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Also Known As: Died:
Born: October 10, 1966 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chengdu, Sichuan, CN Profession: actor

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Actress Bai Ling was a true original. Whether on the red carpet in one of her ubiquitous bizarre outfits or during interviews where she often declared herself one of Hollywood's best actresses, Ling always managed to stir up controversy. A well-known actress in China, she became an international star with a breakout role in the controversial drama "Red Corner" (1997), playing a pragmatic Chinese lawyer who must defend Richard Gere. She went on to appear in big-budget productions like Oliver Stone's historical piece "Nixon" (1995) and "Anna and the King" (1999) starring Jodie Foster. But the actress struggled to find good roles in the 2000s, and was relegated to small film and TV parts that called for a feisty yet enigmatic Asian woman. With only a shadow of an acting career left, the free-spirited Ling decided to make headlines on her terms by way of flaunting her figure in ridiculously gaudy and risqué outfits, and by becoming a mainstay on the Hollywood party scene. She was the definition of train wreck in sequins and fur when she competed on VH1's reality competition "But Can They Sing?" (2005) and made headlines again three years later when she was caught shoplifting and charged with petty theft....

Actress Bai Ling was a true original. Whether on the red carpet in one of her ubiquitous bizarre outfits or during interviews where she often declared herself one of Hollywood's best actresses, Ling always managed to stir up controversy. A well-known actress in China, she became an international star with a breakout role in the controversial drama "Red Corner" (1997), playing a pragmatic Chinese lawyer who must defend Richard Gere. She went on to appear in big-budget productions like Oliver Stone's historical piece "Nixon" (1995) and "Anna and the King" (1999) starring Jodie Foster. But the actress struggled to find good roles in the 2000s, and was relegated to small film and TV parts that called for a feisty yet enigmatic Asian woman. With only a shadow of an acting career left, the free-spirited Ling decided to make headlines on her terms by way of flaunting her figure in ridiculously gaudy and risqué outfits, and by becoming a mainstay on the Hollywood party scene. She was the definition of train wreck in sequins and fur when she competed on VH1's reality competition "But Can They Sing?" (2005) and made headlines again three years later when she was caught shoplifting and charged with petty theft. In spite of her zany antics, she continued to score roles in a variety of still less-than-stellar projects, including the high-octane "Crank: High Voltage" (2009), and managed to extend her 15 minutes of fame into a long, albeit unpredictable show business career.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Blood Shed (2014)
2.
 Love Ranch (2010)
3.
4.
5.
 After Sex (2008)
6.
 Dim Sum Funeral (2008)
7.
 Living & Dying (2007)
8.
 Man About Town (2006)
9.
 Southland Tales (2006)
10.
 Shanghai Baby (2006)
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Milestones close milestones

1986:
Became an "artist soldier" in Linzhi, Tibet
1986:
Made film debut in "Haitan"
1990:
Moved to the states to attend New York University's film department as a visiting scholar
1993:
Had cameo role in "Little Buddha"
1994:
Made American film debut in "The Crow"
1995:
Played an interpreter in Oliver Stone's "Nixon"
1995:
Appeared in the Showtime movie, "Dead Weekend"
1997:
Played the female lead, opposite Richard Gere, in Jon Avnet's "Red Corner"
1999:
Played an Asian vamp in "Wild Wild West"
1999:
Cast as Tuptim in the remake of "Anna and the King"
2001:
Had featured role in the NBC miniseries, "The Monkey King"
2003:
Cast as one of the titular "Extreme Team" in the ABC TV-movie
2004:
Featured in Spike Lee's comedy, "She Hate Me"
2004:
Played the Mysterious Woman in "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow"
2005:
Had a small role as a Photographer in Catherine Hardwicke's "Lords of Dogtown"
2006:
Played an ambitious journalist, opposite Ben Affleck, in "Man About Town"
2007:
Co-starred with Seann William Scott, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Cheri Oteri in Richard Kelly's "Southland Tales"
2009:
Appeared opposite Jason Statham in the thriller, "Crank 2: High Voltage"
2010:
Co-starred opposite Helen Mirren in "Love Ranch," based on the true story of a married couple who opened the first legal brothel in Nevada
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Education

New York University: New York , New York -

Notes

"When I was a child, I was very, very, very shy. I was very private. I couldn't present myself. So I used acting to express myself. Somehow I like to perform. I learned very, very fast and I expressed myself very easily."---Bai Ling to interviewer Marilyn Abalos in YOLK Magazine

"Maybe it was blindess or ignorance when I arrived in this country wanting to be an actress here. I head heard about how people struggle and how hard it is to get into acting. But I didn't care because it's something I love."---Bai Ling

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Chris Isaak. Singer, actor. Reportedly dating from late 1999.

Family close complete family listing

grandmother:
Peng Zhi-jia.
father:
Bai Yu-xiang.
mother:
Chen Bin-bin.
sister:
Bai Je.
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