SOURCE: Video Software Dealers Association

May 02, 2006 09:31 ET

Lucy Liu Named Humanitarian of the Year by Video Software Dealers Association

Actress to Receive Award at Home Entertainment Industry's Annual Convention

ENCINO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 2, 2006 -- Actress Lucy Liu will receive the Humanitarian of the Year Award at VSDA's Home Entertainment 2006, organizers of the show announced today. VSDA's Home Entertainment 2006, the 25th anniversary of the home entertainment industry's annual convention, will take place July 11-13, 2006 at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"We are tremendously pleased to be able to extend VSDA's Humanitarian of the Year Award to Lucy Liu," said VSDA President Bo Andersen. "In addition to being one of the most-recognizable stars in Hollywood, Ms. Liu has devoted tremendous time and energy to her role as a Celebrity Ambassador for the United Nations Children's Fund. We applaud her commitment to bringing relief to the stricken children of the world."

Lucy Liu was appointed United States Fund for United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Ambassador in 2005. As a Celebrity Ambassador, Ms. Liu has traveled to South Africa to assist communities in the grips of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and to Pakistan to draw attention to the devastation of the October 2005 earthquake.

Lucy Liu is the star of the Wolfe Releasing feature "3 Needles," which tells three emotional stories about the global struggle to combat HIV/AIDS. In a role performed entirely in Chinese, Liu plays Jin Ping, a woman who operates a black market blood collection service in rural China. "3 Needles" opens on Friday, December 1, 2006 in conjunction with World AIDS Day.

Lucy will next be seen in New Line's "The Cleaner," scheduled for release later this year.

Movie and television audiences around the world recognize Lucy Liu from her pivotal roles in the "Charlie's Angels" and "Kill Bill" movie series and the Fox television series "Ally McBeal." Liu was recognized for her contributions to "Ally McBeal" when she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Best Actress in a comedy series. Liu can be currently seen in the theatrical release "Lucky Number Slevin" opposite Josh Hartnett and Ben Kingsley.

For more information about VSDA and Home Entertainment 2006, see: http://www.HomeEntertainmentEvents.com.

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