From being the best thing about Ally McBeal (other than the dancing baby) to breaking hearts as one of 'Charlie''s favorite angels, Lucy Liu packs a lot of power in petite package. Lucy was born on December 2, 1968, in Queens, New York, the daughter of Taiwanese immigrants. She attended New York University and transferred after one year to the University of Michigan, where she majored in Asian Studies. She gave acting a shot while in college, winning the lead role in the university's production of Alice in Wonderland. After graduation, she appeared on such TV shows as The X-Files and ER before auditioning for the FOX comedy/drama Ally McBeal in 1997. She tried out for the role of Nelle Porter, which went to Portia de Rossi. The show's producers liked Lucy and created the role of Ling Woo especially for her. The part was written as a guest spot, but her character became so popular that she was made a permanent part of the series, and earned nominations for both an Emmy and a Screen Actors Guild award. Lucy also made a name for herself in movies, starring in Payback with Mel Gibson, Play it to the Bone with Woody Harrelson and Antonio Banderas and Shanghai Noon with Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson before joining Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz for the action-adventure hit Charlie's Angels in 2000. She enjoyed playing a bad-ass and her next high-profile role was as professional assassin 'O-Ren Ishii/Cottonmouth' in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill: Vol. 1 in 2003. She has since appeared in Domino with Keira Knightley, Chicago and Lucky Number Slevin and made her return to network TV on the short-lived Sex and the City knock-off Cashmere Mafia. In addition to acting, Lucy is an accomplished artist and spends a great deal of time working for charities including UNICEF. Throughout her busy career Lucy has kicked ass and continues to do it - with style.
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