Ling first came to the attention of audiences and critics alike when she won the coveted role opposite Richard Gere in Jon Avnet's thriller Red Corner. She received numerous accolades, including the prestigious Breakthrough Award from the National Board of Review and the Discovery Star from the Hollywood Women's Press Club. As a cap-off to an incredible year, Ling was selected as one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.
Born in the Szechwan province of The People's Republic of China, Ling's first exposure to acting came at the age of 14, when she served a three-year stint in the Chinese Army as part of a performance troop entertaining soldiers in Tibet. The experience allowed Ling to cultivate her musical skills, which, in turn, have resulted in her amazing ear for dialects. She went on to refine her craft with the Szechwan Theater Company, where she came to the attention of both traditional and progressive Chinese directors who cast her in a variety of film roles, from a naive peasant girl to a pop singer, culminating with her convincing portrayal of a mentally ill young woman in the critically acclaimed contemporary Chinese drama Arc Light.
Since relocating to the United States as a visiting scholar with NYU's film school, Ling has transformed herself from traditional Asian beauty to contemporary American girl. While developing her remarkable facility with the English language, Ling has worked with such prestigious filmmakers as Ang Lee in The Wedding Banquet, Oliver Stone in Nixon and Terence Malick in the Brooklyn Academy of Music's production of his play Sansho the Bailiff. She starred as a proper Chinese daughter in the American Playhouse production of Nobody's Girl, for PBS; as a funky downtown diva in the independent gem Somewhere in the City and as the mystical villainess in Alex Proyas' dark thriller The Crow.
Ling's other credits include Point of Origin, Barry Sonnenfeld's Wild, Wild West, the independent love story Row Your Boat and an extraordinary two-hour season finale of the acclaimed TV series Touched by an Angel.
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|October 10, 1970 (53)
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