Lucy Liu Net Worth 2022 – Salary, Income, Earnings

Lucy Liu Net Worth

Lucy Liu has an estimated net worth of $16 Million. She is a TV and film actress known for her work on projects like ‘Ally McBeal,’ ‘Charlie’s Angels,’ ‘Kill Bill’ and ‘Elementary.’ She earned the majority of her income from movies and TV shows.

Lucy Liu made her mainstream film debut in Jerry Maguire as one of many former girlfriends of Tom Cruise’s character (1996). She got her big break on the hit TV comedy Ally McBeal, for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1999. Liu has also appeared in a number of major motion pictures, including Charlie’s Angels, Kill Bill, Chicago, and Half the Sky, and is a talented visual artist. In 2012, she found success with another TV series, this time as Dr. Watson in the Sherlock Holmes reboot Elementary.

To calculate the net worth of Lucy Liu, subtract all her liabilities from her total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity she has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as loans and personal debt, are included in total liabilities.

Here’s the breakdown of her net worth:

Name: Lucy Liu
Net Worth: $16 Million
Monthly Salary: $100 Thousand+
Annual Income: $1 Million+
Source of Wealth: Actress, Film Producer, Model, Artist, Photographer, Painter, Voice Actress, Visual Artist

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Early Career

Lucy Alexis Liu was born in Queens, New York on December 2, 1968. Lucy Liu, the daughter of Chinese immigrants, attended the prestigious Stuyvesant High School in New York City. She began her studies at New York University, but after a year transferred to the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where she studied Asian languages and culture and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1990. Liu auditioned for a supporting role in a school production of Alice in Wonderland during her senior year; to her surprise, she won the lead role, that of the typically blond, blue-eyed Alice. Her acting career had now officially begun.

During the 1991-1992 season of the teen drama Beverly Hills, 90210, Liu had a small role as a waitress at the gang’s favorite hangout, the Peach Pit. Over the next few years, Liu appeared on popular television shows such as Coach, The X-Files, and ER, and she was cast in the short-lived sitcom Pearl (1996-1997), which starred Rhea Perlman. She made her mainstream film debut in Jerry Maguire (1996) as one of many former girlfriends of Tom Cruise’s title character, but she landed more substantial roles in lesser-known independent films such as Guy (1996), Gridlock’d (1997), and City of Industry (1997), starring Harvey Keitel.

Movies and TV Shows

Breakthrough Role on ‘McBeal’

Liu got her big break in 1998 when she auditioned for the role of Nelle Porter, the icy new addition to the wacky law firm Cage and Fish on David E. Kelley’s hit comedy Ally McBeal. Even though she didn’t get the part, Kelley was so moved by Liu’s performance that she decided to create a character just for her.

Originally intended for a brief appearance, Liu’s razor-sharp portrayal of Ling Woo drew such a positive response that her stay was extended into a regular spot on the show. Liu, who received an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 1999, undoubtedly contributed to the overall success of the show, which also won the Emmy for Best Comedy that year.

On the big screen, Liu drew attention as a leather-clad dominatrix in the poorly received thriller Payback (1999), starring Mel Gibson. Her other films that year, including the independent feature The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human, Play it to the Bone, starring Woody Harrelson and Antonio Banderas, and Molly, starring Elisabeth Shue, all faded into obscurity. In 2000, Liu had much better luck, starring as a rebellious Chinese princess who is kidnapped and taken to America’s Wild West, only to be rescued by bumbling heroes played by Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson.

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‘Charlie’s Angels’

In early 2000, it was announced that Liu had landed one of Hollywood’s most coveted roles, that of the third glamorous female crime fighter in Aaron Spelling’s 1970s detective series Charlie’s Angels. The film, which also starred Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Bill Murray (with whom Liu allegedly fought during filming), was a box office success, grossing more than $260 million worldwide. Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle was released in the summer of 2003 as a sequel. Later that year, Liu appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill Vol. 1 as an assassin and Tokyo gang leader, and again the following year in Vol. 2.

In addition to her acting career, Liu is a skilled visual artist who has shown her mixed media compositions in galleries in New York and Los Angeles. Based on an exhibition of her work at a gallery in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood, she won a grant to study art in China in 1994.


Over the first decade of the 2000s, Liu appeared in a variety of projects, including Domino (2005), Watching the Detectives (2007), and The Year of Getting to Know Us (2008), as well as lending her voice to animated films like Kung Fu Panda and Tinker Bell (both 2008). Liu made her Broadway debut at the end of the decade as a replacement cast member in Yesmina Reza’s play Gods of Carnage. Then, as Madame Blossom, Liu returned to martial-arts film work in 2012’s The Man With the Iron Fists, directed by and starring RZA alongside Russell Crowe.

Liu, who has appeared in shows such as Ugly Betty and the short-lived Cashmere Mafia, eventually found another TV hit in Elementary, which premiered in 2012 and ran for seven seasons before ending in 2019. The show was a modern retelling of the classic Sherlock Holmes story, starring Liu as Dr. Joan Watson. Individual episodes were also directed by the actress.

Personal Life

Liu announced the birth of her son, Rockwell Lloyd, via gestational surrogate in August 2015.

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