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Lucy Alexis Liu (劉玉玲 Li Ylng) is an American actress, born in Queens, UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity on December 2, 1968, to Taiwanese immigrant parents. Although [[AsianAndNerdy she did well in her studies]], she started acting when she auditioned for a minor role in a college production of ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'', and instead won the lead.

After some small roles in films and television, her breakthrough came when she got a part in ''Series/AllyMcBeal'', playing the foul-mouthed Ling Woo, a new character specifically written for her. Her tough attitude made her a sex symbol for a lot of viewers, and her performance earned her Emmy and Screen Actors Guild award nominations.

Since then, she has appeared in a variety of film and television roles, often playing an ActionGirl or DarkActionGirl, as well as doing voice-acting in animation (cf. her appearance on the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode where Fry downloads Lucy Liu's likeness into a robot and uses it as his girlfriend and her role on the ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' episode "Bad Girls, Bad Girls, Whatcha Gonna Do?" as Connie's delinquent cousin Tid Pao who tricks Bobby into making a meth lab for her). Liu also holds the honor of being the first Asian-American woman to host ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' (her episode was a season 26 Christmas episode with Music/JayZ as a musical guest).

Liu is bilingual in English and [[ChineseLanguage Mandarin]], and holds a Bachelor's degree in Asian Languages and Cultures from the UsefulNotes/UniversityOfMichigan.
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!!Her filmography includes:
* ''3 Needles'' as Jin Ping, the Blood Smuggler
* ''Series/AllyMcBeal'' as Ling.
* ''BallisticEcksVsSever'' as Agent Sever
* ''Film/CharliesAngels'' (the films) as Alex Munday
* ''Film/{{Chicago}}'' as Kitty Baxter (cameo)
* ''Film/{{Cypher}}'' as Rita Foster
* ''Franchise/DisneyFairies'' films as Silvermist
* ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' as Joan Watson
* ''Film/KillBill'' as O-Ren Ishii
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'', and ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness'' as Viper
* ''Film/TheManWithTheIronFists'' as Madame Blossom
* ''Film/LuckyNumberSlevin'' as Lindsey
* ''Film/MarryMe'' as Rae
* ''Disney/{{Mulan}} II'' as Mei
* ''Film/{{Payback}}'' as Pearl
* ''Film/RiseBloodHunter'' as Sadie Blake
* ''Film/ShanghaiNoon'' as Princess Pei-Pei
* ''Watching The Detectives'' as Violet
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