HOLLYWOOD (CNS) - A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame will be unveiled today honoring Lucy Liu for her television career, including her starring role over six seasons on the CBS crime drama “Elementary” and her work on the Fox comedy “Ally McBeal,” for which she received an Emmy nomination.
Demi Moore and Rhea Perlman will join Liu in speaking in the late-morning ceremony on Vine Street, just north of Sunset Boulevard, next to the 33 Taps Bar & Grill.
The star will be next to that of the pioneering Chinese-American actress Anna May Wong.
“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,” said Ana Martinez, the Hollywood Walk of Fame's producer.
The star is the 2,662nd since the completion of the Walk of Fame in 1961 with the first 1,558 stars. The ceremony will be livestreamed on walkoffame.com.
The ceremony comes 22 days before the start of the seventh and final season of “Elementary,” in which she stars as Dr. Joan Watson, a former surgeon-turned-sober companion of detective Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller), then becomes his protégé and eventually his partner.
Liu has already signed for her next series, “Why Women Kill” described as a “darkly comedic drama” that will be streamed on CBS All Access, the network's digital subscription video-on-demand and live-streaming service. She will play a socialite in the 1980s whose world is upended when she learns her husband has been cheating on her.
Born Dec. 2, 1968, in the New York City borough of Queens, Liu graduated from the University of Michigan. She made her television debut in a 1991 episode of the Fox teen drama, “Beverly Hills, 90210.” The first series on which she was a cast member was the CBS comedy “Pearl,” which ran for the 1996-97 season and starred Perlman as a middle-aged widow who returns to college.
Liu joined the cast of “Ally McBeal” in 1998 for its second season and received an outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series Emmy nomination in 1999 for her portrayal of cold and ferocious Mandarin-speaking Chinese-American lawyer Ling Woo.
Liu's other television credits include starring in the short-lived ABC drama “Cashmere Mafia” in 2008, being a second-season cast member of the ABC drama, “Dirty Sexy Money,” having a recurring role on the TNT police drama “Southland,” and becoming the first Asian-American woman to host the NBC sketch comedy series, “Saturday Night Live.”
Liu's best-known film role was private investigator Alex Munday in “Charlie's Angels” and its sequel “Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle,” whose cast included Moore. Her other film credits include “Kill Bill: Volume 1,” “Kill Bill: Volume 2” and “Chicago.”
Liu has directed six episodes of “Elementary” and one each of the NBC crime drama “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” the Netflix Marvel superhero series “Luke Cage” and the USA Network crime drama “Graceland.”
Liu appeared on Broadway in 2010 in the black comedy “God of Carnage.”
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