Los Angeles–Lucy Liu, a famed Chinese American actress, director and artist, was honored with the 2,662nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 1.
“We are excited to honor Lucy Liu and we placed her star next to the star of Anna May Wong, the first Chinese American actress to grace Hollywood’s film screens,” said Ana Martinez, Producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “When we place Walk of Fame stars, we love to juxtapose Hollywood’s golden age icons with the role models who represent the exciting shifts taking place in the film industry whenever we can.”
Liu is a critically acclaimed actress who has starred in film, television and on Broadway.
“I was lucky that trailblazers like Anna May Wong and Bruce Lee came before me,” said Liu. “If my body of work somehow helped bridge the gap between stereotypical roles first given to Anna May and mainstream success today, I’m thrilled to have been part of the process.”
For seven seasons, Liu co-starred in the highly praised drama series “Elementary” on CBS as “Dr. Joan Watson” alongside Jonny Lee Miller’s “Sherlock Holmes”. And she can also be seen on Hulu’s third season of “Difficult People.”
Her portrayal of “Officer Jessica Tang” on the critically acclaimed series, “Southland” won a 2012 Critics’ Choice Award for Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series and a 2013 NAACP nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Liu also appeared as the unforgettable “Ling Woo” in the hit Fox series, “Ally McBeal,” a role for which she earned an Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
Liu has also appeared in starring roles on the hit series “Cashmere Mafia” and “Dirty Sexy Money.” She will next star in the dark comedy series, “Why Women Kill,” created by Marc Cherry and set to begin filming this spring.
Liu also stars in the Netflix rom-com hit film, “Set It Up,” co-starring Taye Diggs, Glenn Powell and Zoey Deutch, directed by Claire Scanlon.
Her previous films include: “Charlie’s Angels,” “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,” “Kill Bill,” “Chicago,” “Lucky Number Slevin,” “The Man with the Iron Fists,” “Detachment,” “East Fifth Bliss,” “Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You” and many others.
Liu voices the role of Lady Sagami in the 2015 Academy Award Nominated film “The Tale of The Princess Kaguya,” produced by Frank Marshall and directed by Jamie Simone from an adaptation by Mike Jones. Variety calls the film a “visionary tour de force”. Liu is also the voice of “Viper” in the trilogy for Paramount’s animated smash hit “Kung Fu Panda” and as “Silvermist” in Tinkerbell’s “Legend of the Neverbeast.”
Off the screen, Liu is a talented director and producer as well. Her directing work for “Elementary” has led her to directing for other series, including the Season 2 Premiere episode of Netflix and Marvel’s “Luke Cage,” USA drama “Graceland”, “Law & Order: SVU,” and “Why Women Kill.”
She has produced the critically acclaimed film “Freedom’s Fury”, the short documentary, “Redlight” as well as co-directed and produced, a short docu-drama, “Meena,” based on a chapter from the New York Times bestseller, “Half the Sky” by authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.
In 2006, Liu was awarded a Women’s World Award for her outstanding humanitarian work. Other recognitions of her humanitarian work include the 2008 Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award and the 2016 Harvard Artist of the Year Award, given by the Harvard Foundation for her involvement with UNICEF and her body of work. Liu is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
Additional accolades honoring her work include a 2012 New York Women in Film & Television Muse Award, the prestigious Best Drama Actress Award at the Seoul International Drama Awards, and three People’s Choice Award nominations.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an internationally-recognized Hollywood icon. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce continues to add stars on the Walk of Fame as the representative of the City of Los Angeles.