LUCY LIU (The Female's Best Friend)

grew up in an Italian neighborhood in Queens, N.Y., the daughter of Chinese immigrants. Following a New York theatre background, she appeared on television on L.A. Law, E.R., The X-Files, and NYPD Blue, among others, before she landed the fiercely popular role of the vicious, icy "Ling Woo" on David E. Kelley's Ally McBeal.

Her other feature film appearances include Jerry Maguire, Gridlock'd, Love Kills, and the upcoming Payback (starring Mel Gibson) and True Crime (starring Clint Eastwood).