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Bai Ling
Bai Ling attending Nicky Hilton's Fashion Show during Los Angeles Fashion Week on October 14, 2007
Chinese name 白靈 (Traditional)
Chinese name 白灵 (Simplified)
Pinyin Bái Líng (Mandarin)
Born October 10, 1966 (1966-10-10) (age 43)[1][2]
Chengdu, Sichuan, China
Occupation Actress
Years active 1984 – present
Parents Bai Yuxiang (白玉祥)
Chen Binbin (陳彬彬)
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Bai.

Bai Ling (simplified Chinese: 白灵traditional Chinese: 白靈pinyin: Bái Líng; born October 10, 1966)[1][2] is a Chinese-born American actress.


Early life

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[citation needed]. 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.[3]

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.

Acting career

At a party in July 2007

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[citation needed]. 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."[4] 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.

Personal life

On Thursday, February 14, 2008 Bai Ling was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport for shoplifting two magazines and a package of batteries.[5] It was an "emotionally crazy" day, Ling explained to E! News. She was coping with the "huge problem of breaking up [before] Valentine's Day...wrong boyfriend."[6] 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."[7] On March 5, 2008 she pled guilty to the charge of disturbing the peace. She was then fined $200 (US$700 when totaling the fine and penalties) for the action at the airport.[8][9]


Year Film Role Notes
1984 Hai tan Lu Xiao Mei
1985 Lei sa Gu Su Wang Lingjuan
1986 Yue Yue Yue Yue
1987 Shan cun feng yue
1988 Hu guang Jing Huan
1992 Pen Pals Sharice
1993 Homicide: Life on the Street Lin Chang TV series, 1 episode
1994 The Crow Myca
Dead Funny Norriko
1995 The Cosby Mysteries Dr. Valerie Chong TV series, 1 episode
Dead Weekend Amelia A TV film
Nixon Chinese Interpreter
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 Lost Empire Kwan Ying TV film
Shaolin Soccer Mui Voice
The Breed Lucy Westenra
2002 Face Kim
Storm Watch Skylar
Point of Origin Wanda Orr
2003 Taxi 3 Qiu
The Extreme Team RJ
Paris Linda/Shen Li
Jake 2.0 Mei Ling TV series, 1 episode
2004 My Baby's Daddy XiXi
The Beautiful Country Ling
She Hate Me Oni
Gaau Ji Mei
Sam gang yi Mei
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow Mysterious Woman
2005 Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith Senator Bana Breemu
Lords of Dogtown Punky Photographer
Entourage Li Lei TV series, 1 episode
Nomad Gaukhar Voice
Edmond Peep Show Girl
2006 Man About Town Barbi Ling
Southland Tales Serpentine
Scarface: The World Is Yours U-Gin Bar Manager Video game, Voice
2007 Living & Dying Nadia
Lost Achara TV series, 1 episode
The Unit Princess TV series, 1 episode
Shanghai Baby Coco
The Gene Generation Michelle
2008 The Hustle Han
Toxic Lena
Dim Sum Funeral Deedee
2009 Crank: High Voltage Ria
Chain Letter Jai Pham completed
Magic Man Samantha completed
A Beautiful Life Esther completed
The Gauntlet Kim Lee [10]
The Bad Penny Nok post-production
The Lazarus Papers Kyo post-production
Love Ranch post-production
The Land of the Astronauts Erika pre-production
Geraldine Geraldine in-production
Cross Sunshine in-production
2010 The Confidant Black post-production

In China

  • At the Beach 海滩(1984)
  • Suspended Sentence 缓期执行(1985)
  • Tears in Suzhou 泪洒姑苏(1985)
  • The Bloody Trace 血案疑踪(1986)
  • Yueyue 月月(1986)
  • On Their Own or College Student Stories 大学生轶事(1987)
  • Arc Light 弧光(1988) as Jing Huan
  • Hit Without Gun 无枪枪手(1988)
  • The Illegal Gunman 非法持枪者(1989)

In Hong Kong


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