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Bai Ling

Chinese name:
Chinese name :

白靈 (Traditional)
白灵 (Simplified)
Bái Líng (Mandarin)

Birth name:

Bai Ling




Chengdu, China



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Sexual orientation:






Executive summary:

Anna and the King


5' 3" (1.60 m)


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Bai Ling - Biography


Bai Ling (simplified Chinese: 白灵; traditional Chinese: 白靈; pinyin: Bái Líng; born October 10, 1966) is a Chinese-born American actress.
Bai was born in Chengdu, People's Republic of China; "Bai", her family name, literally means "white". Ling, a common Chinese given name, means clever. Her father, Bai Yuxiang (白玉祥), was a musician in the People's Liberation Army, and later a music teacher. Her mother, Chen Binbin (陈彬彬), was a dancer, stage actress, and a literature teacher in Sichuan University; Bai's maternal grandfather was a military officer of the Kuomintang army, and thus was persecuted during the Cultural Revolution. In the early 1980s, Bai Ling's parents divorced, and later remarried. Her mother remarried to the writer Xu Chi (徐迟), renowned for his report titled Goldbach's Conjecture, about Chinese mathematician Chen Jingrun. Bai Ling has one older sister Bai Jie (白洁), who works for the Chinese tax bureau, and a younger brother Bai Chen (白陈), who emigrated to Japan and works for an American company.

Bai has described herself as a very shy child who found that she best expressed herself through acting and performing. She has said that acting allows one to ignore how society tells one to behave and allows other parts within oneself to be expressed. During the Cultural Revolution (1966–1976), she learned how to perform by participating in Eight model plays her elementary school shows. After her graduation from middle school, she was sent to do labor work at Shuangliu (双流), a suburb county of Chengdu, where the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is located.

Before long, she managed to pass the People's Liberation Army's exams, and became an "artist soldier" at Linzhi, Tibet. Her main activity there was entertaining in the musical theater. She also served shortly as an Army nurse. Three years later, she was discharged from the army.
Subsequently, Bai spent some time in a mental hospital. Though she insisted then and now, "I'm not crazy," she maintains to this day that she is from the moon, where her grandmother lives, "I'm not really in reality. I'm in my own universe and my mind is a million miles somewhere else," she claims, further explaining, "Why I feel like I come from the moon is because my mother told me I was found somewhere." She believes that when she looks up at the moon, she can often spot her grandmother there, still living in her childhood home.
Soon after her release from the hospital, Bai joined People's Art Theater of Chengdu, and became a professional actress. Her performance as a young man in the stage play Yueqin and Little Tiger drew the attention of movie director Teng Wenji (滕文骥), which gained her her first movie role in On The Beach (1985), as a village girl who becomes a factory worker and struggles against her father's will for her to marry her cousin.
In later years, she appeared in several movies. She temporarily moved to New York in 1991 to attend New York University's film department as a visiting scholar, but later obtained a special visa that allowed her to remain in the United States until she became a citizen in 1999

Bai had previously appeared in several Chinese movies. In 1984, Bai appeared as a fishing village girl in the movie On the Beach (海滩). Later she filmed several other movies, including Suspended Sentence (缓期执行), Yueyue (月月), Tears in Suzhou (泪洒姑苏) without much attention. Her role as a girl with psychological disorder who had an affair with her doctor gained her fame, in the movie Arc Light (弧光) directed by director Zhang Junzhao (张军钊). She attended Moscow International Film Festival in 1989 due to this role. Since coming to the United States in 1991, she has appeared in a number of American movies.
She began in The Crow (1994), playing the half-sister/lover of the main villain, Top Dollar. Hu guang was her most celebrated role in the Chinese film industry, and Red Corner (1997) would be considered her break-out role in English film. She was named one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" in 1998. She appeared in Chris Isaak's music video "Please" in 1998. She shaved off her hair, which had exceeded a length of 36 in (90 cm) for her role in Anna and the King, and is widely known in Thailand as "Tuptim", her character's name from the film, even though the movie is officially banned because of its depiction of the King of Siam. She filmed scenes for Star Wars: Episode III (2005) as Senator Bana Breemu, but her role was cut during editing. She claimed that this was because of her posing nude for the June 2005 issue of Playboy magazine, whose appearance on newsstands coincided with the movie's May 2005 release, but director George Lucas denied this, stating that the cut had been made more than a year earlier. Her scenes were included in the "deleted scenes" feature of the DVD release.
Later in 2005 Bai was a castmate of the VH1 program called But Can They Sing?. The show gave several non-singer celebrities an attempt at singing on every episode and then allowed the audience and home viewers to vote off one contestant each week. Bai Ling was most famous for her risqué and raunchy get-ups and her performances of Madonna's "Like a Virgin" and The Ramones' "I Wanna Be Sedated". Bai was eliminated just before the grand finale but was invited back on the final week for a special performance of Divinyls' "I Touch Myself".
She has appeared in the show Lost as part of Jack's flashbacks. Her character, Achara, has predictive powers, and is the artist of Jack's tattoo reading "He walks amongst us, but he is not one of us." Achara attests to predicting Jack's leadership role on the island.
Bai made a guest appearance on a episode of Entourage, Episode 6 - China Town of season 2. She played a role of a stunt co-ordinator named Li Lei, which the character Vincent Chase manages to have sex with.

On Thursday, February 14, 2008 Bai Ling was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport for shoplifting two magazines and a package of batteries. It was an "emotionally crazy" day, Ling explained to E! News. She was coping with the "huge problem of breaking up Valentine's Day...wrong boyfriend." She also wrote on her blog after the incident: "Life happens to you either you liked it or not, sometimes I feel you have to be so brave to stand in front of the World, and just hope that people will have a tender heart toward you." On March 5, 2008 she pled guilty to the charge of disturbing the peace. She was then fined US$200 (US$700 when totaling the fine and penalties) for the action at the airport.


Bai Ling - Personal Quotes


[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.'"


Bai Ling - Filmography


Cross (2010) .... Sunshine
Circle of Pain (2010) (V) .... Victoria Rualan
The Lazarus Papers (2010) .... Kyo
The Gauntlet (2010) .... Kim Lee
The Bad Penny (2009) .... Nok
The Confidant (2010) .... Black
Love Ranch (2010)
Chain Letter (2010) .... Jai Pham
Magic Man (2009) .... Samantha
Crank: High Voltage (2009) .... Ria
... aka Crank 2 (USA: alternative title)
... aka Crank: High Voltage - Fully Charged (Australia: DVD title)
... aka High Voltage (Singapore: English title)
Dim Sum Funeral (2008) .... Deedee
A Beautiful Life (2008) .... Esther
Toxic (2008) .... Lena
The Hustle (2008) .... Han
The Gene Generation (2007) .... Michelle
Shanghai Baby (2007) .... Coco
"The Unit" .... Princess (1 episode, 2007)
- Freefall (2007) TV episode .... Princess
"Lost" .... Achara (1 episode, 2007)
... aka Lost: The Final Season (USA: sixth season title)
- Stranger in a Strange Land (2007) TV episode .... Achara
Living & Dying (2007) .... Nadia
Scarface: The World Is Yours (2006) (VG) (voice) .... U-Gin Bar Manager
Southland Tales (2006) .... Serpentine
... aka Southland Tales (Germany: DVD title)
Best of Chris Isaak (2006) (V) (uncredited) .... (segment "Please")
Man About Town (2006) (as Bai Ling) .... Barbi Ling
Edmond (2005) .... Peep Show Girl
Nomad (2005/II) (voice: English version) .... Gaukhar
... aka Nomad (USA: informal English title)
... aka Nomad: The Warrior (USA: long title)
"Entourage" .... Li Lei (1 episode, 2005)
- Chinatown (2005) TV episode .... Li Lei
Lords of Dogtown (2005) .... Punky Photographer
... aka American Knights (Philippines: English title)
... aka Dogtown Boys (Germany)
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) (uncredited) .... Senator Bana Breemu
... aka Revenge of the Sith (USA: short title)
... aka Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith (USA: DVD box title)
... aka Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (USA: promotional title)
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) .... Mysterious Woman
Sam gang yi (2004) .... Mei (segment "Dumplings")
... aka Three, Monster (South Korea)
... aka Three... Extremes (International: English title)
Gaau ji (2004) .... Mei, the cook
... aka Dumplings (Hong Kong: English title)
She Hate Me (2004) .... Oni
The Beautiful Country (2004) .... Ling
My Baby's Daddy (2004) (as Bai Ling) .... XiXi
"Jake 2.0" .... Mei Ling (1 episode, 2003)
- Cater Waiter (2003) TV episode .... Mei Ling
Paris (2003) .... Linda/Shen Li
The Extreme Team (2003) .... RJ
... aka The X-Team (USA: TV title)
Taxi 3 (2003) (as Bai Ling) .... Qiu
Point of Origin (2002) (TV) .... Wanda Orr
... aka In the Heat of Fire (Europe: English title: DVD title)
Storm Watch (2002) .... Skylar
... aka Code Hunter (UK) (USA: video title)
... aka Virtual Storm (UK: DVD title) (USA: alternative title)
Face (2002) .... Kim
The Breed (2001) .... Lucy Westenra
Siu lam juk kau (2001) (voice) .... Mui
... aka Shaolin Soccer (International: English title) (UK) (USA)
... aka Shao lin zu qiu (Hong Kong: Mandarin title)
The Lost Empire (2001) (TV) .... Kwan Ying
... aka The Monkey King (UK) (USA: working title)
... aka Monkey King - Ein Krieger zwischen den Welten (Germany)
... aka The Lost Empire: The Legend of the Monkey King (International: English title)
Row Your Boat (2000) .... Chun Hua
"Angel" .... Jhiera (1 episode, 2000)
... aka Angel: The Series (USA: long title)
- She (2000) TV episode (as Bai Ling) .... Jhiera
Anna and the King (1999) .... Tuptim
Wild Wild West (1999) .... Miss East
Somewhere in the City (1998) .... Lu Lu
"Touched by an Angel" .... Jean Chang (2 episodes, 1998)
- The Spirit of Liberty Moon: Part 1 (1998) TV episode .... Jean Chang
- The Spirit of Liberty Moon: Part 2 (1998) TV episode .... Jean Chang
Red Corner (1997) .... Shen Yuelin
Nixon (1995) .... Chinese Interpreter
Dead Weekend (1995) (TV) .... Amelia A
"The Cosby Mysteries" .... Dr. Valerie Chong (1 episode, 1995)
- The Hit Parade (1995) TV episode .... Dr. Valerie Chong
Dead Funny (1994) .... Norriko
The Crow (1994) (as Bai Ling) .... Myca
"Homicide: Life on the Street" .... Teri Chow (1 episode, 1993)
... aka Homicide (USA: informal short title)
- And the Rockets' Dead Glare (1993) TV episode .... Teri Chow
Pen Pals (1992) .... Sharice
Hu guang (1988) .... Jing Huan
... aka Arc Light (USA)
Shan cun feng yue (1987)
Yue Yue (1986) .... Yue Yue
Lei sa Gu Su (1985) .... Wang Lingjuan
... aka Tears in Suzhou (International: English title)
... aka Weeping at Suzhou (International: English title)
Hai tan (1984) .... Lu Xiao Mei


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