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Lucy Liu

Born to 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. Lucy's mother, Cecilia, a biochemist, is from Beijing, and her father, Tom Liu, a civil engineer, is from Shanghai. 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 The X-Files (1993). In 1996, she was cast as an ambitious college 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 the indie Bang (1995), 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 Ally McBeal (1997). Liu initially auditioned for the role of Nelle Porter, which went to Portia de Rossi, but writer-producer David E. Kelley was so impressed with her 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.

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Dec 2, 1968 In Queens, New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Saturday Night Live 1975-10-11
Latest Project:
Series Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014-02-24

Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 14 wins & 19 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Elementary
Late Night with Seth Meyers Unknown 2014-02-24
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Unknown 2014-02-17
Graceland Unknown 2013
Elementary Dr. Joan Watson / ... 154 episodes, 2012-2019 2012-09-27
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Viper 45 episodes, 2011-2016 2011-09-19
Marry Me Rae Ann Carter 2 episodes, 2010 2010-12-12
Southland Unknown 2009-04-09
Watch What Happens: Live Unknown 2009-06-16
Cashmere Mafia Mia Mason 7 episodes, 2008 2008-01-06
The Wendy Williams Show Unknown 2008-05-14
Dirty Sexy Money Nola Lyons 13 episodes, 2008-2009 2007-09-26
Chelsea Lately Unknown 2007-07-01
Ugly Betty Unknown 2006-09-28
Game Over Raquel Smashenburn 6 episodes, 2004 2004-03-10
Joey Unknown 2004-09-09
Bo' Selecta! Unknown 2002-09-06
Jackie Chan Adventures Unknown 2000-09-09
Futurama Unknown 1999-03-28
Sex and the City Unknown 1998-06-06
King of the Hill Unknown 1997-01-12
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Ally McBeal Ling Woo 72 episodes, 1998-2002 1997-09-08
Nash Bridges Unknown 1996-03-29
The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest Unknown 1996-08-26
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Unknown 1995-01-16
ER Unknown 1994-09-19
The X-Files Unknown 1993-09-10
NYPD Blue Unknown 1993-09-21
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Home Improvement Unknown 1991-09-17
Beverly Hills, 90210 Unknown 1990-10-04
Coach Unknown 1989-02-28
The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
The Oprah Winfrey Show Unknown 1986
L.A. Law Unknown 1986-09-15
American Masters Unknown 1986-06-22
Jeopardy! Unknown 1984-09-10
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11