Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Lucy Liu

Lucy Alexis Liu was born on December 2nd, 1968.  Lucy was born in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York.
Her parents came to America from Taiwan.  Her father, Tom, was a civil engineer and her mother, Cecilia was a Biochemist in Taiwan.  They had to sacrifice those careers in Taiwan to come to the United States.
Her family spoke Mandarin at home and she did not learn English until she was five years old.
She attended the Joseph Pulitzer Middle School and she graduated from New York City's Stuyvesant High School in 1986.  She also attended New York University for one year, before transferring to the University of Michigan, where she joined the Chi Omega sorority and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Asian Languages and Cultures.  At one point, she actually worked as a waitress in Michigan.
In a Jane interview, she is quoted as saying,
"I think people sometimes get the wrong impression when they're like, 'Oh, well, so-and-so was straight and then she was gay, and now she's straight again,' you know? But it's like, how many times do I have to kiss a woman before I'm gay? Everybody wants to label people. Sometimes you just fall in love with somebody, and you're really not thinking about what gender or whatever they happen to be. I think that if I happen to fall in love with a woman, everyone's going to make a big deal out of it. But if I happen to fall in love with a man, nobody cares." Lucy rock climbs, practices martial arts,skis and plays the accordion.
She is also an artist in several media, and has had three gallery shows showcasing her collage, paintings, and photography.  Lucy is a spokesperson in support for marriage equality for gays and lesbians.
She has said about her background, "when you grow up Asian American it’s difficult because you don’t know if you’re Asian or you’re American. You get confused... You need to recognize where your background is from. I think it’s important. Just for yourself. It makes you more whole. It does."
I like Lucy in Payback,Shanghai Noon,Lucky Number Slevin and the voice of Master Viper in Kung Fu Panda.

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