Lucy Liu is an American actress, voice actress, director and artist who is known for playing the role of the vicious and ill-mannered Ling Woo in the television series Ally McBeal and Joan Watson in the crime-drama series Elementary. She has received two Screen Actors Guild Awards and has won the Seoul International Drama Award for Best Actress. She has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and has received nominations for three People’s Choice Awards and two Saturn Awards.

Birth Name

Lucy Alexis Liu Yu Ling

Nickname

Lucy Liu

Profession

Actress, Voice Actress, Director, Artist

Genre

Musicals

Instruments

Vocals

Labels

Unsigned

Nationality

American

Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Lucy Liu was born on December 02, 1968, in Queens, New York City, New York, United States.

Age

She’s currently 50 years old.

Sun Sign

Sagittarius

Ethnicity

Asian

Religion

Buddhism

Education

Liu attended Joseph Pulitzer Middle School and graduated from Stuyvesant High School. She later enrolled at New York University and transferred to the  University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she was a member of the Chi Omega sorority. Liu earned a bachelor’s degree in Asian languages and cultures.

Family Details

  • Father – Tom Liu (Trained civil engineer and digital clock pen salesman)
  • Mother – Cecile Liu (Biochemist)
  • Siblings – Alex Liu (Older Brother), Jenny Liu (Older Sister)

Marital Status

Single

Boyfriend / Spouse

Lucy Liu has dated –

  • George Clooney (2000 and 2006) – Lucy was first reported to be dating British actor George Clooney in 2000. They went out for a couple of months back then. In December 2006, they were reported to have started dating once again after they were spotted making outside a restaurant in New York City.
  • Zach Helm (2002-2004) – Lucy hooked up with screenwriter Zach Helm in 2002. After dating for nearly two years, they got engaged in 2004. However, their relationship didn’t last long after engagement as she broke their engagement. She believed that love should strike you like lightning and it wasn’t the case for them.
  • Wladimir Klitschko (2008) – Lucy reportedly had a short-lived fling with Ukrainian heavyweight boxing champion Klitschko in 2008.
  • Noam Gottesman (2010-2014)– Lucy started dating Noam Gottesman in 2010. Noam is an Israeli-American hedge-fund billionaire and is an avid art collector. And, it has been reported that their love for art brought them together. Like Lucy, Noam also loves privacy and no one knew about their relationship till they were spotted holding hands in New York City in August 2014.

Note – Liu is a single parent by choice. She has a biological son, Rockwell, who was born in 2015 via gestational surrogate.

Physical Statistics

Height

  • In feet – 5 feet 3 inches
  • In centimeters – 160 cm
  • In meters – 1.60 m

Weight

  • In Kilograms – 52 kg
  • In Pounds – 115 lbs

Body Measurements

  • Measurements – 34-23-34
  • Bust – 34 inches
  • Waist – 23 inches
  • Hip – 34 inches
  • Bra Size – 32A

Body Build

Slim

Eye Color

Black

Hair Color

Black

Shoe Size

She wears a size 6.5 (US) shoe.

Dress Size

Her dress size is 3 (US).

Sexuality

Straight

Professional Statistics

Famous For

Being cast as one of the leading actresses in action movie series, Charlie’s Angels (2000, 2003).

Film Debut

In 1992, Lucy made her film debut in Cantonese crime drama flick, Rhythm of Destiny as Donna.

Television Debut

In 1991, Lucy made her first TV show appearance in Pass, Not Pass episode of drama TV series, Beverly Hills, 90210.

Brand Endorsements

Lucy Liu has appeared in the TV commercials for Revlon and print ads for Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipstick and Revlon’s Hair Treatment products, Intel, SBC Internet service, OnStar & Suntory Diet Beer. She has been featured in print ads for the popular Lee Jeans. In 2004 Liu was appointed an ambassador for U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

Awards & Nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated WorkResult
1997Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesAlly McBealNominated
1998Won
1999Nominated
NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy SeriesNominated
2000Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesNominated
Blockbuster Entertainment AwardFavorite Supporting Actress – ActionShanghai NoonWon
2001Favorite TeamCharlie’s AngelsWon
MTV Movie AwardBest On-Screen DuoWon
Best DressedNominated
Saturn AwardBest Supporting ActressNominated
2003Broadcast Film Critics Association AwardBest CastChicagoWon
Phoenix Film Critics Society AwardBest CastNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureWon
Teen Choice AwardChoice Hissy FitNominated
MTV Movie AwardBest Dance SequenceCharlie’s Angels: Full ThrottleNominated
2004Best VillainKill Bill: Volume 1Won
Saturn AwardBest Supporting ActressNominated
2011NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic SpecialMarry MeNominated
2012New York Women in Film & Television Muse AwardBest ActressElementaryWon
2013Prism AwardsFemale Performance in a Drama Series Multi-EpisodeNominated
Seoul International Drama AwardsBest ActressWon
Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actress: ActionWon
Critics’ Choice Television AwardBest Guest Performer in a Drama SeriesSouthlandWon
NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
2015People’s Choice AwardsFavorite TV Crime Drama ActressElementaryNominated
2016Nominated
2017Nominated

Lucy Liu Favorites

  • Favorite TV Show – Friends (1994-2004)
  • Favorite City – New York City
  • Favorite Hair Products – Dr. Bronner’s All in One Soap, Davines Shampoo, Prawduct Shampoo
  • Favorite Beauty Indulgences – Acupuncture

Lucy Liu Net worth

Lucy Liu has a estimated net worth of $16 million dollars as of 2019.

Social Media Profiles

Some Lesser Known Facts About Lucy Liu

  • She is fluent in Mandarin, which is her first language and English, which she started speaking at the age of 5.
  • She is far less fluent in Italian, Spanish, French and Japanese.
  • In 2000, she created her own small piece of history by becoming first Asian American female host of the TV series, Saturday Night Live.
  • In 2005, the FHM magazine placed her on the 56th position in the list of 100 Sexiest Women in the World.
  • In 2006, she was placed on 79th rank in the same list.
  • In 2016, the Harvard University declared her Artist of the Year. She was also honored with Harvard Foundation’s prestigious arts medal.
  • In September 2006, she donated proceeds from her art show to UNICEF. She hosted another show in Munich in 2008 for a similar purpose.
  • Liu was made an ambassador for U.S. Fund for UNICEF in 2004. In her new role, she traveled to several countries such as Pakistan and Lesotho.
  • In 2007, The Empire magazine ranked her at 96th spot in the 100 Sexiest Movie Stars list.
  • In 2011, she was appointed as a spokeswoman for the Human Rights Campaign. She has also worked to spread awareness about malnutrition and iron deficiency among children in developing countries.
  • In November 2011, she published her art book, Seventy-Two, which featured 72 of her ink and acrylic paintings. A part of proceeds from book sales was donated to UNICEF.
  • Visit her official website @ lucyliu.net.
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