CODE NAME: THE CLEANER
A native New Yorker, LUCY LIU attended NYU and later received a Bachelor of Science degree in Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of Michigan. During her senior year at Michigan, she auditioned for a student theater production of Andre Gregory's adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland." Hoping to be cast in a supporting role, Liu was instead cast as the lead. Her acting career was born.
Liu's blossoming film career was thrust into over-drive when she starred with Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore in Columbia Tri-Star's blockbuster hit, Charlie's Angels, and its sequel, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. Liu's career was further solidified when she starred opposite Uma Thurman in Quentin Tarantino's critically acclaimed film for Miramax, Kill Bill: Volume I and in the second installment, Kill Bill: Volume II.
In smaller release, Liu will also next seen in 3 Needles, due out in December and in the Sebastian Gutierrez supernatural thriller Rise, co-starring Michael Chiklis. Liu has also lent her voice to the DreamWorks animation film Kung Fo Panda set for a 2008 release. Lucy has also been signed on to star in Beautiful Asian Brides and will also produce the film with Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. Liu recently completed production on Watching The Detectives, a romantic comedy co-starring Cillian Murphy.
Liu recently made her debut as producer with Freedom's Fury, a documentary on the 1956 Olympic semifinal water polo match between Hungary and Russia. Held in Australia, the match occurred as Russian forces were in Budapest, stomping out a popular revolt. She has also signed a deal to executive produce and star in a contemporary big-screen version of Charlie Chan for Twentieth Century Fox.
Liu's recent film credits include Lucky Number Slevin opposite Josh Hartnett and Ben Kingsley and Tony Scott's Domino. Other credits include roles opposite Jackie Chan in Universal's hit comedy Shanghai Noon; opposite Mel Gibson in Payback; opposite Antonio Banderas and Woody Harrelson in Touchstone Pictures' Play It To The Bone; another role opposite Banderas in the action-thriller Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever; and a cameo role in the Oscar-winning film, Chicago.
On television, Liu appeared as the unforgettable 'Ling Woo' in the hit Fox series, "Ally McBeal," a role for which she scored an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. She guest-starred on HBO's "Sex & the City" as well as on "Joeyā€¯ and has lent her voice to such animated series as "The Simpsons," "Futurama" and "King of the Hill."
In 2005 Lucy Liu was appointed U.S. Fund for UNICEF Ambassador. Her devoted work with UNICEF has taken her to the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan to visit with survivors of the October 8, 2005 earthquake. To witness the impact of HIV/AIDS on children and communities, Lucy traveled to Lesotho in August 2005. Lucy continues to lend her time and name to the cause.
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