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Real Name: Bai Ling
Birthday: 10/10/1970 
Birth Place: China
Eyes: Brown
Hair Color: Black / Brown
Height: 5'5"

 

Bai Ling Biography:

Bai Ling means "white spirit" in Chinese, and the actress has become an increasing talent around the world. The flamboyant actress first gained attention as Myca, the drug addicted human flesh eater with a desire for eyeballs, in Alex Proyas' thriller "The Crow" opposite Brandon Lee in 1994, and as the President's Chinese interpreter in Oliver Stone's "Nixon" (1995), with Anthony Hopkins playing President Nixon. The part was ironic as she had arrived in the United States just six years earlier without knowing a word of English.

Raised in an average Chinese family, one aware of the social and political problems, Ling was a musician by age fourteen, enlisted into the army and sent to Tibet to entertain the troops. In 1987, she made her film introduction in "Haitan" and then appeared in various movies developed and produced in China. 

Bai was issued a special visa and allowed to stay in the United States after being expelled from China due to her actions at Tiananmem Square.


International viewers got a look at Bai in Bernardo Bertolucci's "Little Buddha" starring Keanu Reeves (1993), but it was her next role in "Dead Funny" (1995), and her part as an American immigrant in "Somewhere in the City" (1996) that brought her media and tabloid attention. She then made headlines when she was cast in the leading role opposite Richard Gere in the political thriller "Red Corner" (1997).

Ling's television work has included "Nobody's Girls" (1994) a documentary with re-enactments in which the actress portrayed Mary Bong, a fourteen year old Chinese girl who became legendary as a midwife after she moved to Alaska. She made her American television film debut in "Dead Weekend" in 1995.

In 1999 Bai appeared in "Wild Wild West" working with Will Smith and Salma Hayek and "Anna and the King" alongside leading lady Jodie Foster. She's also appeared in "The Beautiful Country" (2004), "My Baby's Daddy" (2004), and "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" (2004), starring Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie.

Ling then took a small role as a galactic senator in "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" with power-house stars including Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen and Samuel L. Jackson (2005), but her scenes were cut during the final editing. Ling claimed it was because of her nude pictures released in the June 2005 issue of Playboy Magazine, where there was quite a spread of naked photos, but director George Lucas denied it. 


Ling then appeared in "Man About Town" (2006), starring Ben Affleck. In the film, a top Hollywood talent agent finds his comfortable life threatened when he discovers that his wife is cheating on him, and that his personal journal has been stolen by a news reporter out to bring him down.

In February 2008, Bai's picture hit every tabloids front page. The Chinese born actress was arrested for shoplifting at Los Angeles International Airport after a shop employee saw her stealing two magazines and a pack of batteries. Los Angeles Airport Police booked her on suspicion of shoplifting $16 worth of merchandise, a misdemeanor, and ordered her to appear in court. 

Next for Bai Ling was the dramatic thriller "Toxic" (2007) and the crime drama "Living & Dying" (2007) with Edward Furlong, about two killers who turn the tables on three robbers when they find themselves in a hostage situation. Then Ling was cast in the lead role in "Shanghai Baby" (2007) where in rain-soaked Berlin Germany, the passionate, life-loving young writer Coco seeks the closing chapter of her book. Bai finished up the year in the sci-fi flick "The Gene Generation" (2007), with Faye Dunaway, about Michelle, an assassin to a new breed of killers called DNA Hackers, who finds she has even bigger problems in her life.

Bai Ling started out 2008 with the comedy "The Hustle" (2008), about a disenchanted pest control sprayer and single dad Freddie Manning who is always trying to hustle just a little more out of everything, and then was cast in "Chain Letter", a horror thriller about how a mad man murders young teens when they refuse to forward chain mail. She then changed gears again in "A Beautiful Life" (2008) and "Razor" (2008) about an old man, nicknamed Razor, who has just returned to the South Bronx after spending fifty years in prison. 

The next year was a busy year for Ling with "Dim Sum Funeral" (2009) a story about a group of separated Chinese-American siblings who reunite after the death of their mother. Then "Love Ranch" (2009) starring Joe Pesci, a drama centered around a married couple who opened the first legal brothel in Nevada. Based on real events. 

Then it was back to the action films with "Crank 2: High Voltage" (2009) about a Chinese mobster who has stolen his nearly indestructible heart and replaced it with a battery-powered ticker that requires regular jolts of electricity to keep working. 

And wrapping up the year is the fantasy film "Shifter" (2009) with Rachel Miner, which is a brand new take on the werewolf myths, following the brutal life of a mob hit man who is much more than human.

2010 proved to be another good year for Bai Ling as she had no less than 10 projects in the works at the same time starting with a supporting role in the sci-fi action drama “The Lazarus Papers” (2010) about a young man with a suitcase full of money who might drop dead at any moment and is searching for love with each dying breath even if he has to pay for it. Another small role followed in the crime thriller “Magic Man” (2010) and then the role of Nok in another crime thriller “The Bad Penny” (2012) where a former American boxer now exiled in Bangkok is forced to confront his violent past after meeting a mysterious fight fan from his hometown.

More thrillers and small supporting roles followed in 2012 with “Toxic” (2010) – the story of  of a nightclub owner, a crime boss, a stripper, a bartender, two hit men, a prostitute and a psychic whose lives take a turn for the worse when they are trapped in an escaped mental patient's sinister path. Next for Ling for a comedy titled “Comedy Makes You Cry” (2010) - a description of how modern people search for their happiness and self-worth in Taipei City.

More comedy followed working alongside Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci in “Love Ranch” (2012) - a drama centered around a married couple who opened the first legal brothel in Nevada. Bai then returned to her familiar role in thrillers with the low budget “The Confidant” (2010) – a tale about childhood best-friends who have an unusually strong bond and a lot of dark secrets.

Two more low budget movies followed that year with “Petty Cash” (2010) and the crime thriller “Locked Down” (2010) where a respected cop is setup after an investigation goes wrong.  Ling saw a lot of screen time during 2012 but unfortunately none of her work rose to the level of red hot Hollywood celebrity.

Bai’s profile was raised up a bit in 2012 when she took the starring role in the horror movie “The Gauntlet” (2012) where Ling finds herself in a sunken castle underneath the earth with six strangers and no food, memory, or water. Another starring role followed in the crime thriller “American Girls” (2012) about the abduction and murder of numerous school girls in a small all-American town.

Bai Ling wrapped her year jumping genres to star in “Corporate Cougars” (2013) - a dark comedy about reverse sexual discrimination involving a powerful, sexy female boss who turns the tables on one of her younger, more handsome subordinates who she becomes intimate with.

 

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