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Lucy Liu has had great critical and commercial success in film, television and on Broadway. Her latest film, “Detachment,” directed by Tony Kaye and costarring Adrien Brody, James Caan and Marcia Gay Harden, was released through Tribeca Film at the end of February 2012. The film received honors at the 2011 Deauville Film Festival, winning the Cartier New Revelation Award and the International Critics’ Prize. Her next film, “The Man with the Iron Fists,” directed by The Rza for Universal Pictures, co-stars Russell Crowe and is slated for a fall 2012 release. “The Trouble with Bliss,” a comedy co-starring Michael C. Hall and Peter Fonda, premiered on the Festival circuit in Spring 2011, taking away honors at the Newport Beach Film Festival. 2011 also saw “Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You,” Roberto Faenza’s adaptation of the novel by Peter Cameron at the Rome Film Festival.
In January 2010, Liu made her directorial debut for the film adaptation of the best-selling novel “Half the Sky” by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Her debut as a producer, the critically acclaimed film “Freedom’s Fury,” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2006. Some of Lucy’s previous film credits include “Charlie’s Angels,” “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,” “Kung Fu Panda” 1 and 2 as the voice of Viper, “Kill Bill” Vol. 1 and 2, “Chicago,” “Code Name: The Cleaner,” “Rise,” “Watching The Detectives,” “Domino,” “Lucky Number Slevin,” “3 Needles,” “Shanghai Noon,” “Payback,” “Play It To The Bone,” “Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever” and “The Year Of Getting To Know Us.”
On television, Lucy was nominated for the NAACP award for Outstanding Actress for her starring role in the romantic comedy “Marry Me.” Liu appeared as “Ling Woo” in the hit Fox series, “Ally McBeal,” a role for which she earned nominations for both Emmy Award and Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Also, she appeared in starring roles on “Cashmere Mafia” and “Dirty Sexy Money” and guest starred on “Sex & The City” and “Ugly Betty.” She lent her voice to the animated hits “The Simpsons,” “Futurama” and “King of The Hill.” Last season, Lucy starred in the critically acclaimed TV series “Southland,” playing Police Officer Jessica Tang.
Liu made her Broadway debut in March 2010 in the Tony Award-winning play “God of Carnage,” starring as ‘Annette’ in a cast that included Jeff Daniels, Dylan Baker and Janet McTeer.
A passionate human rights advocate, Lucy produced and narrated the documentary “Redlight,” which focuses on the plight of women and children sold into sexual slavery. The film premiered at The Woodstock Film Festival in 2009 and aired on Showtime in 2010. Liu has been a UNICEF ambassador since 2004 and has travelled to Lesotho, Pakistan, Cote D’Ivoire, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Cairo, Peru and Egypt.
A native New Yorker, Liu graduated from Stuyvesant High School, attended NYU and later received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan.
Her birthday is Dec. 2.