Lee Young-ae

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Lee Young-ae
Lee Young-ae in 2017.jpg
At the press conference of Saimdang, Memoir of Colors, January 2017
Born (1971-01-31) January 31, 1971 (age 47)
Seoul, South Korea
Alma mater Hanyang University
(B.A. German Language and Literature)
Chung Ang University
(M.A. Theater and Film)[1]
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1993–2005
2017–present
Agent Good People Entertainment
(subsidiary of Creative Leaders Group Eight)
Height 165 cm (5 ft 5 in)[2]
Spouse(s) Jeong Ho-young (m. 2009)
Children 2
Korean name
Hangul
Revised Romanization I Yeong-ae
McCune–Reischauer Yi Yŏng-ae

Lee Young-ae (born January 31, 1971)[2] is a South Korean actress. She is known for her appearances in the Korean historical drama Dae Jang Geum (2003), and as a revenge seeking single mother in Park Chan-wook's crime thriller film Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005).

Career

Lee made her debut as a model in 1991. After appearing in television commercials, she debuted as an actress in the 1993 drama How's Your Husband?, which won her Best New Actress at the SBS Drama Awards.

In 2000, she starred in the mysterious thriller film Joint Security Area, which became the highest-grossing Korean film at that time. She followed this with melodrama Last Present, where she received acclaim for her performance as a young woman facing the realities of an early death.[3] Lee reunited with director Hur Jin-ho to star in his next film One Fine Spring Day, which won her Best Actress at the Busan Film Critics Awards. She also starred in the TV series Fireworks, which introduced Lee to Taiwan audiences.[4]

Lee came to prominence in South Korea after starring in the historical drama Dae Jang Geum. It first aired from September 15, 2003 to March 23, 2004 on MBC, where it was the top program with an average viewership rating of 46.3% and a peak of 57.8% (making it the 10th highest rated Korean drama of all time.[5] Lee won the Daesang (Grand Prize) award at the MBC Drama Awards, as well as the Top Excellence award. The show was then aired overseas in 91 countries and became exceptionally popular in Asia.[6][7] The fame of Dae Jang Geum launched Lee into pan-Asia stardom as one of the biggest Hallyu stars.[8][9] She has been invited to visit mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Japan.[10][11] In 2006, for the first time in 12 years, NHK had to use the NHK Hall to host the NHK show due to her popularity; and stamps featuring Lee was also released in Japan.[12] She was also invited to the 2007 Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in China.[13]

Lee then starred in the third installment in Park Chan-wook's The Vengeance Trilogy, titled Sympathy For Lady Vengeance.[14] She was awarded Best Actress at the 2005 Blue Dragon Film Awards and 2006 Baeksang Art Awards for her performance in the film.[15][16]

In 2006, Lee was invited sit on the jury bench of the International Berlin Film Festival, becoming the first Korean actress to be selected as a jury member of the international film festival.[17]

In 2007, she received the Medal of Culture Merit for her contribution to the Korean Wave from the South Korean government.[18]

In 2015, it was announced that Lee would be making her comeback to television in SBS historical series Saimdang, Memoir of Colors. She would be playing dual roles as Shin Saimdang, a famed Joseon-era artist and calligrapher as well as a modern-day Korean history lecturer.[19] The drama premiered in January 2017.[20]

In 2017, it was announced that Lee has been cast in upcoming mystery period drama Different Dream, which would revolve around a surgical doctor who is adopted by a Japanese couple and later hired as a spy by the Provisional Government of Korea in Shanghai. Shooting for the drama would premiere in 2018.[21]

In 2018, Lee was cast in the film Find Me, returning to the big screen after 13 years.[22]

Philanthropy

Besides her acting career, she has also been involved with several charities. In 1997 she went to Ethiopia as a NGO Goodwill Ambassador. She went to Thar Desert in 1999 to do a TV show about people in India's lowest social caste. Later in 2001, she published these experiences in her autobiography “A Most Special Love”[23] with partial English and donated the income from the sale of the book to charity.

She was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador in 2004 by UNICEF and has since held several charity functions. She has made many donations to schools and hospitals, including the Chosun First Middle School in Harbin[24] and an elementary school in China that was thereafter renamed Lee Young-Ae Elementary School.[25] In 2012, she served as the celebrity spokesperson for the "Love Donation" project, hosted by Woman Chosun magazine. She donated a large sum of money which will be used to build a school in Myanmar.[26][27]

In 2012, Lee launched a business handling organic and environmentally friendly products for children in Seoul.[28]

In July 2014, Taiwanese media reported that Lee had privately assisted a pregnant Taiwanese woman who was vacationing with her husband in Seoul. The woman gave birth to her daughter prematurely and the infant had several complications. Lee found out about the couple through her friend and decided to pay their medical bills, which amounted to around NT$4 million (US$134,000) because the infant required two surgeries and constant medical care after she was born.[29] Lee was subsequently given an award by Taiwan's Chou Ta-Kuan Cultural and Educational Foundation.[30] In 2016, she helped a Vietnamese girl who came to Korea to treat her brain tumor, by donating a total of 37 million won to cover the operation and other medical bills.[31]

Her popularity in Sri Lanka, known locally as "Changumi" (චංගුමී), ultimately led to the creation of the "Sujatha Diyani Scholarship Fund" in 2014 where she donated US$100 000. The fund aims at providing financial assistance to female students of low income families.[32] Lee also became the first actress to join the "Chime for Change" campaign, which was created by Gucci to "raise funds and awareness for projects promoting education, health, and justice for girls and women" around the world.[33]

In 2015, Lee was appointed to be a special envoy for the UNESCO Korean Commission.[34] She works with the organization to promote the commission's activities such as fundraising and a campaign to render educational support to underdeveloped countries.[35]

Lee also makes frequent donations, which has been covered in the media. In August 2015, she donated to a foundation run by the Korea Military Academy to help two soldiers who were maimed by North Korean box mines in the demilitarized zone.[36] In November 2015, she donated 400 million won to fund a music concert for non-commissioned officers.[37] In April 2016, she donated to earthquake victims in Ecuador.[38] In September 2016, she donated to the Korea Military Academy once aagin to help the descendants of Korean War veterans, the KMA said Thursday.[39] In March 2017, she donated 150 million won to Kangwon Sports Federation and Community Chest of Korea to fund the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics and to help the needy.[40] In June 2017, she donated $50,000 to support relief operations for victims of the 2017 Sri Lanka floods.[41] In August 2017, she donated 50 million won to help the families of two young soldiers who were killed in an artillery accident.[42] In November 2017, she donated $45,000 to the Embassy of Iran in Seoul to help the victims of 2017 Iran–Iraq earthquake;[43] and 50 million won to the Korea Foundation for Persons with Disabilities to help victims of the recent earthquakes in Pohang.[44]

Personal life

On August 24, 2009, Lee married Jeong Ho-young, a Korean-American businessman in the United States.[45] On February 20, 2011, Lee gave birth to twins, one boy and one girl, at the Jeil Hospital in Jung-gu, Seoul.[46]

Filmography

Film

Year English title Korean title Role
1996 I will do it 인샬라
1999 First Kiss 키스할까요) Herself (cameo)
2000 Joint Security Area 공동경비구역 JSA Maj. Sophie E. Jean
2001 One Fine Spring Day 봄날은 간다 Eun-su
Last Present 선물 Park Jung-yeon
2005 Sympathy for Lady Vengeance 친절한 금자씨 Lee Geum-ja
2018 Find Me 나를 찾아줘 Jung-yeon

Television series

Year English title Korean title Role Network
1993 How's Your Husband? 댁의 남편은 어떠십니까? Do Do-hee SBS
1994 Dash 질주
1995 Love and Marriage 사랑과 결혼 Oh Eun-ji MBC
West Palace 서궁 KBS
Asphalt Man 아스팔트 사나이 Dong-hee SBS
1996 Papa 파파 Han Sae-young KBS
Their Embrace 그들의 포옹 Kim Seung-hye MBC
Sibling Relations 동기간
1997 Medical Brothers 의가형제 Cha Min-ju
The Reason I Live 내가 사는 이유 Ae-suk
Because I Love You 사랑하니까 Eo Yu-na SBS
1998 Romance 로맨스
Advocate 애드버킷 MBC
1999 Enbireyong 은비령 KBS
Invitation 초대 Choi Yeong-ju
Wave 파도 SBS
2000 Fireworks 불꽃 Kim Ji-hyun
2003 Jewel in the Palace 대장금 Seo Jang-geum MBC
2017 Saimdang, Memoir of Colors 사임당, 빛의 일기 Shin Saimdang / Seo Ji-yoon SBS
2018 Different Dream 이몽 Lee Young-jin KBS2

Awards

Year Award Category Nominated work Ref.
1994 SBS Drama Awards Best New Actress How's Your Husband?
1995 KBS Drama Awards Popularity Award West Palace
1996 MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress Their Embrace, Sibling Relations
1997 The Reason I Live
1998 SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Romance
1999 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress Invitation
Popularity Award
2001 2nd Korea Movie & Music Awards Photogenic Prize for Actress N/A
2nd Busan Film Critics Awards Best Actress One Fine Spring Day
2003 MBC Drama Awards Daesang/Grand Prize Dae Jang Geum
Top Excellence Award, Actress
2004 2nd Andre Kim Best Star Awards Female Star Award [47]
2005 8th Director's Cut Awards Best Actress Sympathy for Lady Vengeance [48]
38th Sitges Film Festival [49]
26th Blue Dragon Film Awards [16]
2006 42nd Baeksang Arts Awards
38th Cinemanila International Film Festival [50]
43rd Grand Bell Awards Hallyu Popularity Award [51]
2007 15th Chunsa Film Festival Hallyu Contribution Award N/A
3rd Andre Kim Best Star Awards Grand Prize N/A [52]
Korean Entertainment Industry Society Star (Drama) Award N/A [53]
44th Korean Broadcasters Association Day Actor Award N/A [54]
Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism Medal of Culture Merit N/A [18]
2015 10th Seoul International Drama Awards 10th Anniversary Hallyu Achievement Award N/A [55]

References and notes

  1. ^ "Lee Young-ae to Earn Ph.D. from Hanyang University". KBS World. June 18, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "이영애 Nate Profile". Archived from the original on October 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Lee Young-Ae plays dying wife in `The Gift`". The Donga Ilbo. March 23, 2001. 
  4. ^ "Korean drama gains popularity in Taiwan". The Korea Times. August 21, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Sleepless in Seoul". The Chosun Ilbo. December 5, 2003. 
  6. ^ "Dae Jang Geum Frenzy Hits Japan". The Donga Ilbo. October 31, 2005. 
  7. ^ "Local Epic TV Dramas Going Global". The Korea Times. February 5, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Actress Gains Popularity in Asia". Hancinema. The Korea Times. December 21, 2005. 
  9. ^ "It's Official: Hong Kong Loves Lee". The Donga Ilbo. January 2, 2006. 
  10. ^ "Chinese Mainland in Thrall to 'Daejanggeum'". September 30, 2005. 
  11. ^ "Thousands Come Out to Meet Lee Young-ae in Japan". The Chosun Ilbo. May 9, 2006. 
  12. ^ "Stamps featuring Lee Young-ae to Be Released in Japan". China Daily. April 28, 2006. 
  13. ^ "李英愛將成為中國哈爾濱名譽市民". The Chosun Ilbo (in Chinese). December 28, 2006. Retrieved 2010-02-21. 
  14. ^ "She May Not Look Like a Killer". The Chosun Ilbo. July 22, 2015. 
  15. ^ "'Lady Vengeance' Bags Korea's Top Movie Honors". The Chosun Ilbo. November 30, 2005. 
  16. ^ a b "Lee Young-ae Snaps String of Bad Luck at Movie Awards". The Chosun Ilbo. November 30, 2005. 
  17. ^ "It's Official: Lee Young-ae Picked for Berlin Film Fest Jury". The Chosun Ilbo. January 10, 2006. 
  18. ^ a b "組圖:李英愛榮獲文化獎章". The Chosun Ilbo (in Chinese). September 3, 2007. Retrieved 2010-02-21. 
  19. ^ "In 'Saimdang' Lee Young-ae renders Korea's maternal icon human". Yonhap News Agency. 
  20. ^ Park Jin-hai (January 25, 2017). "'Dae Jang Geum' star returns with 'Saimdang' after 14 years". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2017-02-07. 
  21. ^ "Actress Lee Young-ae cast in mystery period drama". Yonhap News. October 3, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Lee Young-ae to come back with new film 'Find Me'". Yonhap News Agency. February 21, 2018. 
  23. ^ us.yesasia.com A Most Special Love
  24. ^ "李英愛向朝鮮族學校捐贈10萬元人民幣" (in Chinese). The Chosun Ilbo. January 6, 2007. Retrieved 2010-02-21. 
  25. ^ "Chinese School Named for Korean Star". The Donga Ilbo. March 22, 2016. 
  26. ^ "Actress Lee Young-ae Sets Up School In Myanmar". Hancinema. KBS World. August 29, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Lee Young-ae donation to help build a school in Myanmar". Korea JoongAng Daily. August 29, 2012. 
  28. ^ "Actress Lee Young-ae Launches Eco-Business". The Chosun Ilbo. October 11, 2012. 
  29. ^ "Lee Young-ae Pays Hospital Bills of Taiwanese Mother". The Chosun Ilbo. July 2, 2014. 
  30. ^ "Taiwanese Foundation to Honor Samaritan Lee Young-ae". The Chosun Ilbo. October 31, 2014. 
  31. ^ "Lee Young-ae sends aid to Vietnamese girl with brain tumor". Hancinema. 10Asia. March 24, 2016. 
  32. ^ "Initiating the "Sujatha Diyani Scholarship Fund" for Female Students of Low Income Families Following the New Technology Subject Stream". Office of the Cabinet of Ministers - Sri Lanka. January 30, 2014. 
  33. ^ "Lee Young-ae Joins Gucci's Global Campaign for Women's Empowerment". The Chosun Ilbo. March 18, 2014. 
  34. ^ "Lee Young-ae appointed as UNESCO special envoy". Yonhap News Agency. November 27, 2015. 
  35. ^ "Lee Young-ae to Promote Charitable Activities with UNESCO". The Chosun Ilbo. October 28, 2015. 
  36. ^ "Lee Young-ae Donates Money for Maimed Soldiers". The Chosun Ilbo. August 19, 2015. 
  37. ^ "Lee Young-ae Arranges Benefit to Noncom Officers". The Chosun Ilbo. November 16, 2015. 
  38. ^ "Lee Young-ae Donates Money to Earthquake Victims in Ecuador". The Chosun Ilbo. April 27, 2016. 
  39. ^ "Lee Young-ae Donates W100 Million to Military Academy". The Chosun Ilbo. September 2, 2016. 
  40. ^ "Lee Young-ae donates 150 million won to Kangwondo". Hancinema. The Donga Ilbo. March 20, 2017. 
  41. ^ "Korean actress donates to Sri Lanka flood relief". The Korea Herald. June 12, 2017. 
  42. ^ "Lee Young-ae Donates Money to Artillery Accident Victims". The Chosun Ilbo. August 24, 2017. 
  43. ^ "Korean actress Lee Young-ae backs quake relief efforts in Iran". Tehran Times. November 20, 2017. 
  44. ^ "Lee Young-ae Donates Over W100 Million to Quake Victims in Korea, Iran". The Chosun Ilbo. November 21, 2017. 
  45. ^ "Actress Lee Young-ae Secretly Married in U.S". The Chosun Ilbo. August 26, 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-21. 
  46. ^ "Actress Lee Young-ae gives birth to twins". The Korea Herald. February 22, 2011. 
  47. ^ "Fashion Designer Andre Kim Gives Out Best Star Awards". Hancinema. The Korea Times. November 16, 2004. 
  48. ^ "Young Korean directors present Directors` Cut Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. December 30, 2005. 
  49. ^ "Lee Young-ae wins best actress at Sitges film festival". Hancinema. KBS World. October 19, 2005. 
  50. ^ "'Kubrador' wins grand prize in Cinemanila 2006". PEP. November 14, 2006. 
  51. ^ "43rd Crowns King and the Clown". Hancinema. Korean Film Biz Zone. July 26, 2006. 
  52. ^ "Top Stars Win Andre Kim Awards". The Korea Times. May 1, 2007. 
  53. ^ "Jang Dong-gun, Bae Yong-joon and others awarded at the First Annual Hallyu Awards". Hancinema. Broasia. May 16, 2007. 
  54. ^ "44th Broadcasting Day Ceremony". Arirang. September 3, 2007. 
  55. ^ "[The 10th Seoul Drama Award] Lee Young-ae and Lee Min-ho, co-recipients of Grand Prize of Hallyu Contribution". Hancinema. TV Report. September 10, 2015. 

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