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Early Life and Education

Full Name Lucy Alexis Liu
Birthday December 2, 1968
Birth Place Queens, New York, United States
Occupation Actress, Artist, Director, Producer
Years active 1991–present
Spouse None
Children 1 son Rockwell Lloyd (b. 2015)
Notable roles Ling Woo on Ally McBeal, O-Ren Ishii in Kill Bill, Alex Munday in Charlie‘s Angels
Net worth $16 million
Social media Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

As an ardent fan of Lucy Liu for over 20 years, I‘m thrilled to provide this in-depth introduction to the groundbreaking actress, talented artist, and passionate activist. Lucy Liu is one of Hollywood‘s most captivating stars known for her scene-stealing roles, creative pursuits, and social impact.

Born in 1968 in Queens, Lucy Liu was raised alongside her siblings in a multicultural neighborhood by immigrant parents from China. As a child, Lucy found joy in drawing, painting and performance art in school plays. Her creative talents were evident from a young age.

Lucy studied Asian cultures and languages at New York University. However, she soon switched to fine arts to indulge her passion for visual art. During college, Lucy’s appetite for acting grew through student theatre productions. This extracurricular activity laid the foundation for her future acting career.

After graduation, Lucy Liu moved to Los Angeles in 1991 to pursue acting full-time. She landed minor parts in films and TV shows for several years until her big break in 1998. Lucy was cast as the fierce attorney Ling Woo on the hit legal comedy-drama Ally McBeal.

As one of the first complex Asian American characters on primetime TV, Lucy Liu’s portrayal of Ling Woo was groundbreaking. I was mesmerized every week by her hilarious antics, bold personality and flashy outfits. Lucy’s outstanding performance earned her an Emmy nomination and catapulted her to stardom.

On the heels of her Ally McBeal fame, Lucy Liu reached new heights as a Hollywood leading lady. In 2000, she hosted Saturday Night Live, becoming the first Asian woman to take on hosting duties.

Later that year, Lucy starred as lethal assassin Alex Munday opposite Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz in Charlie’s Angels. Lucy held her own against her A-list co-stars with her toughness, wit and sex appeal.

Over the following years, Lucy showcased both her comedic and dramatic acting talents in films like the martial arts satire Ballistic: Ecks vs Sever, the violent revenge saga Kill Bill Volume 1, and the musical Chicago.

Beyond acting, Lucy Liu nourished her lifelong passion for the arts in various mediums. She directed episodes of TV shows like Elementary and Luke Cage. Lucy also penned a children‘s book called The Sweetest Dark in 2018.

As a visual artist, Lucy had her paintings, photography, and sculptures displayed in galleries across the United States and China. I was lucky enough to view her exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore during a trip in 2011. I was blown away by the breadth of her artistic talents.

A woman of both substance and style, Lucy Liu has long supported various social causes close to her heart. She has campaigned for human rights, disaster relief, and fought against human trafficking.

Lucy serves as an ambassador for UNICEF USA, using her platform to improve the lives of women and children worldwide. She also donates her time and resources to organizations like the Red Cross, The Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the Asian Women‘s Health Clinic. Lucy Liu‘s humanitarian efforts are truly inspirational.

With ambition, creativity, and principles guiding her, Lucy Liu has accumulated countless accolades over 3 decades in show business:

  • Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • MTV Movie Award for Charlie‘s Angels
  • Asian Excellence Award for Visibility
  • Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Ally McBeal
  • Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year Award

After following Lucy Liu‘s career for so many years, I‘ve gathered some fun tidbits about this multi-faceted star:

  • She was the first Asian woman to host Saturday Night Live in 2000
  • Lucy is trained in the Indonesian martial art of kali-eskrima-silat
  • She speaks Mandarin, Italian, Spanish and other Chinese dialects
  • Lucy sang on the Charlie‘s Angels soundtrack for the song "Tainted Love"
  • She won an Olay scholarship to college when she was just 16!

For decades, Lucy Liu has enthralled audiences with her acting range, creative talents, and passionate advocacy. She shattered stereotypes and propelled Asian American representation in Hollywood forward.

Even in her 50s, Lucy continues to take on exciting new challenges across TV, film and the arts. She juggles acting, directing, parenting her son Rockwell, and supporting worthy causes – seemingly effortlessly!

Lucy Liu‘s brilliance, principles and uniqueness will undoubtedly continue inspiring young Asian performers and women everywhere to pursue their dreams. Her lasting legacy motivates us all to make the world a bit brighter through our own creativity and actions.