Lucy Liu
American actress
Lucy Liu
Lucy Alexis Liu is an American actress, artist, narrator, and film producer. She became known for playing the role of the vicious and ill-mannered Ling Woo in the television series Ally McBeal (1998–2002) 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.
Biography
Lucy Liu's personal information overview.
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Aziz Ansari Slated To Be 'SNL's' First-Ever South Asian Host
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Aziz Ansari will host his first-ever “Saturday Night Live” episode on Jan. 21, the comedy sketch show announced Tuesday. The honor of hosting the iconic show has been a long time coming for the actor, writer, comedian and co-creator of the Emmy award-winning Netflix series “Master of None” ― but it’s also a huge milestone for diversity in comedy. Ansari’s appearance on the show will mark the first time “SNL” has cast a South Asian entertainer as host in its 41-year history. Excited to host SNL on 1/21. See ya then. pic.twitter.com/geNeWJyUHH — Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) January 10, 2017 Ansari’s career reached an all-time high in 2016. Not only did “Master of None,” which he co-wrote with Alan Yang, win an Emmy for Best Writing for a Comedy Series, it took home a Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Comedy Series and a Peabody Award, with several more Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. The groundbreaking show is also debuting a second season in 2017 ...
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'Fresh Off The Boat' Makes Timely Statement On Asian-American Identity. Here's Why It Matters In 2016.
Huffington Post - 4 months
Over the duration of its two seasons, ABC’s family comedy, “Fresh Off The Boat” ― the first television show about an Asian-American family in over 20 years ― has continually asked complicated questions about the Asian-American experience in a country that prefers cultural assimilation over true integration and celebration. From Eddie Huang, the oldest son of the family, being called a “chink” by a classmate in the pilot episode, to Eddie’s mother, Jessica Huang openly wondering if their assimilation into American society has diluted her family’s Taiwanese heritage, the show acutely reflects contemporary anxieties that Asian-Americans grapple with today. As television critic Dan Caffrey pointed out last week, “Fresh Off The Boat” asks viewers, “is [assimilation] something to be resisted or desired? Or is it a little bit of both? ... what does it mean to be Chinese? What does it mean to be American?” Last Tuesday’s season premiere of “Fresh Off The Boat” seemed less concerned wit ...
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WATCH: Worst Advice: Lucy Liu
ABC News - 6 months
Award-winning actress Lucy Liu shares the worst piece of advice she's ever received, with Rebecca Jarvis on Real Biz with Rebecca Jarvis "Worst Advice"
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Watch: Lucy Liu Talks 'Elementary,' Motherhood and Her Earliest Acting Roles on 'Real Biz With Rebecca Jarvis'
ABC News - 9 months
Actress Lucy Liu joins Rebecca Jarvis on "Real Biz With Rebecca Jarvis." The leading lady opens up about her hit show" Elementary," having a baby through surrogacy and how she made her way from Queens, NY, to Hollywood to become a success.
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Lucy Liu opens up on her "nontraditional family"
CBS News - 10 months
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First Nighter: Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'School of Rock' Doesn't Quite Rule
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The old theater saying that goes "If you have a great finish, you don't have to worry about anything else" comes close to working for the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Glenn Slater-Julian Fellowes musical adaptation of School of Rock, screenwriter Mike White's 2003 movie starring Jack Black. And like just about every other of the not abundant high points in this Lloyd Webber-ized School of Rock,, it involves the terrific young actors -- several of them young actor-musicians -- working like cheerful demons in the story about offensive wannabe rock star Dewey Finn (Alex Brightman, apparently no relation to Sarah), who deviously takes a temporary teaching job at exclusive Horace Green. (Think Horace Mann.) The high-paying position had been offered to best pal Ned Schneebly (Spencer Moses) with whom Dewey had been squatting rent-free, a freeload not much to the liking of working housewife Patti Schneebly (Mamie Parris). The raise-the-Winter-Garden-roof conclusion takes place -- as these sorts o ...
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First Nighter: Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'School of Rock' Doesn't Quite Rule
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The old theater saying that goes "If you have a great finish, you don't have to worry about anything else" comes close to working for the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Glenn Slater-Julian Fellowes musical adaptation of School of Rock, screenwriter Mike White's 2003 movie starring Jack Black. And like just about every other of the not abundant high points in this Lloyd Webber-ized School of Rock,, it involves the terrific young actors -- several of them young actor-musicians -- working like cheerful demons in the story about offensive wannabe rock star Dewey Finn (Alex Brightman, apparently no relation to Sarah), who deviously takes a temporary teaching job at exclusive Horace Green. (Think Horace Mann.) The high-paying position had been offered to best pal Ned Schneebly (Spencer Moses) with whom Dewey had been squatting rent-free, a freeload not much to the liking of working housewife Patti Schneebly (Mamie Parris). The raise-the-Winter-Garden-roof conclusion takes place -- as these sorts o ...
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A Glamorous Retrospective Of Style Icons Who Mastered The Cat Eye
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Cat-eye liner is one of the most classic looks in beauty history. Actresses including Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren and Brigitte Bardot played a prominent role in making the cat eye relevant. And music icons such as Nina Simone, Madonna and Adele have all put their own spin on the feminine and flirty eye makeup. But mastering cat-eye liner hasn't always been easy. In past decades, women attempted the cat eye with the wrong products, according to celebrity makeup artist Sonia Kashuk. "Most women had in mind that very thin, old liquid liner look. However, it was a little more difficult in application," she said. The introduction of gel liners, felt-tip eye markers and angled brushes like Kashuk's Longwear Gel Liner and Bent Eyeliner Brush has made the cat eye much easier to do today. And while cat-eye liner is visually appealing, Kashuk believes that it also gives a lifting effect to the eye. "As women age, our eyes tend to pull down and our lashes tend to get thinner. So a modifi ...
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A Glamorous Retrospective Of Style Icons Who Mastered The Cat Eye
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Cat-eye liner is one of the most classic looks in beauty history. Actresses including Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren and Brigitte Bardot played a prominent role in making the cat eye relevant. And music icons such as Nina Simone, Madonna and Adele have all put their own spin on the feminine and flirty eye makeup. But mastering cat-eye liner hasn't always been easy. In past decades, women attempted the cat eye with the wrong products, according to celebrity makeup artist Sonia Kashuk. "Most women had in mind that very thin, old liquid liner look. However, it was a little more difficult in application," she said. The introduction of gel liners, felt-tip eye markers and angled brushes like Kashuk's Longwear Gel Liner and Bent Eyeliner Brush has made the cat eye much easier to do today. And while cat-eye liner is visually appealing, Kashuk believes that it also gives a lifting effect to the eye. "As women age, our eyes tend to pull down and our lashes tend to get thinner. So a modifi ...
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'Elementary' star Lucy Liu goes behind the camera
Yahoo News - about 2 years
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Elementary" star Lucy Liu had to be pushy to get a chance to turn director on the CBS crime drama.
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Critic’s Notebook: Maggie Q and Lucy Liu: Asian-Americans as Leading Ladies
NYTimes - about 3 years
Beyond Lucy Liu and Maggie Q’s success as female leads on television, Asian-American actresses often play characters shaped to reflect longstanding stereotypes.     
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lucy Liu
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    Age 46
    Liu announced the birth of her son Rockwell Lloyd, who had been born via a gestational surrogate, on August 27, 2015.
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  • 2011
    Age 42
    Liu is a supporter of marriage equality for gays and lesbians, and became a spokeswoman for the Human Rights Campaign in 2011.
    More Details Hide Details 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. In 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." 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.
  • 2010
    Age 41
    In March 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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    Age 39
    In 2008, she produced and narrated the short film The Road to Traffik, about the Cambodian author and human rights advocate Somaly Mam.
    More Details Hide Details The film was directed by Kerry Girvin and co-produced by photographer Norman Jean Roy. This led to a partnership with producers on the documentary film Redlight.
    Her painting "Escape" was incorporated into Montblanc's Cutting Edge Art Collection and was shown during Art Basel Miami 2008, which showed works by contemporary American artists.
    More Details Hide Details Liu has stated that she donated her share of the profits from the NYC Milk Gallery gallery show to UNICEF. In London, portion of the proceeds from her book Seventy Two went to UNICEF. In 2001 Liu was the spokeswoman for the Lee National Denim Day fundraiser, which raises money for breast cancer research and education. In 2004 Liu was appointed an ambassador for U.S. Fund for UNICEF. She traveled to Pakistan and Lesotho, among several other countries. Early in 2006, Liu received an "Asian Excellence Award" for Visibility. She also hosted an MTV documentary, Traffic, for the MTV EXIT campaign in 2007.
    She also had another show in 2008 in Munich.
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  • 2007
    Age 38
    In 2007 Empire named Liu number 96 of their "100 Sexiest Movie Stars."
    More Details Hide Details 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 (Peter Krause). Liu voiced Silvermist in Disney Fairies and Viper in Kung Fu Panda.
    Liu guest starred as lawyer Grace Chin on Ugly Betty in the 2007 episodes "Derailed" and "Icing on the Cake."
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    In 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 Watching the Detectives, an independent romantic comedy co-starring Cillian Murphy.
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  • 2006
    Age 37
    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.
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  • 2003
    Age 34
    Soon thereafter, she appeared as O-Ren Ishii in Quentin Tarantino's 2003 film, Kill Bill.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    The sequel, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, opened in June 2003 and also did well at the box office, earning $100 million in the U.S. and a worldwide total of more than $259 million.
    More Details Hide Details Liu also starred with Antonio Banderas in Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever, a critical and box office failure.
  • 2002
    Age 33
    In 2002 Liu played Rita Foster in Vincenzo Natali's Brainstorm (a k a Cypher).
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  • 2001
    Age 32
    In a 2001 episode of Sex and the City entitled "Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda" she guest starred as herself, playing Samantha Jones' new client.
    More Details Hide Details She starred in the Sex and the City–inspired TV show Cashmere Mafia on ABC. Liu also made a cameo appearance on Futurama (as herself and robot duplicates) in the episodes "I Dated a Robot" and "Love and Rocket", and on The Simpsons in the season 16 episode "Goo Goo Gai Pan."
  • 2000
    Age 31
    She made her producer debut and also starred in a remake of Charlie Chan, which had been planned as early as 2000.
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    In 2000 she hosted Saturday Night Live with Jay-Z.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1992
    Age 23
    In May 1992, Liu made her New York stage debut in Fairy Bones, directed by Tina Chen.
    More Details Hide Details Liu had small roles in films and TV, marking her debut. She was cast in both The X-Files in "Hell Money" and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys in "The March to Freedom," before landing a role on Ally McBeal. Liu originally auditioned for the role of Nelle Porter (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 a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series. In Payback (1999), Liu portrayed Pearl, a high-class BDSM prostitute with links to the Chinese mafia. Liu was cast as Alex Munday in the film Charlie's Angels, 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.
  • 1990
    Age 21
    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."
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  • 1989
    Age 20
    As a member of the Basement Arts student-run theater group, she auditioned in 1989 for the University of Michigan's production of Alice in Wonderland during her senior year of college.
    More Details Hide Details Although she had originally tried out for only a supporting part, Liu was cast in the lead role.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    Age 19
    Liu worked as a waitress at the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase club circa 1988–89.
    More Details Hide Details Liu was discovered by an agent at the age of 21 while traveling on the subway. She did one commercial.
  • 1986
    Age 17
    Liu attended Joseph Pulitzer Middle School (I.S.145), and graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details She later enrolled at New York University and transferred to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she was a member of the Chi Omega sorority. Liu earned a bachelor's degree in Asian languages and cultures.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1968
    Born
    Lucy Liu was born on December 2, 1968 in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City, New York.
    More Details Hide Details In high school, she adopted a middle name, Alexis. She is the youngest of three children born to Cecilia (1925-1986), who worked as a biochemist, and Tom Liu (1913-1975), a trained civil engineer who sold digital clock pens. Liu's parents originally came from Beijing and Shanghai and emigrated to Taiwan as adults before meeting in New York. She has an older brother, Alex, and an older sister, Jenny. Her parents worked many jobs while Lucy and her siblings were growing up. Liu has stated that she grew up in a diverse neighborhood. She learned to speak Mandarin at home and began studying English when she was 5. She studied kali-eskrima-silat as a hobby when she was young.
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