Who is Lucy Liu? What is net worth of Lucy Liu? Lucy Liu is one of the finest American actress, voice actress, director, producer, singer, and a amazing artist. Many of the Asian artist have tried their luck in the American film industry, but very few are as successful as Lucy Liu. She is one of the most prominent Chinese-American actresses of the 21st century. She has done outstanding work in movies like ‘Ally McBeal’, ‘Charlie’s Angels’ and ‘Elementary’. The actress captured audience’s hearts with her performance in “Ally McBeal”, as a result, she was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category by 1999. She was ranked #56 in the top 100 list of Maxim Hot Women. This versatile actress is also known for her artistic work.
Lucy Liu Biography and Family
Lucy Liu was born on 2 December, 1968 in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York. During her high school, she took up a middle name, Alexis. Lucy Liu mother Cecilia, who is biochemist and her father Tom Liu, has been a trained civil engineer. Liu’s parents initially came from Beijing and Shanghai. She has two siblings, an older brother John and an older sister Jenny. Liu went to Joseph Pulitzer Middle School.
Being brought up in a society, which has diversity, helped her to familiarise with different culture. She learned Mandarin from her parents and began studying English when she was 5. She learnt the martial art Kali-eskrima-silat (knife-and-stick fighting) as a pastime. She also practices rock climbing, skiing, horseback riding. During her college year, she worked as a waitress at Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase club circa.
At the age of 21, Liu began her acting career when an agent spotted her in a subway. She got her first break in a commercial. Liu was the member of the Basement Arts a student-run theatre group. In 1989, this group organised a play called “Alice in Wonderland” in which Liu also gave audition for a minor role.
She was astonished, when she got the lead role. She marked her debut for New York stage in Fairy Bones, under the direction of Tina Chen in 1992. She has done countless supporting roles in Films and TV. In 1993, she appeared in TV series LA Law; she starred in The X-Files in “Hell Money” and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys .After that, she was offered a variety of roles in different movies.
Lucy Liu never got married. At the age of 48, she is enjoying her life as a single mother of a baby boy named Rockwell Lloyd Liu, who was born through a gestational surrogate on August, 2015.
Lucy Liu Net Worth
Lucy Liu’s net worth is estimated to be $18 millions US dollars as of 2017. Liu’s major source of income is her acting roles. In addition, Liu has won many awards for her incredible performances, which also add to her Net Worth. Apart from being a fantastic actor, her resume also boasts of traits like film producer, an artist, a voice actor and a narrator. Lucy Liu also has been an active participant in numerous charity events. According to “IMBD” Lucy Liu earned about $ 130,000 per episode of Elementary.
Lucy Liu attended the Manhattan’s famous Stuyvesant High School in 1986. She also went to New York University for one year, but there she faced “dark and sarcastic” tone of New York University so, she transferred to the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor with a degree in Chinese Language and Culture.
She had also done some additional training in dance, voice, fine arts, and acting. She is a multilingual person. She has good command on many languages like, Mandarin Chinese, English, Italian, Spanish, and little Japanese. Liu has also learned various religions, such as Buddhism, Taoism, and Jewish mysticism.
Liu was 16 years old, when she started doing mixed media art and later, she developed an interest in photography and painting. She also enrolled at New York Studio School for drawing, painting and sculpture from 2004-06. Liu also portrayed her art work through numerous exhibitions held on 2006 and 2008 in New York and Munich respectively. Her painting “Escape” was blend into Montblanc’s Cutting Edge Art Collection and was praised by many artists.
Lucy Liu has done many supporting roles in Movies and TV series. She is best known for her role Ling Woo, in the TV series Ally McBeal. Her great performance in action oriented roles earned her Emmy and Screen Actors Guild awards nominations. In 1999, she accept challenging role of Pearl, a high-class BDSM prostitute in Payback.
Liu was cast as Alex Munday in Charlie’s Angels in 2000, the movie earned more than $264 million. She also had lent her voice in Video Game named “SSX Tricky”, “Charlie’s Angels”, , “Sleeping Dogs”. Her impressive list of movies includes Kill Bill volume-1, Shanghai Noon, Payback, Rise: Blood Hunter, Jerry Maguire, Chicago, and many more. She also featured in reputed TV serials like Cashmere Mafia, Southland, Pearl, Marry Me, and many more.
Lucy Liu’s trophy cabinet is pretty impressive. She earned many awards and nominations for her stellar performances. She earned Star Screen Guilt Award for outstanding performance ensemble in a comedy series in Ally McBeal (1998), Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favourite supporting actress in Shanghai Noon (2000), MTV Movie awards for Charlie’s Angels (2001), Screen Actor Guilt Award for Chicago (2003), MTV Movies Awards for Kill Bill (2004), and she has won many awards in different category for TV series like Elementary and Southland.
Lucy Liu is someone who is always in headline for her charity work. She is actively involved as a spokesperson to a number of eminent causes. From her earlier scare of breast cancer, she decided to become the spokeswoman and fundraiser for Lee National Denim Day, which raises money and spread awareness. In 2004, she was chosen as a brand ambassador of US Fund for UNICEF.
She is also indulged in Nobel course of providing better medicine care for infants and children of Africa. In September 2006, Liu held an art show and donated her share of the profits to UNICEF.
At present, Lucy Liu is considered as the face of Asia in the American film industry. This fame comes in handy for her roles as ambassador and spokesperson for various projects. She is a passionate Human rights advocate. Liu had also hosted many documentaries that cover some controversial social issues. She is a great actress as well as, a great human being also.