Edit
Bai Ling Poster

Biography

Jump to: Overview (2) | Mini Bio (1) | Trivia (13) | Personal Quotes (1)

Overview (2)

Born in Chengdu, China
Height 5' 3" (1.6 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born in the city of Cheng Du in southern China, Bai Ling began her career at age of 14. She enlisted In the Chinese People's Liberation Army, where she spent three years in a performance troupe entertaining soldiers stationed in Tibet. She first gained the attention of audiences and critics alike when she won the coveted lead role opposite Richard Gere in Jon Avnet's Red Corner (1997). She received numerous accolades including the prestigious Breakthrough Performance Award from the National Board of Review. She also garnered the Discovery Star awarded by the Hollywood Women's Press Club for their Golden Apple Awards. While developing her remarkable facility with the English language, she has worked with such prestigious filmmakers as Oliver Stone in Nixon (1995), George Lucas in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005), Barry Sonnenfeld in Wild Wild West (1999), Spike Lee in She Hate Me (2004), Andy Tennant in Anna and the King (1999), Ang Lee in The Wedding Banquet (1993), Alex Proyas in The Crow (1994) and Luc Besson' in )Taxi 3 (2003)_, in which she spoke French. She also starred in Terrence Malick's Broadway production of "Sansho the Bailiff". She dazzled audiences with her portrayal of the sexy, mysterious Achara in the hit TV series Lost (2004), and intrigued viewers with her seductive yet exhilarating role in HBO's Entourage (2004).

Bai Ling was awarded the Asian Oscar for her brilliant performance in her first Hong Kong film Saam gaang yi (2004). It also earned her an additional tre major awards in the Far East. She received the Spirit Diversity Award by The Hollywood Motion Picture Association. Her film Southland Tales (2006), directed by Richard Kelly was in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

Bai starred in and executive-produced Shanghai Baby (2007). She has worked with Taylor Hackford in Love Ranch (2010), co-starring with Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci, and had a leading role in the Jason Statham action comedy Crank: High Voltage (2009) with costar with Jason Statham.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Thomas L. (qv's & corrections by A. Nonymous)

Trivia (13)

One of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World 1998".
Bai Ling served three years in the People Liberation's Army in China entertaining troops in Tibet. She had a bout of depression which sent her to a mental hospital. She then became a Chinese movie star. All of this occurred before she was 18.
Had a four-line appearance in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005). Unfortunately her appearance (along with a small cameo of George Lucas' daughter) got cut out. Lucas explained, "It wasn't like it was a major thing to begin with and I just cut that whole secondary story out of the movie quite a while ago".
Lives in Southern California.
Name means "white spirit" in English.
Member of the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) in 2005. Memorable for her light dresses that didn't always cover her essentials all the time. German tabloids nicknamed her "die Berlinackte" ("the Berlinaked").
Claimed that her role on Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) was cut during editing because of her posing for the June 2005 issue of US "Playboy" magazine. She was the first woman from the People's Republic of China on its cover. George Lucas strongly denied that this was the reason she was cut.
She took classes at The Lee Strasberg Institute (1991) and New York University. (1991)
Cut off most of her waist-length hair for her role in Anna and the King (1999).
Was the July 2007 entry in Stuff magazine's 2006-2007 pin up calendar.
She turned in one of her most acclaimed performances in her first Hong Kong movie Saam gaang yi (2004) ("Three Extremes: Dumplings"). Her character is a creepy 60-year-old ageless beauty, and she helps women by performing illegal abortions, but also uses the unwanted fetuses to be made into dumplings, which is her secret for ageless beauty.
Arrested for shoplifting at Los Angeles International Airport on February 13, 2008.
Perhaps her first public appearance in the U.S. was on Jan. 16, 1994, when she accepted the Best Supporting Actress Award on behalf of the winner, her countrywoman Li Gong, who could not attend, at the annual New York Film Critics Circle ceremony held at the Pegasus Room (Rockefeller Center).

Personal Quotes (1)

[on her role in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)] A lot of my friends asked, "What's it like working with Jude Law? He's so handsome!" I said, "Well, I'm lucky; I got to kick his butt".

See also

Other Works | Publicity Listings | Official Sites | Contact Info

Contribute to This Page