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Name: Kelly Ann Hu
Birth Date: February 13, 1968
Birth Place: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Occupation: Model / Actress
Kelly Ann Hu
was born February 13, 1968, in Honolulu, Hawaii,
of Cantonese/English/Hawaiian lineage. Her parents
divorced when she was only six years old, and,
living with her mother Juanita, Kelly benefited
from an upbringing as diversified as her background.
While her mother enrolled her in ballet classes
and the Sears Charm School, Kelly indulged in
other interests on the side, taking karate lessons
from her older brother. By age thirteen, she
decided to pursue a modeling career, and her
fighting skills were sufficiently developed
for her brother to make some quick cash betting
on her bouts with neighborhood kids. It was
this blend of natural beauty and martial-arts
proficiency that determined Kelly's path.
At the age of fifteen, hoping to give an early
boost to her modeling career, Kelly entered
the Miss Teen Hawaii pageant. The results exceeded
even Kelly's expectations, as she went on to
win the pageant and qualify for the national
competition. In 1985, Kelly was crowned Miss
Teen USA, becoming the first Asian-American
to do so. Kelly's victory afforded her a bit
of fame and, with it, a number of opportunities.
In addition to being intensely attractive, Kelly
Hu is the perfect example of an actress making
it in Hollywood despite the odds. Her career
had a bit of a rocky start, but her talent and
resilience carried her through it all, and we're
forecasting her role in The Scorpion King as
the big break that she's deserved for a while
You watched her lay massive kung fu beat downs
on baddies as Detective Grace Chen in the action
series Martial Law. This summer you can catch
her alongside WWF superstar The Rock, in the
action flick The Scorpion King.
In 1998, Kelly earned her brown belt in karate,
and was offered a role in a new kung fu cop
series, Martial Law. The critical reception
to the show wasn't entirely warm, but the program
did win the loyal following of a number of viewers,
who seemed especially inclined toward Kelly's
character, Detective Grace Chen.
By the series' second season, Kelly was sharing
top billing in the credits. Yet even as her
popularity was increasing, the shows' ratings
were plummeting. Shortly after Arsenio Hall
was cast into a regular role (a move that some
may have cited as the kiss of death for the
series), Martial Law was canceled.
Martial Law may have been a failure from its
producers' perspective, but the program did
wonders for Kelly Hu. Having showcased her beauty
and fighting abilities to a television audience,
she soon became a staple in men's magazines
and Internet celebrity sites.
Kelly has achieved a high degree of visibility
without any hit series or movies under her belt.
She'll be starring alongside WWF superstar The
Rock in the summer 2002 feature, The Scorpion
King (a spin-off of The Mummy series), and we
may just see what a blockbuster will do for
Kelly Hu's already successful career.
Even the most glamorous person is likely to
show signs of wear around mile 22 of a marathon.
But it doesn't look like that will happen to
actress Kelly Hu.
The former Miss Hawaii was in town last week
to shoot an episode of NBC's "Las Vegas,"
and decided to use her time on Oahu to promote
her entry into the Honolulu Marathon Dec. 10.
She's running to help raise funds for one of
her favorite charities.
"Running a marathon was on my list of things
to do before I die," said Hu. "And
what better way to make myself do it than to
get all of this publicity behind it?"
On Dec. 11, the day after the marathon, she
will participate in a celebrity-packed fundraiser
for Reef Check Hawaii at the Sheraton Waikiki.
Reef Check is a global organization that helps
educate the public and monitor the health of
ocean reefs. VIP attendees at the event will
meet her, and some ambitious contributors will
get a chance to run the marathon with her.
"I wanted to do something, particularly
for Hawaii, and I've always been sort of worried
about the environment in general," she
said. "Coming from Hawaii, you grow up
with an appreciation of the ocean."
The former martial arts expert recently earned
her scuba certification. But is she a runner?
"I am now!" she chuckled. Her goal
is to "finish some time before the benefit
the following day." Even though she knows
she might have trouble walking that night, she
is excited about the opportunity to help an
organization she discovered while hosting the
Kelly Slater Surf Invitational in Fiji for the
Outdoor Life Network about three years ago.
"In my 20s it was all about me and trying
to make it," said the 38-year-old Hu. "Now
I really think it's my responsibility to bring
attention to certain charities. It's the least
we can do."
Wolverine (2007) (announced) (rumored)
.... Yuriko Oyama
- The Air I Breathe (2006)
(post-production) .... Jiyoung
- Shanghai Kiss (2006) (completed)
.... Micki Yang
- Undoing (2006) .... Vera
- Americanese (2006) ....
- Succubus: Hell Bent (2006)
.... Detective Pei
- The Devil's Den (2006)
- Mayday (2005) (TV) ....
- Underclassman (2005) ....
- Star Wars: Knights of
the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords
(2004) (VG) (voice) .... Visas Marr
- The Librarian: Quest for
the Spear (2004) (TV) .... Lana
- X2 (2003) .... Yuriko
- Cradle 2 the Grave (2003)
- The Scorpion King (2002)
- "Sunset Beach"
(1997) TV Series .... Rae Chang (1997)
- Fakin' Da Funk (1997)
- Star Command (1996) (TV)
.... Ens. Yukiko Fujisaki
- Strange Days (1995) ....
- No Way Back (1995) ....
- Surf Ninjas (1993) ....
- Harley Davidson and the
Marlboro Man (1991) .... Suzie
- The Doors (1991) (as Kelly
Ann Hu) .... Dorothy