Lucy Liu
루시 류

Date of birth:December 02, 1967
Country:United States

About Lucy Liu
Born to Chinese immigrants in Queens, New York, Lucy Liu has always tried to balance an interest in her cultural heritage with a desire to move beyond a strictly Asian-American experience. Once relegated to "ethnic" parts, the energetic actress is finally earning her stripes as an across-the-board leading lady.

Liu graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1986 and enrolled in New York University; discouraged by the "dark and sarcastic" atmosphere of NYU, however, she transferred to the University of Michigan after her freshman year. She graduated from UM with a degree in Chinese Language and Culture, managing to squeeze in some additional training in dance, voice, fine arts, and acting. During her senior year, Liu auditioned for a small part in a production of _Alice in Wonderland_ and walked away with the lead; encouraged by the experience, she decided to take the plunge into professional acting. She moved to Los Angeles and split her time between auditions and food service day jobs, eventually scoring a guest appearance as a waitress on "Beverly Hills, 90210" (1990). That performance led to more walk-on parts in shows like "NYPD Blue" (1993), "ER" (1994), and "X Files, The" (1993). In 1996, she was cast as an ambitious college student on Rhea PerlmanRossi s ephemeral sitcom %%AAF%%. Liu first appeared on the big screen as an ex-girlfriend in %%AAG%% (she had previously filmed a scene in the indie %%AAH%%, but it was shelved for two years). She then waded through a series of supporting parts in small films before landing her big break on %%AAI%%. Liu initially auditioned for the role of Nelle Porter, which went to Portia de, but writer-producer David E. Kelley was so impressed with her spunk that he promised to write a part for her in an upcoming episode. The part turned out to be that of growling, ill-tempered lawyer Ling Woo, which Liu filled with such aplomb that she was signed on as a regular cast member.

The "Ally" win gave Liu's film career a much-needed boost--in 1999, she was cast as a dominatrix in the Mel Gibson action flick Payback (1999), and as a hitchhiker in the ill-received boxing saga Play It to the Bone (1999). The next year brought even larger roles: first as the kidnapped Princess Pei Pei in Jackie Chan's western Shanghai Noon (2000), then as one-third of the comely crime-fighting trio in Charlie's Angels (2000).
When she's not hissing at clients or throwing well-coiffed punches, Liu keeps busy with an eclectic mix of off-screen hobbies. She practices the martial art of Kali-Eskrima-Silat (knife-and-stick fighting), skis, rock climbs, rides horses, and plays the accordion. In 1993 she exhibited a collection of multimedia art pieces at the Cast Iron Gallery in SoHo (New York), after which she won a grant to study and create art in China. Her hectic schedule doesn't leave much time for romantic intrigue, but Liu says she prefers to keep that side of her life uncluttered.

One of the most multi-faceted actresses in Hollywood, Lucy Liu's film career was thrust into over-drive when she starred with Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore in the 2000 blockbuster hit, "Charlie's Angels," which has made over $300 million worldwide. The same year Lucy starred opposite action legend Jackie Chan in the hit summer comedy "Shanghai Noon."

Other recent film credits include her memorable role as a dominatrix opposite Mel Gibson in the box office hit "Payback" and her sassy starring role with Antonio Banderas and Woody Harrelson in "Play It To The Bone." She recently completed a role in Mike Figgis' upcoming "Hotel," filmed on location in Venice with an international, all-star cast, and also stars in the upcoming "The Company Man," opposite Jeremy Northam.

On television, Liu appeared as the litigious Ling Woo in the hit Fox series "Ally McBeal" for four seasons. This immensely popular role brought her a great deal of industry recognition and fan support and, in 1999, earned her an Emmy Award nomination as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She recently guest-starred on HBO's "Sex and the City" and has lent her voice to the animated series "Futurama" and "King of the Hill." Liu's other considerable television credits include her 1997 starring role with Rhea Pearlman and Malcolm McDowell on the CBS comedy series "Pearl," and her starring role in Showtime's telefilm, "Riot." She had recurring roles on "ER," "High Incident" and "Coach" and made guest appearances on "NYPD Blue," "L.A. Law," "Michael Hayes," and "The X-Files." Her national theater credits include M. Butterfly, Redwood Curtain, and Numb.

A native of New York, Liu attended NYU and later received a B.A. in Asian Languages and Culture from the University of Michigan.

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