Bai Ling

American actress of Chinese origin Bai Ling was born on October 10, 1966, in Chengdu, People’s Republic of China. Her father Bai Yuxiang was a musician in the People’s Liberation Army while her mother Chen Binbin worked as a dancer, stage actress and a literature teacher in Sichuan University.

In childhood, she liked acting and performing. At 14, she became an artist soldier at the People’s Liberation Army, where she performed in the musical theater. Later, she started to play professionally at People’s Art Theater of Chengdu. In 1985, she got her first movie role in “On The Beach”. In 1991, she moved to the USA. In 1994, she got her first leading role in America in “The Crow”. Her most well-known roles were in “Red Corner” (1997), “Wild Wild West” (1999), “Anna and the King” (1999), “Three… Extremes” (2004), “Southland Tales” (2006) and “Crank: High Voltage” (2009). The role in 2013 “The Gauntlet” brought her the Best Actress awards at the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood and at 2014 Asians On Film Festival.

In 2005, Bai Ling was a member of the official jury at the 55th Berlin International Film Festival. In 2014, she was a member of the jury at the Mumbai Film Festival.

The actress suffered from alcoholism and took part in TV series “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew”, which showed her recovery from alcohol addiction. She is also openly bisexual.