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Bai Ling in 2007
|Chinese name||白靈 (Traditional)|
|Chinese name||白灵 (Simplified)|
|Pinyin||Bái Líng (Mandarin)|
October 10, 1966 |
Chengdu, Sichuan, China
Bai Ling[a] (Chinese: 白灵, born October 10, 1966) is a Chinese-born American actress known for her work in films such as The Crow, Red Corner and Wild Wild West, and in TV series such as Entourage and Lost. In 2011 she appeared in the fifth season of the VH1 reality television series Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, which documented her recovery from alcohol addiction. She speaks both English and Mandarin fluently.
Bai was born in Chengdu, People's Republic of China in 1966. 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. During the Cultural Revolution (1966–1976), she learned how to perform by participating in Eight model plays, at her elementary school shows. After her graduation from middle school, Bai was sent to do labor work at Shuangliu (双流), a county near Chengdu, where the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is located.
She soon passed the People's Liberation Army's exams, and became an "artist soldier" in Nyingchi Prefecture, Tibet, where she served from age 14 to 17. Her main activity there was entertaining in the musical theater. She also served briefly as an Army nurse. Ling later stated that during her time in Tibet she, along with other female performers, was regularly plied with alcohol and sexually abused by older male Chinese officers, including one instance of rape that led to a pregnancy, which she was forced to terminate with an abortion. She cites this period of sexual abuse for her subsequent struggles with alcohol addiction. Subsequently, Bai spent some time in a mental hospital.
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 struggled 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. She became famous after playing a girl with a psychological disorder who has an affair with her doctor, in the film The Shining Arc (弧光) directed by Zhang Junzhao (张军钊). She attended Moscow International Film Festival in 1989. Since coming to the United States in 1991, she has appeared in a number of American movies.
She appeared in The Crow (1994), playing the half-sister/lover of the main villain, Top Dollar. The Shining Arc was her most celebrated role in the Chinese film industry, and Red Corner (1997) would be considered[by whom?] her break-out role in English film. She was named one of People'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 was longer than 36 inches (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: Revenge of the Sith (2005) as Senator Bana Breemu, but her role was cut during editing. She claimed that this was because she posed nude in 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.
In 2004, Bai starred in independent filmmaker Fruit Chan's Dumplings and the performance earned her the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actress. In the same year she has been critically accaimed for her performance in another independent movie, The Beautiful Country, with Nick Nolte, by Hans Petter Moland.
Later in 2005, Bai was a cast member on the VH1 program called But Can They Sing?. The show gave several non-singer celebrities an opportunity to sing 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 raunchy outfits and her performances of Madonna's "Like a Virgin" and The Ramones' "I Wanna Be Sedated". She was eliminated just before the grand finale but was invited back in the final week for a special performance of Divinyls' "I Touch Myself".
In 2007, she starred as Coco in the film adaptation of the controversial Chinese contemporary novel, Shanghai Baby, which premiered at Cannes Film Festival, and she appeared in one episode ("Stranger in a Strange Land") of the show Lost.
On 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, Bai explained to E! News. She was coping with the "huge problem of breaking up [before] Valentine's Day...wrong boyfriend." She also wrote on her blog after the incident: "Life happens to you whether you like 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 towards you." On March 5, 2008 she pleaded guilty to the charge of disturbing the peace. She was fined $200 (US$700 including the fine and penalties).
In a 2009 interview, Bai claimed 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 stated, 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.
Regarding her public image and troubles over the years, she stated:
I accidentally or innocently destroyed the beautiful Bai Ling that everybody loved, that beautiful, talented actress. Instead, the media brought me out as this crazy slut showing her nipples everywhere. I become this character the pop culture Hollywood machine created. Somehow, I become a victim to that image.
|1984||Hai tan||Lu Xiao Mei (陆小妹)||海滩, lit. "The Beach"|
|1985||Tears in Suzhou||Wang Lingjuan (王怜娟)||泪洒姑苏; pinyin: Lei sa gu su|
|1985||Suspended Sentence||Yang Lei (杨蕾)||缓期执行|
|1986||Yue Yue||Yue Yue (月月)||月月|
|1986||The Bloody Trace||血案疑踪|
|1987||On their Own aka. College Student Stories||Xiao Qian (小钱)||大学生轶事; Da xue sheng yi shi|
|1987||Shan cun feng yue||(桂儿)||山村风月; lit. "Wind and Moon of Mountain Village"|
|1988||Arc Light||Jing Huan (景唤)||弧光; Hu guang|
|1988||Hit Without Gun||无枪枪手|
|1989||The Illegal Gunman||非法持枪者|
|1993||Homicide: Life on the Street||Lin Chang||TV series, 1 episode|
|1995||The Cosby Mysteries||Dr. Valerie Chong||TV series, 1 episode|
|Dead Weekend||Amelia A||TV film|
|1997||Red Corner||Shen Yuelin|
|1998||Touched by an Angel||Jean Chang||TV series, 2 episodes|
|Somewhere in the City||Lu Lu|
|1999||Wild Wild West||Miss East|
|Anna and the King||Tuptim|
|2000||Angel||Jhiera||TV series, 1 episode|
|Row Your Boat||Chun Hua|
|2001||The Monkey King (TV miniseries)||Guanyin||TV film|
|The Breed||Lucy Westenra|
|Point of Origin||Wanda Orr|
|The Extreme Team||RJ|
|Jake 2.0||Mei Ling||TV series, 1 episode|
|2004||My Baby's Daddy||XiXi|
|The Beautiful Country||Ling|
|She Hate Me||Oni|
|Dumplings (餃子; Jiao zi)||Mei||Best Supporting Actress at the 24th HKFA|
|Three... Extremes (三更2; Sam gang yi)||Mei||Segment Dumplings|
|Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow||Mysterious Woman|
|2005||Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith||Senator Bana Breemu||deleted scenes|
|Lords of Dogtown||Punky Photographer|
|Entourage||Li Lei||TV series, 1 episode|
|Edmond||Peep show Girl|
|2006||Man About Town||Barbi Ling|
|Scarface: The World Is Yours||U-Gin Bar Manager||Video game, Voice|
|2007||Living & Dying||Nadia|
|Lost||Achara||TV series, 1 episode ("Stranger in a Strange Land")|
|The Unit||Princess||TV series, 1 episode|
|The Gene Generation||Michelle|
|Dim Sum Funeral||Deedee|
|2009||Crank: High Voltage||Ria|
|A Beautiful Life||Esther|
|The Gauntlet||Kim Lee|
|The Bad Penny||Nok|
|The Lazarus Papers||Kyo|
|The Land of the Astronauts||Erika|
|2010||Chain Letter||Jai Pham|
|2012||Hawaii Five-0||Madame Esmeralda||TV series, 1 episode ("Popilikia / Misfortune")|
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