Ling, Bai 1970–

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LING, Bai 1970–

(Ling Bai)


Born October 10, 1970, in Chengdu (some sources spell name Chengtu), Szechwan (some sources spell name Sichuan), China; immigrated to the United States, 1991, naturalized citizen, 1999; daughter of Bai Yu–xiang (a professor of music) and Chen Bin–bin (a dancer, stage actress, and professor of literature). Education: Attended New York University, 1991; trained at Lee Strasberg Institute, 1991.


Agent—Paradigm, 360 North Crescent Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210; Craig Shapiro, Innovative Artists, 1505 10th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401. Manager—Untitled Entertainment, 8436 West Third St., Suite 650, Los Angeles, CA 90048. Publicist—PYR Public Relations, 139 South Beverly Dr., Suite 230, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.


Actress. Performed on stage at a theatre in Beijing, China. Name is sometimes cited, in Chinese fashion, as Ling Bai. Worked as a waitress. Military service: Chinese Army, c. 1984–87; served as an entertainer in Tibet.

Awards, Honors:

Golden Apple, Hollywood Women's Press Association, female discovery of the year, 1997; National Board of Review Award, breakthrough female performance, 1997, for Red Corner.


Film Appearances:

Haitan, 1986.

Shan cun feng yue, 1987.

Jing Huan, Hu guang (title means Arc Light), 1988.

Sharice, Pen Pals, 1992.

Little Buddha, Lauren Film/VCL Communications, 1993.

Myca, The Crow, Miramax/Dimension Films/Buena Vista, 1994.

Chinese interpreter, Nixon, Buena Vista, 1995.

Norriko, Dead Funny, A–pix Entertainment, 1995.

Lulu, Somewhere in the City, First Run Features, 1996.

Shen Yuelin, Red Corner, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1997.

Chun Hua, Row Your Boat, 1998.

Miss East, Wild Wild West, Warner Bros., 1999.

Tuptim, Anna and the King, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1999.

Skylar, Storm Watch (also known as Code Hunter and Virtual Storm), Velocity Home Entertainment, 2002.

Kim, Face, Arclight Films, 2002, Indican Pictures, 2004.

Qiu, Taxi 3, EuropaCorp. Distribution, 2003.

Linda/Shen Li, Paris, DEJ Productions, 2004.

Ling, The Beautiful Country, Sony Pictures Classics, 2004.

Mei, "Dumplings" (also known as "Gaudzi"), Three … Extremes (also known as Three, Monster), CJ Entertainment/Warner Bros., 2004.

Mysterious woman, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (also known as The World of Tomorrow), Paramount, 2004.

Oni, She Hate Me, Sony Pictures Classics, 2004.

XiXi, My Baby's Daddy, Miramax, 2004.

Barbi Ling, Man about Town, DreamWorks, 2005.

Senator Bana Breemu, Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith (also known as Star Wars: Episode III), Twentieth Century–Fox, 2005.

(As Ling Bai) Edmond, Pretty Dangerous Films, 2005.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Kwan Ying, The Lost Empire (also known as Monkey King—Ein Krieger zwischen den Welten), NBC, 2001.

Herself, Tribeca Film Festival Presents (documentary miniseries), NYC TV, 2003.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Amelia A., Dead Weekend, Showtime, 1995.

Lucy Westenra, The Breed, Starz!, 2001.

Wanda Orr, Point of Origin, HBO, 2002.

R. J. Fillmore, The Extreme Team (also known as The X–Team), ABC, 2003.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Mary Bong, Nobody's Girls (also known as Nobody's Girls: Five Women of the West), PBS, 1994.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

2003 MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 2003.

Herself, G–Phoria 2004, G4TechTV, 2004.

Video Game Awards 2004, Spike TV, 2004.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"And the Rockets' Dead Glare," Homicide: Life on the Street (also known as H: LOTS and Homicide), NBC, 1993.

Dr. Valerie Chong, "The Hit Parade," The Cosby Mysteries, NBC, 1995.

Herself, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 1997.

Jean Chang, "The Spirit of Liberty Moon: Parts 1 & 2," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1998.

Jhiera, "She," Angel, The WB, 2000.

Voice of Mei–Mei, "Dragon Me Along," The Wild Thornberrys (animated), Nickelodeon, 2000.

Herself, "Freud's Dilemma," The Chris Isaak Show, Showtime, 2001.

Mai Ling, "Cater Waiter," Jake 2.0, UPN, 2003.

Guest, Howard Stern, E! Entertainment Television, 2004.

Guest, Senkveld med Thomas og Harald, 2004.

Stage Appearances:

Anju, Sansho the Bailiff, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, New York City, 1994.

Radio Appearances:

Guest, The Howard Stern Radio Show, 2004.



Newsmakers 2000, Issue 3, Gale, 2000.


Empire, July, 1998, p. 28.

Interview, February, 1994, pp. 102–106.

Madison, January, 2000, pp. 88–93.

People Weekly, November 10, 1997, p. 23; November 17, 1997, p. 220; May 11, 1998, p. 129.

Premiere, November, 1997, pp. 96–97; December, 1997, p. 29.

TV Guide, February 5, 2000, p. 5.

USA Today, October 31, 1997, p. 1D; December 3, 1999, p. 1E.

Variety, August 4, 1997, p. 35; November 3, 1997, p. 98; December 6, 1999, p. 83.