Lucy (I) Liu

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Real name is Lucy Alexis Liu
Was born at 2 December 1968 (now is 49 years old) in Queens, New York City, New York, USA

Born to immigrants in Queens, New York, Lucy Liu has always tried tobalance an interest in her cultural heritage with a desire to movebeyond a strictly Asian-American experience. Lucy's mother, Cecilia, abiochemist, is from Beijing, and her father, Tom Liu, a civil engineer,is from Shanghai. Once relegated to "ethnic" parts, the energeticactress is finally earning her stripes as an across-the-board leadinglady. Liu graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1986 and enrolled in NewYork University; discouraged by the "dark and sarcastic" atmosphere ofNYU, however, she transferred to the University of Michigan after herfreshman year.

She graduated from UM with a degree in Chinese Languageand Culture, managing to squeeze in some additional training in dance,voice, fine arts, and acting. During her senior year, Liu auditionedfor a small part in a production of Alice in Wonderland and walked awaywith the lead; encouraged by the experience, she decided to take theplunge into professional acting. She moved to Los Angeles and split hertime between auditions and food service day jobs, eventually scoring aguest 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 "The X Files" (1993) . In 1996, she was cast as an ambitiouscollege student on Rhea Perlman's ephemeral sitcom "Pearl" (1996) .

Liu first appeared on the big screen as an ex-girlfriend in Jerry Maguire (1996) (she had previously filmed a scene in theindie Bang (1995) , but it was shelved for two years). She thenwaded through a series of supporting parts in small films beforelanding her big break on "Ally McBeal" (1997) . Liu initiallyauditioned for the role of Nelle Porter, which went to'Portia de Rossi' , but writer-producer 'David E. Kelley (I)' was so impressed with her that he promised to write a part for her inan upcoming episode. The part turned out to be that of growling,ill-tempered lawyer Ling Woo, which Liu filled with such aplomb thatshe was signed on as a regular cast member.

The "Ally" win gave Liu's film career a much-needed boost--in 1999, shewas cast as a dominatrix in the 'Mel Gibson (I)' action flick Payback (1999/I) , and as a hitchhiker in the ill-received boxingsaga Play It to the Bone (1999) . The next year brought evenlarger roles: first as the kidnapped Princess Pei Pei in'Jackie Chan (I)' 's western Shanghai Noon (2000) , then asone-third of the comely crime-fighting trio in Charlie's Angels (2000) . When she's not hissing at clients or throwing well-coiffed punches, Liukeeps busy with an eclectic mix of off-screen hobbies. She practicesthe martial art of Kali-Eskrima-Silat (knife-and-stick fighting), skis,rock climbs, rides horses, and plays the accordion. In 1993 sheexhibited a collection of multimedia art pieces at the Cast IronGallery in SoHo (New York), after which she won a grant to study andcreate art in China.

Her hectic schedule doesn't leave much time forromantic intrigue, but Liu says she prefers to keep that side of herlife uncluttered. .

There is some small facts about Lucy (I) Liu:
  • As her family spoke Mandarin Chinese at home, she did not learn English until the age of 5.
  • Graduated from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor with a degree in Asian languages and cultures.
  • Graduated from New York's prestigious Stuyvesant High School (1986).
  • Attended New York University for a year.
  • Her mother is a biochemist; her father works as a civil engineer.
  • Grew up in the Jackson Heights section of Queens County, New York.
  • In 2000, she became the first Asian-American female to host "Saturday Night Live" (1975) .
  • She once worked as an aerobics instructor.
  • Plays the accordion.
  • Practices rock climbing, skiing, and horseback riding.
  • Auditioned for a role in Shanghai Knights (2003) , but lost out to 'Fann Wong' .
  • Is an initiated sister of Chi Omega Fraternity.
  • Announced that she plans on marrying 'Zach Helm (I)' , her boyfriend of one year (April 2004).
  • Mentioned in 'Outkast' 's hit "Hey Ya".
  • Good friends with 'Cameron Diaz' and 'Drew Barrymore (I)' since Charlie's Angels (2000)
  • One of the guests at 'Ashton Kutcher' 's and 'Demi Moore' 's wedding in 2005.
  • Graduated Stuyvesant High School the same year as 'Yelba Osorio' and 'Zorikh Lequidre' .
  • Is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, English, Italian, Spanish, and a little Japanese.
  • Is close friends with her "Pearl" (1996) co-star 'Rhea Perlman' and her husband 'Danny DeVito'
  • Ranked #56 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement (2005).
  • Auditioned for the role of Elektra in Daredevil (2003) , but lost out to 'Jennifer Garner (I)' .
  • Ranked #79 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement (2006).
  • Lives in New York with her brother Alex Liu and his wife.
  • Has had gallery exhibitions, showing her collage, paintings and photography.
  • Was named a U.S. Fund for UNICEF Ambassador (2005).
  • Considers herself multitasking.
  • Chosen by Goldsea Asian American Daily as one of the "100 Most Inspiring Asian Americans of All Time" (ranked #51).
  • Speaks 6 languages.
  • Award of Merit for voice-over in "The No Name Painting Association" at the Best Shorts Competition 2013.
  • (August 27, 2015) Welcomed her 1st child, a son named Rockwell Lloyd Liu, who had been born via a gestational surrogate.
  • Very involved in the plight of pediatric AIDS in Africa.
  • She is depicted in an episode of "Futurama" (1999) .
Also look some video clip about Lucy (I) Liu:
There is the list of movies, where Lucy (I) Liu was taked part:
1 2000 MTV Movie Awards movie 2000 MTV Movie Awards 2000 as Herself - Presenter
2 3 Needles movie 3 Needles 2005 as Jin Ping, the Blood Smuggler
3 Elementary: Season 2 - Skill Sets movie Elementary: Season 2 - Skill Sets 2014 as Herself
4 Elementary: Season 3 - The Elements of Deduction movie Elementary: Season 3 - The Elements of Deduction 2015 as Herself
5 Kids Inaugural: We Are the Future movie Kids Inaugural: We Are the Future 2009 as Herself
6 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 03 movie Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 03 2003 as Herself
7 The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards movie The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards 2004 as Herself - Presenter: Best Documentary, Best Cinematography
8 The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards movie The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards 2012 as Herself - Presenter: Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
9 The Man with the Iron Fists movie The Man with the Iron Fists 2012 as Madam Blossom
10 Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast movie Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast 2014 as Silvermist
11 Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope movie Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope 2005 as Herself
12 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys movie Hercules: The Legendary Journeys 1995 as Oi-Lan
13 Jeopardy! movie Jeopardy! 1984 as Herself - Video Clue Presenter
14 Late Show with David Letterman movie Late Show with David Letterman 1993 as Herself
15 Live with Regis and Kathie Lee movie Live with Regis and Kathie Lee 1988 as Herself - Guest Co-Hostess
16 The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson movie The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2005 as Herself - Guest
17 The Meredith Vieira Show movie The Meredith Vieira Show 2014 as Herself - Guest
18 The Oprah Winfrey Show movie The Oprah Winfrey Show 1986 as Herself - Guest
19 The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest movie The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest 1996 as Melana
20 The Rosie ODonnell Show movie The Rosie ODonnell Show 1996 as Herself - Guest
21 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon movie The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 as Herself - Guest
22 The Wendy Williams Show movie The Wendy Williams Show 2008 as Herself - Guest
23 Watch What Happens: Live movie Watch What Happens: Live 2009 as Herself - Guest
24 Tinker Bell movie Tinker Bell 2008 as Silvermist
25 101 Sexiest Celebrity Bodies movie 101 Sexiest Celebrity Bodies 2005 as Herself - Place #89
26 17th Annual PRISM Showcase movie 17th Annual PRISM Showcase 2013 as Herself
27 2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards movie 2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 2000 as Herself
28 2001 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards movie 2001 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 2001 as Herself
29 2002 ABC World Stunt Awards movie 2002 ABC World Stunt Awards 2002 as Herself - Presenter
30 2003 MTV Movie Awards movie 2003 MTV Movie Awards 2003 as Herself
31 2004 MTV Movie Awards movie 2004 MTV Movie Awards 2004 as Herself
32 2006 Asian Excellence Awards movie 2006 Asian Excellence Awards 2006 as Herself - Winner: Visibility Award
33 2006 Womens World Awards movie 2006 Womens World Awards 2006 as Herself
34 21 Years: Quentin Tarantino movie 21 Years: Quentin Tarantino 2016 as Herself
35 30th NAACP Image Awards movie 30th NAACP Image Awards 1999 as Herself
36 5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards movie 5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1999 as Herself
37 70th Golden Globe Awards movie 70th Golden Globe Awards 2013 as Herself - Presenter
38 7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards movie 7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2001 as Herself
39 A Holmes of Their Own movie A Holmes of Their Own 2013 as Herself
40 AFIs 100 Years... 100 Thrills: Americas Most Heart-Pounding Movies movie AFIs 100 Years... 100 Thrills: Americas Most Heart-Pounding Movies 2001 as Herself
There is the list of interview of Lucy (I) Liu:
  • "Le Républicain Lorrain TV Magazine" (France), 30 November 2014, Iss. (supplément au Républicain Lorrain du 26-11-2014), pg. 4, by: Chuc, Nathalie, "Lucy Liu : « La relation entre Sherlock et Watson est le coeur du sujet »"
  • "Los Angeles Times" (USA), 8 November 2014, Vol. 133, Iss. 340, pg. E5, by: Nancy Lloyd, "5 Questions: For star, making time to meditate is elementary"
  • "Parade" (USA), 20 May 2011, pg. 2, by: Walter Scott, "Walter Scott asks...Lucy Liu"
  • "The Independent Arts & Books Review" (UK), 27 June 2008, pg. 11, by: Lesley O'Toole, "An agent of change"
  • "Moving Pictures Magazine" (USA), October 2006, Iss. Oct/Nov, pg. 20-23, by: Elliot V. Kotek, "Lucy Liu: Art, Angels & AIDS"
  • "Teen People" (USA), November 2000, pg. 74-78, by: Linda Friedman, "They're No Angels"
  • "TV Guide" (USA), 28 October 2000, Vol. 48, Iss. 44, pg. 16-20+67, by: Janet Weeks, "Once, Twice, Three Times An Angel"
  • "Playboy" (USA), August 1999, Vol. 46, Iss. 8, pg. 118-119+151-152, by: Robert Crane, "20Q"
There is the list of some articles of Lucy (I) Liu:
  • "Parade" (USA), 18 October 2007, pg. 22, by: james Brady, "In Step With: Lucy Liu"
  • "The Los Angeles Times" (USA), 16 April 2006, by: Susan King, "Versatility In Action"
  • "Empire" (UK), 1 November 2003, Vol. 1, Iss. 173, pg. 97, by: Mark Dinning, "Lucy Lui, Code Name: Black Mamba"
  • "Veronica" (Netherlands), 12 April 2003, Iss. 15, pg. 12+13, by: Ron Kampers, "Lucy Liu dodelijk met handen, voeten én tong"
  • "TV Guide" (USA), 28 September 2002, Vol. 50, Iss. 39, pg. 50, by: staff, "50 Sexiest Stars of All-Time - #46"
  • "Biography" (USA), October 2000, Vol. 4, Iss. 10, pg. 84-87, by: Michael Archer, "From Ally To Angel"
  • "TV Guide" (USA), 14 November 1998, Vol. 46, Iss. 46, pg. 3-4, by: Annabel Vered, "Ally McBeal's lawless Lucy: As the cantakerous newcomer Ling Woo, Lucy Liu has Fish to fry"
There is the list of some printed articles of Lucy Alexis Liu:
  • "Swank" (USA), April 2013, Iss. 191, pg. 80-81, by: Crane Bostock, "Swank's Naked Hollywood: Lucy Liu"
  • "Celebrity Skin" (USA), 2012, Iss. 12, pg. 10-11, by: editor, "2012 Fall Season Boob Tubers:Lucy Liu [Elementary]"
  • "Playboy" (USA), December 2006, Vol. 53, Iss. 12, pg. 92, by: Stephen Rebello, "Sex in Cinema 2006"
  • "Moving Pictures Magazine" (USA), October 2006, Iss. Oct/Nov, pg. 20-23, by: Elliot V. Kotek, "Lucy Liu: Art, Angels & AIDS"
  • "Playboy" (USA), August 2005, Vol. 52, Iss. 8, pg. 32, by: staff, "Tease Frame: Lucy Liu"
  • "Celebrity Skin" (USA), September 2004, Vol. 28, Iss. 132, pg. 40, by: staff, "Top 100 Sexiest Stars: #x64 Lucy Liu"
  • "Playboy" (USA), December 2003, Vol. 50, Iss. 12, pg. 107, by: staff, "Sex In Cinema 2003"
  • "Celebrity Sleuth" (USA), July 2003, Iss. 26, pg. 88-91, by: staff, "Law & Ardor: Lucy Liu"
  • "Maxim" (USA), July 2003, Vol. 7, Iss. 7, pg. 114-122, by: Antoine Verglas, "Killer Angels: Lucy Liu"
  • "Celebrity Skin" (USA), May 2003, Vol. 25, Iss. 116, pg. 32-33, by: staff, "Charlie's Angels' Lucy Liu"
  • "Maxim" (USA), September 2002, Vol. 6, Iss. 9, pg. 132-142, by: Antoine Verglas, "Liu Wow!"
  • "Celebrity Skin" (USA), November 2001, Vol. 23, Iss. 100, pg. 32, "100 Sexiest Celebrities Of All Time Nude! #70 : Asian Persuasion"
  • "Esquire" (UK), October 2001, pg. 170 - 177, by: Randy Kane-Swail (words) Steve Shaw (photographs), "I Love Lucy"
  • "Cinema" (Hungary), July 2001, Iss. 116, pg. 63, "Pokoli trió"
  • "Celebrity Sleuth" (USA), 2001, Vol. 14, Iss. 1, pg. 76-77, by: staff, "Kelley Girls: Charlie's Angel"
  • "Celebrity Skin" (USA), November 2000, Vol. 22, Iss. 90, pg. 80-81, by: staff, "Charlie's Angels Yesterday & Today: Asian Angel"
  • "Joy" (Hungary), November 2000, Vol. 3, Iss. 11, pg. 12, by: Christina Kubach/Vanda Dénes, "Charlie Angyalai"
  • "Playboy" (USA), July 2000, Vol. 47, Iss. 7, pg. 181, by: Fitzroy Barrett, "Grapevine: Touched by an Angel"
  • "Vanity Fair" (UK), April 2000, Iss. 476, pg. 60, by: James Wolcott, "Power, Size Petite"
  • "High Society" (USA), 2000, Vol. 25, Iss. 13, pg. 24-25, by: staff, "Lucy Liu's Snake Bite Love"
  • "Celebrity Skin" (USA), December 1999, Vol. 21, Iss. 82, pg. 38, by: staff, "Film Buffs: Pearl of the Orient"
  • "Celebrity Sleuth" (USA), 1999, Vol. 12, Iss. 9, pg. 24-25, by: staff, "Ally McPeel: Ling Woo"
The image of Lucy Alexis Liu was on the covers of these magazines:
  • "TV Guide" (USA), 14 October 2013, Vol. 61, Iss. 41
  • "Moving Pictures Magazine" (USA), October 2006, Iss. Oct/Nov
  • "Ocean Drive" (USA), April 2006
  • "Vanity Fair" (USA) March 2004
  • "Jane" (USA), October 2003
  • "Entertainment Weekly" (USA), 20 June 2003, Vol. 1, Iss. 715
  • "GQ" (Germany), January 2003
  • "Maxim" (USA), September 2002, Vol. 6, Iss. 9
  • "Esquire" (UK), October 2001
  • "Mademoiselle" (USA), June 2001
  • "Total DVD" (Russia), May 2001
  • "Cinema" (Germany), December 2000, Iss. 271
  • "Cinema" (Hungary), December 2000, Iss. 109
  • "Marie Claire" (Mexico), December 2000
  • "Amica" (Germany), December 2000
  • "FHM" (UK), December 2000, Iss. 131
  • "Tv-Spielfilm" (Germany), 18 November 2000
  • "Marie Claire" (USA), November 2000, Vol. 7, Iss. 11
  • "Teen People" (USA), November 2000
  • "TV Guide" (USA), 28 October 2000, Vol. 48, Iss. 44
  • "Premiere" (USA), September 2000, Iss. 900
  • "Heat" (UK), 28 April 2000, Iss. 62
There is the list of some quotes of Lucy (I) Liu:
  • I grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens, with no money. I was taught not to take anything for granted. If you are too busy being a diva or a freak, then you are not enjoying it.
  • Everything I buy is vintage and smells funny. Maybe that's why I don't have a boyfriend.
  • [about "Ally McBeal" (1997) ] It's so much fun playing her [Ling], but I have this fear that people are going to run away from me in terror on the streets. They think I'm going to bite their heads off or something.
  • 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.
  • Martial arts are art forms and require a great deal of discipline and dedication. I so admire people who focus their lives on it, because it's not an easy thing to do.
  • Producing is like pushing jello up a hill on a hot day.
  • It's really taking a while but I do think it's becoming more acceptable to cast Asians in roles that weren't originally slated for someone who is Asian, which is so great.
  • I try to believe like I believed when I was five...when my heart told me everything I needed to know.
  • [on playing a female version of the "Dr. Watson" character in "Elementary" (2012) ] I think flawed characters, having a history and a mysterious past, are always going to keep the audience engaged. Naturally, the connection between the two of them [i.e. with "Sherlock Holmes"] is his oddities and, you know, his inability to be as stable as most people would like to be. She's just as unstable, but not as obvious, because she's trying to distract her own problems with his problems.
  • [on dealing with so many 'dead bodies' on 'Elementary'] You become a little jaded. We had someone posing as a dead person we find in a dumpster. She got all the prosthetics on her face to make her look dehydrated, like she's been there for a while. She's been in makeup for three hours, but she's in there eating a breakfast burrito.
  • I never stopped and thought, "I want a career like this person or that person," not just because of the limitations of being Asian-American, but because of the importance of understanding that you're on your individual path, and there are different crossroads and different journeys... I don't know where mine's going to take me, but I have absolute confidence that it's the right direction.
  • 'Cause you know, everyone has a tattoo, like everybody. I'm trying to be different.
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