ANNA AND THE KING
Born in the Szechwan
province of The People's Republic of China, BAI LING (Tuptim) starred in Jon
Avnet's thriller "Red Corner" opposite Richard Gere. Her performance
earned her the prestigious 1997 Breakthrough Award from the National Board of
Review, and the Discovery Star of 1997 awarded by the Hollywood Women's Press
Club for their Golden Apple Awards.
Ling's other film
credits include "Wild Wild West," "Nixon," and "The
Bai Ling's first
exposure to acting came at the age of 14, when she served a three-year stint in
the Chinese Army as part of a performance troop entertaining soldiers in Tibet.
The experience allowed her to cultivate her musical skills, which, in turn, have
resulted in her amazing ear for dialects. She went on to refine her craft with
the Szechwan Theater company where she came to the attention of both traditional
and progressive Chinese directors. She was highly recognized for her portrayal
of a mentally ill young woman in the Chinese drama "Arc Light."
Bai Ling now resides in
the United States and recently became an American citizen.
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