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Name: Lucy Alexis Liu
Birth Date: December 2, 1968
Birth Place: Queens, New York, USA
born December 2, 1968 is an Emmy Award-nominated
Chinese American actress, best known for starring
in the television series Ally McBeal (1996-2000)
and the 2000 film Charlie's Angels. During and
after her tenure on Ally, she went on to have
a successful movie career.
Liu was born in New York City, and was raised
with her older brother, John Ya Liu (Liú
Yá Lì), and older sister, Jenny
Liu, in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York by
Chinese immigrant parents. Her father worked
as a civil engineer and her mother as a biochemist
in China, but they sacrificed to come to the
United States. At one time her father peddled
watches in Atlantic City while Liu worked in
a pajama factory at age eleven. In an interview
with the London Daily Telegraph she said: "It
was totally illegal. I actually blocked it out
until a few years ago when I said, Oh my God,
I was a child sweatshop worker. I didn't want
to do it, but what choice did I have."
Her family subsisted on boiled rice and cucumber
in their cockroach-infested Queens apartment.
Liu, at her parents' insistence, devoted her
spare time to studying, and she attended New
York City's famous Stuyvesant High School. Then
she attended New York University for one year,
transferred to University of Michigan at Ann
Arbor, and graduated with a degree in Chinese
Language and Culture.
Liu began acting in 1989 after auditioning for
a role in University of Michigan's production
of "Alice in Wonderland" during her
senior year. Liu won the lead role although
she tried out for a supporting role.
Liu had small roles in films and TV (for example
in X-Files) before landing a break on Ally McBeal.
Liu's role 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.
She became famous with her turn as Alex in the
Charlie's Angels movie, starring with established
Hollywood stars Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz.
Charlie's Angels became a hit earning more than
$125 million in the U.S., ranking above other
high grossing films such as Godfather and Mary
Poppins, and also a worldwide total of more
than $258 million. sequel to the film opened
to poor reviews but had a box-office hit again
with a total of more than $252 million.
Liu recently appeared on several episodes of
Joey with Matt LeBlanc, who played her love
interest in the Charlie's Angels movies. She
also had several successful small roles as Kitty
Baxter in the smash hit Chicago, and as a psychologist
opposite Keira Knightley in the thriller Domino.
Most recently 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. Liu is currently
in talks to recreate the Charlie Chan series
for modern audiences.
In April 2006, the documentary Freedom's Fury
premiered, with Liu as executive producer. 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.'
In a Jane interview, she implied her bisexuality,
while refusing to label herself as such, by
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."[
Early in 2006, Liu received an "Asian Excellence
Award" for Visibility, since she is the
most well-known and visible Asian American in
the media today.
The 25-year-old Brazilian model boasts three
significant long-term contracts--Victoria's
Secret, Maybelline and Telecom Italia Mobile,
Italy's mega-cellphone carrier. The former girlfriend
of rocker Lenny Kravitz is now reportedly dating
Prince Wence of Lichtenstein, heir to a royal
fortune Forbes estimates at $4 billion.
Devil to Pay (2006) (in production)
- Charlie Chan (2007) (announced)
- Kung Fu Panda (2008) (filming)
(voice) .... Master Viper
- Watching the Detectives
- Rise (2006) (post-production)
.... Sadie Blake
- Code Name: The Cleaner
(2007) (completed) .... Gina
- Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
- Domino (2005) .... Taryn
- 3 Needles (2005) ....
- "Jackie Chan Adventures"
- J2 Revised (2005) TV Episode (voice)
.... Future Jade
- "The Simpsons"
- Goo Goo Gai Pan (2005) TV Episode
(voice) .... Madam Wu
- Joey and the Premiere (2005) TV Episode
- Mulan II (2004) (V) (voice)
- "Maya & Miguel"
(2004) TV Series (voice) .... Maggie
- "Game Over"
(2004) TV Series (voice) .... Raquel
- Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
.... O-Ren Ishii
- Charlie's Angels: Full
Throttle (2003) .... Alex Munday
- Chicago (2002) .... Kitty
- "King of the Hill"
- Bad Girls, Bad Girls Whatcha Gonna
Do (2002) TV Episode
- Cypher (2002) .... Rita
- Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever
(2002) .... Agent Sever
- "Ally McBeal"
- Woman (2002) TV Episode .... Ling
- SSX Tricky (2001) (VG)
(voice) .... Elise Riggs
- Hotel (2001) .... Kawika
- "Saturday Night Live"
... aka SNL (USA: informal title)
- Charlie's Angels (2000)
.... Alex Munday
- Shanghai Noon (2000) ....
Princess Pei Pei
- Play It to the Bone (1999)
- The Mating Habits of the
Earthbound Human (1999) .... The Female's
- Molly (1999) .... Brenda
- True Crime (1999) (as
Lucy Alexis Liu) .... Toy Shop Girl
- Payback (1999/I) (as Lucy
Alexis Liu) .... Pearl