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|Date of Birth||October 10, 1966|
|Role on LOST||Achara|
|IMDB||Bai Ling at IMDB|
Bai Ling was born in Chengdu, China. Her father was a music teacher, and her mother was a dancer and stage actress. Her parents were persecuted during the Cultural Revolution because of their jobs, and soon after her birth, Bai moved to her grandmother's residence elsewhere in Sichuan. She has described herself as a very shy child who found that she best expressed herself through acting and performing. She has since said that acting allows one to ignore how society tells one to behave and allows other parts within oneself to be expressed. She began a three-year stint as a "soldier" in the People's Liberation Army in Tibet at the age of 14. Her main activity there was to entertain with musical theater.
As she matured, she appeared in several movies. However, her rebelliousness caused friction with the army. She was accused of insubordination for using tobacco and alcohol, was briefly hospitalized for depression by the end of her army service, and partook in the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989. She temporarily moved to New York in 1991 to attend New York University's film department as a visiting scholar, but later obtained a special visa that allowed her to remain in the United States until she became a citizen in 1999.
It must be noted that events in Ling's past have only been asserted by Ling herself. Ling's political past in China is in doubt. No independent source besides Ling has verified her claims of her time spent in the Chinese army, her time in New York as a visiting scholar (when her age would have made her a suspiciously young candidate for such a status, especially given the paucity of her academic achievements), or especially her participation in the Tiananmen Square protests, given the fact that she attended Moscow Movie Festival in 1989 as a member of an official Chinese movie group.
There is evidence to suggest Ling lies about her history and personal life, and works hard to garner attention for her largely unknown acting career. Ling has claimed publicly and vocally in the past to being engaged to Nick Carter, but Carter immediately denied it and the two have never married. Ling has further claimed that she was "cut out" of Star Wars due to her appearance in Playboy while also insinuating a large role for her character; immediately, George Lucas denied this, citing the facts that the edit had been done months before the Playboy appearance was known and stating that Ling's role was only a few lines of unimportant dialogue. Additionally, Go Fug Yourself has documented Ling numerous times appearing publicly in revealing outfits that happen to "slip" and show her nipples in pictures, despite the fact that the events at which she is photographed neither have any overt sexual content nor is Ling involved in the events in any capacity other than as a guest.
Episodes Appeared InEdit
Appears as Achara in: