebrating diversity in modern families.

One major campaign she was involved in was the Tylenol's #HowWeFamily Mother's Day Campaign.

This gorgeous multi-talented woman plays the accordion, practices rock climbing, skiing, and horseback riding and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, English, Italian, Spanish, and a little Japanese.

Lucy Lui was chosen by Goldsea Asian American Daily as one of the "100 Most Inspiring Asian Americans of All Time".

She became the first Asian-American female to host Saturday Night Live. She lives in New York City and says of her home:

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

She has teamed up with Heinz to combat the widespread global health threat of iron deficiency anemia and vitamin and mineral malnutrition among infants and children in the developing world.

Lucy LiuIn 1991, Liu underwent surgery after a breast cancer scare.

"The doctor sort of felt and said it was cancer and it needs to come out. I went into shell-shock. It was pretty traumatizing."

Fortunately, the lump was removed just two days after the doctor's examination and was found to be benign.

Liu has studied various religions, such as Buddhism, Taoism and Jewish mysticism.

She has stated, "I'm into all things spiritual—anything to do with meditation or chants or any of that stuff. I studied Chinese philosophy in school. There's something in the metaphysical that I find very fascinating."

She has been a member of the Chinese-American organization Committee of 100 since 2004.

Liu announced the birth of her son, who had been born via a gestational surrogate, on August 27, 2015.

Since the birth of her son, Rockwell, Liu has been heavily involved in celebrating diversity in modern families.

One major campaign she was involved in was the Tylenol's #HowWeFamily Mother's Day Campaign.

This gorgeous multi-talented woman plays the accordion, practices rock climbing, skiing, and horseback riding and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, English, Italian, Spanish, and a little Japanese.

Lucy Lui was chosen by Goldsea Asian American Daily as one of the "100 Most Inspiring Asian Americans of All Time".

She became the first Asian-American female to host Saturday Night Live. She lives in New York City and says of her home:

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

Lucy LiuIn 2005 Liu was appointed an ambassador for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. She traveled to Pakistan and Lesotho, as well as several other countries. She also hosted an MTV documentary, Traffic, for the MTV EXIT campaign in 2007.

Liu produced Traffic to raise awareness of the human trafficking problem in Asia. Early in 2006, Liu received an Asian Excellence Award for Visibility. Liu is a supporter of marriage equality for gays and lesbians, and she became a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign in 2011.

She has teamed up with Heinz to combat the widespread global health threat of iron deficiency anemia and vitamin and mineral malnutrition among infants and children in the developing world.

So as you can see, she is an extremely busy woman these days - especially now that she has a child.

"I'm so proud of my heritage, but yes, I think there's always a danger when people put you on a pedestal.

Especially when you're just trying to live your life and pursue your dreams. The intention is not to represent Asian Americans, but to be an Asian American who is working as an actress.

People often confuse the two. When you are 'representing,' you have the burden of some people projecting their hopes onto you. This can eventually lead to a certain amount of disappointment. I strive to not deny myself experiences that open up to me. I hope to live without looking back in regret.

If people want to join me on the ride, then I'm happy to have them along."



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Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Rhythm of Destiny Donna
1993 Protozoa Ari
1995 Bang Hooker
1996 Jerry Maguire Former girlfriend
1997 Flypaper Dot
1997 Riot Boomer's girlfriend
1997 Gridlock'd Cee-Cee
1997 City of Industry Cathi Rose
1997 Guy Woman at newsstand
1998 Love Kills Kashi
1999 Payback Pearl
1999 True Crime Toy shop girl
1999 Molly Brenda
1999 The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human Lydia
1999 Play It to the Bone Lia
2000 Shanghai Noon Princess Pei Pei Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress – Action
2000 Charlie's Angels Alex Munday Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Action Team
MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Dressed
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
2001 Hotel Kawikar
2002 Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever Agent Sever
2002 Cypher Rita Foster
2002 Chicago Kitty Baxter Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Hissy Fit
2003 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Alex Munday Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Dance Sequence
2003 Kill Bill Volume 1 O-Ren Ishii MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
2004 Mulan II Mei Voice
2004 Kill Bill Volume 2 O-Ren Ishii
2005 3 Needles Jin Ping
2005 Domino Taryn Mills
2006 Lucky Number Slevin Lindsey
2006 Freedom's Fury Co-executive producer
2007 Code Name: The Cleaner Gina Co-executive producer
2007 Rise: Blood Hunter Sadie Blake
2007 Watching the Detectives Violet
2008 Kung Fu Panda Master Viper Voice
2008 The Year of Getting to Know Us Anne
2008 Tinker Bell Silvermist Voice
2009 Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure Silvermist Voice
2010 Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue Silvermist Voice
2010 Nomads Susan
2010 Marry me Rae Carter
2011 Detachment Dr. Parker
2011 Tinker Bell and the Pixie Hollow Games Silvermist Voice
2011 Kung Fu Panda 2 Viper Voice
2011 Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You Hilda Temple
2012 Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings Silvermist Voice
2012 The Trouble with Bliss Andrea
2012 The Man with the Iron Fists Madame Blossom

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Beverly Hills 90210 Courtney 1 episode
1993 L.A. Law Mai Lin 1 episode
1994 Coach Nicole Wong 2 episodes
1994 Hotel Malibu Co-worker 1 episode
1995 Home Improvement Woman 1 episode
1995 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Oi-Lan 1 episode
1995 ER Mei-Sun Leow 3 episodes
1996 Nash Bridges Joy Powell 1 episode
1996 The X Files Kim Hsin 1 episode
1996 High Incident Officer Whin 2 episodes
1996–1997 Pearl Amy Li
1997 The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest Melana Voice
2 episodes
1997 Michael Hayes Alice Woo 1 episode
1997 Dellaventura Yuling Chong 1 episode
1997 NYPD Blue Amy Chu 1 episode
1998–2002 Ally McBeal Ling Woo Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Comedy Series
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
2000 MADtv Herself 1 episode
2000 Saturday Night Live Herself 1 episode
2001 Sex and the City Herself 1 episode
2002 King of the Hill Tid-Pao Voice
1 episode
2001–2002 Futurama Herself Voice
2 episodes
2004 Jackie Chan Adventures Adult Jade Voice
2 episodes
2004–2005 Joey Lauren Beck 3 episodes
2004 Game Over Raquel Smashenburn
2004–2010 Maya and Miguel Maggie Lee Voice
2005 The Simpsons Madam Wu Voice
1 episode
2005 Clifford's Puppy Days Teacup
Mrs. Glen
Voice
1 episode
2007 Ugly Betty Grace Chin 2 episodes
2008 Ben & Izzy Yasmine Voice
2008 Cashmere Mafia Mia Mason
2008–2009 Dirty Sexy Money Nola Lyons
2009 Afro Samurai Resurrection Sio
2010 Ni Hao, Kai-Lan Bear queen Voice
1 episode
2010 Marry Me Rae Carter
2011 Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Viper Voice
2012 Southland Jessica Tang Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Drama Guest Actress
2012 Elementary Joan Watson

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2001 SSX Tricky Elise Riggs Voice
2012 Sleeping Dogs Vivienne Lu Voice



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