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Lucy Liu gets her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Chinese American actress Lucy Liu finally got her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. On May 1, 2019, Liu was joined by her family and “Charlie’s Angels” co-stars for the special occasion. The 50-year-old actress became only the second Asian American woman to receive a star, reports Variety. The first Asian American to be honored with a star was 1920s silent film actress, Anna May Wong.

During her speech, Lucy Liu paid tribute to the Chinese American Hollywood pioneer.

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Anna May Wong – The Los Angeles Times

“When I moved to Los Angeles, I actually lived on Vine Street, so it’s thrilling to have Anna May Wong, who is the first Asian-American actress, as my neighbor,” Lucy Liu told the crowd. “A hundred years ago, she was a pioneer while enduring racism, marginalization, and exclusion.”

According to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Lucy Liu’s star is right next to Anna May Wong’s star on the corner of Hollywood and Vine. Liu becomes the 2,622nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the Category of Television.

“We are excited to honor Lucy Liu and we placed her star next to the star of Anna May Wong, the first Chinese American actress to grace Hollywood’s film screens,” Ana Martinez, producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, said. “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.”

Lucy Liu got her big break when she was cast as Ling Woo on the television show “Ally McBeal.” Since then, her career has taken off and she has starred in numerous television shows and has appeared in many movies. She credits pioneers like Anna May Wong and Bruce Lee for making it easier for her to receive mainstream success.

“Sometimes people talk about my mainstream successes as groundbreaking for an Asian, but Asians have been making movies for a long time,” she told the crowd. “They just weren’t making them here because we weren’t yet invited to the table.

“I was lucky that trailblazers, like Anna May Wong and Bruce Lee, came before me. If my body of work somehow helped bridge the gap between stereotypical roles, first given to Anna May, and mainstream success today, I am thrilled to have been part of that process.” 

She thanked her parents for immigrating from China to pursue better opportunities. Even though her parents had a rough time in America, she credits her parents for instilling into her “perseverance” which helped her succeed in an almost “insurmountable” industry.

Still, the feeling like an outsider, the feeling of being different, fueled her and made her stronger. “I’ve learned the specific things that made me feel like an outsider were actually the biggest contributors to my success…” she said. “This dream fulfilling honor I am receiving today affirms anyone who feels like an outsider can take her place among stars.”

Congratulations Lucy Liu on her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and all her achievements.

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