Lucy Liu

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Lucy Alexis Liu (born December 2, 1968) is an American actress. She became known for her role in the television series Ally McBeal (1998–2002) as the vicious and ill-mannered Ling Woo, and has also appeared in several notable film roles, including Charlie's Angels, Chicago, Kill Bill, and Kung Fu Panda.


Early life

Lucy Liu was born and was raised with her brother John in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York, by immigrant parents from Taiwan.[1][2][3][4][5][6] Liu has said that she grew up in a "diverse" neighborhood.[5] Her family spoke Mandarin at home and she did not learn English until she was five years old.[7] Her father, Tom, was a civil engineer, and her mother, Cecilia, a biochemist,[8] but they sacrificed those careers in Taiwan to come to the United States. Liu, at her parents' insistence, devoted her spare time to studying. She attended the Joseph Pulitzer Middle School (I.S.145) and she graduated from New York City's prestigious Stuyvesant High School in 1986.[9] She attended New York University for one year, before transferring to the University of Michigan, where she joined the Chi Omega sorority and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Asian Languages and Cultures.[5] At one point, Liu worked as a waitress in Michigan.[5]

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