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Bai Ling

Birthdate: 1970/10/10
born in: Szechwan, China


Biography

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Born in the Szechwan province of China in 1970, Bai Ling began her show business career when she was in grade school with the school choir. When Bai Ling was 14, she enlisted in the Chinese People's Liberation Army where she spent three years in a performance troop entertaining soldiers stationed in Tibet. After her service, Bai Ling became a performer in a local theater in Beijing where she eventually became involved in the pro-Democracy protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989.
As a result of her involvement, Bai Ling emigrated to the USA in 1991 where she soon found work in the Hollywood acting industry with her first English-language role as a villain in The Crow (1994). From then on, Ling found steady work in playing various character roles from the villainous Miss East in Wild Wild West (1999) to a Chinese interpreter in Oliver Stone's Nixon (1995) to a part in Anna and the King (1999), in which she was forced to cut her long hair short for the role.

Her appearance in the controversial Red Corner (1997) in playing a pragmatic Chinese People's lawyer jeopardizes her returns to her homeland every year since the film's release.



Awards

Golden Apple Awards, 1997
Won, Golden Apple, Female Discovery of the Year

Golden Horse Film Festival, 2004
Won, Golden Horse Award, Best Supporting Actress
for: Saam gaang yi (2004)

Hong Kong Film Awards, 2005

Won, Hong Kong Film Award, Best Supporting Actress
for: Saam gaang yi (2004)

National Board of Review, USA, 1997

Won, NBR Award, Breakthrough Performance - Female
For Red Corner (1997)



Filmography
- The Gene Generation (2007) .... Michelle
- Shanghai Baby (2007) .... Coco
- "The Unit" .... Princess (1 episode, 2007)
- "Lost" .... Achara (1 episode, 2007)
- Living & Dying (2007) (as Bai Ling) .... Nadia
- Toxic (2007) .... Lena
- Southland Tales (2006) (as Bai Ling) .... Serpentine
- Man About Town (2006) (as Bai Ling) .... Barbi Ling
- Edmond (2005) .... Peep Show Girl
- Nomad (2005/II) (voice: English version) .... Gaukhar
- "Entourage" .... Li Lei (1 episode, 2005)
- Lords of Dogtown (2005) (as Bai Ling) .... Punky Photographer
- Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) (uncredited) .... Senator Bana Breemu
- Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) (as Bai Ling) .... Mysterious Woman
- Saam gaang yi (2004) .... Mei (segment "Dumplings")
- Gaau ji (2004) .... Mei, the cook
- She Hate Me (2004) (as Bai Ling) .... Oni
- The Beautiful Country (2004) .... Ling
- My Baby's Daddy (2004) (as Bai Ling) .... XiXi
- "Jake 2.0" .... Mei Ling (1 episode, 2003)
- Paris (2003) (as Bai Ling) .... Linda/Shen Li
- The Extreme Team (2003) .... RJ
- Taxi 3 (2003) (as Bai Ling) .... Qiu
- Point of Origin (2002) (TV) .... Wanda Orr
- Storm Watch (2002) (as Bai Ling) .... Skylar
- Face (2002) .... Kim
- The Breed (2001) .... Lucy Westenra
- Siu lam juk kau (2001) (voice) .... Mui
- The Lost Empire (2001) (TV) .... Kwan Ying
- Row Your Boat (2000) .... Chun Hua
- "Angel" .... Jhiera (1 episode, 2000)


by Franz Harland


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