Ling Bai Birthday: October 10, 1970 Birth Place: Chengdu, China Height: 5' 3"
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Born in the Szechwan province of China in 1970, Ling Bai began her show business career when she was in grade school with the school choir. When she was 14, she enlisted in the Chinese People's Liberation Army where she spent three years in a performance troop entertaining soldiers stationed in Tibet. After her service, Ling became a performer in a local theater in Beijing where she eventually became involved in the pro-Democracy protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989. As a result of her involvement, Ling emigrated to the USA in 1991 where she soon found work in the Hollywood acting industry with her first English-language role as a villain in The Crow (1994). From then on, Ling found steady work in playing various character roles from the villainous Miss East in Wild Wild West (1999) to a Chinese interpreter in Oliver Stone's Nixon (1995) to a part in Anna and the King (1999), in which she was forced to cut her long hair short for the role. Her appearance in the controversial Red Corner (1997) in playing a pragmatic Chinese People's lawyer jeopardizes her returns to her homeland every year since the film's release.
One of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World 1998"
Bai Ling served three years in the People Liberation's Army in China entertaining troops in Tibet. She had a bout of depression which sent her to a mental hospital. She then became a Chinese movie star. All of this was occurred before she was 18.
Had a four line appearance in Star Wars Episode 3. Unfortunately her appearance (along with a small cameo of George Lucas' daughter) got cut out (G. Lucas: "It wasn't like it was a major thing to begin with and I just cut that whole secondary story out of the movie quite a while ago").
Lives in Marina Del Rey
Name means 'white spirit' in English
Member of jury at the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) in 2005; for her light dresses that didn't always cover her essentials all the time, German tabloids nicknamed her "die Berlinackte" ("the Berlinaked").
Claimed that her role on Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) was cut during editing because of her posing for the June 2005 issue of US "Playboy" magazine. She was the first woman from the People's Republic of China on its cover. George Lucas strongly denied that this was the reason she was cut.
She took classes at The Lee Strasberg Institute (1991) and New York University. (1991)
Cut off most of her waist-length hair for her role in Anna and the King (1999).