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Lucy Alexis Liu (born December 2, 1968) is an Emmy Award nominated American actress of Chinese ancestry, best known for starring in the television series Ally McBeal and the 2000 film Charlie's Angels. Her Chinese name is Liú Yùlíng.
Liu began acting in 1989 after auditioning for a role in University of Michigan's production of "Alice in Wonderland" during her senior year. Liu won the lead role although she tried out for a supporting role.
Liu had small roles in films and TV roles (for example in X-Files) before landing a break on Ally McBeal. Liu's role on the series was originally not meant to be regular but the enthusiastic audience response to the actress' 'feisty' Ling Woo secured Lucy as a permanent cast member.
She became famous with her turn as Alex in the Charlie's Angels movie, starring with established Hollywood stars Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz. The sequel to the film opened to poor reviews and box office. Lucy was also paid sixteen million dollars less for her work in Charlie's Angels than co-star Cameron Diaz.
Liu starred with Antonio Banderas in Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever, a critical and box-office failure. Lucy is perhaps most famous for her role as O-Ren Ishii (assassin Cottonmouth) in director Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill films. The first installment of the Kill Bill films, Volume 1, showed Lucy a better actress than had been evident from her previous roles. She won an MTV Movie Award, further solidifying her fame with young, hip audiences, for "Best Movie Villain".