->''"You respect all of these people that you know in the business as actors. And they sort of turn around and say, we really like your work. It's a nice acknowledgment."''

Lucy Alexis Liu (劉玉玲 Liú Yùlíng) 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). In the 2010s, she completely changed her image and finally broke away from DragonLady and MsFanservice typecasting by playing [[GenderFlip Dr. Joan Watson]] opposite Jonny Lee Miller's Sherlock Holmes in ''Series/{{Elementary}}''.

Liu is bilingual in English and [[UsefulNotes/ChineseLanguage Mandarin]], and holds a Bachelor's degree in Asian Languages and Cultures from the UsefulNotes/UniversityOfMichigan.
!!Her filmography includes:
* ''3 Needles'' as Jin Ping, the Blood Smuggler
* ''Series/AllyMcBeal'' as Ling.
* ''Film/BallisticEcksVsSever'' as Agent Sever
* ''Film/CharliesAngels'' and ''Film/CharliesAngelsFullThrottle'' as Alex Munday
* ''Film/{{Chicago}}'' as Kitty Baxter (cameo)
* ''Film/CityOfIndustry'' as Cathi Rose
* ''Film/{{Cypher}}'' as Rita Foster
* ''Franchise/DisneyFairies'' films as Silvermist
* ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' as Dr. 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/MulanII'' as Mei
* ''Film/{{Payback}}'' as Pearl
* ''Film/RiseBloodHunter'' as Sadie Blake
* ''Film/ShanghaiNoon'' as Princess Pei-Pei
* ''Film/WatchingTheDetectives'' as Violet
!! Her tropes include:
* TheCameo: She has one in ''{{Film/Chicago}}'' as Kitty Baxter, an heiress who murders her husband and his lover (nearly stealing Roxie's thunder in the process).
* Main/DragonLady: A modern day example; especially with her notable roles in ''Series/AllyMcBeal'', ''Film/CharliesAngels'' and ''Film/KillBill''.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Vivian in ''Film/CharliesAngels'' was written to be Chinese. When Lucy was cast as Alex, they changed Vivian to a white girl.