- Actress Lucy Liu may seem like she leads a boring life, compared to
other actors who are caught in the excessive lifestyle of partying till dawn.
But her acting skills and roles are anything but boring.
Lucy Liu was born on Dec. 2, 1968, in Queens, New York, to Chinese parents, who named her Lucy Alexis Liu.
At the University of Michigan, she majored in Chinese Language and Culture, and minored in acting, and theatre. Liu scored the lead in a school production of "Alice in Wonderland." She had initially auditioned for a smaller part for the college play, but was given the lead role. After graduating from college in 1990, Liu moved to Los Angeles to pursue her ambition of acting.
While working a series of jobs in the food service industry, she scored an appearance on the highly rated teen soap "Beverly Hills 90210." She received a series of small parts for the next couple of years, continuing to work hard. Liu lit up the big screen with her role as the ex-girlfriend in her first movie performance in "Jerry Maguire."
In 1996, she hit the small screen with a passionate kiss with Calista Flockhart on the TV show "Ally Mc Beal." Liu played the ill-tempered but hot lawyer, Ling Woo, on "Ally McBeal," staying on the show until 2002.
In 1999, she appeared in five movies including "True Crime," and "Payback," playing a dominatrix with Mel Gibson. In 2000, she starred as a princess who is kidnapped in "Shanghai Noon."
Her biggest break came playing an angel in the movie, "Charlie's Angels" in 2000, acting alongside Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz. Liu starred in several more movies, such as "Hotel" in 2001, and "Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever" in 2002, that were not as popular as the "Charlie's Angels" movie series.She rebounded with "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" and "Kill Bill" in 2003.
Liu knows six languages, and at one time worked as an aerobics instructor.
Her mother is a biochemist.
She was mentioned in the song "Hey Ya" by the Outkasts in 2003.
Liu practices martial arts, skis, rides horses and rock climbs to stay in shape, and to keep life interesting. That could be why we don't hear anything incredible about Lucy Liu, because she is too busy to get in trouble! Copyright 2013, which means you are not allowed by law to use any portion of this article without the written permission of the author, who is Kate Johns, a freelance writer since 2004!