The career of actress Lucy Liu is set to be immortalized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The “Elementary” star will have her plaque placed next to that of Anna May Wong’s — Hollywood’s first Chinese American actress — in an unveiling ceremony slated for May 1, NBC News reports.
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Liu first shot to fame in the 90’s as a series regular on the legal comedy-drama “Ally McBeal,” a role that earned her an Emmy nomination and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Over a a career that has spanned almost three decades, the 50-year-old’s other credits include “Charlie’s Angels,” “Kill Bill” and “Kung Fu Panda.” She currently stars as Joan Watson, Sherlock Holmes’ sidekick, in CBS’s “Elementary,” the final season of which is set to premiere three weeks after Liu’s Walk of Fame induction.
In 2000, Liu also became the first Asian American woman to host “Saturday Night Live.” In 2018, when rapper-actress Awkwafina became the second Asian American woman to do so, she spoke enthusiastically of Liu’s influence.
“Back in 2000, I came here to 30 Rock and waited outside when my idol Lucy Liu hosted ‘SNL’” Awkwafina said during her monologue.
“Standing here tonight is a dream I never thought would come true,” she added. “So thank you, Lucy, for opening the door. I wasn’t able to make into the building then, but, 18 years later, I am hosting the show. I love you, Lucy Liu! Be my friend!”