Lucy Liu Is on a Mission to Help Children Worldwide

Coming from humble beginnings, Lucy Liu was always taught to value what she had.

“I felt like they really gave me an appreciation for the care and love we had,” she tells PEOPLE of her parents, who immigrated to New York City from China.

“If we didn’t like what we had because it wasn’t spaghetti and meatballs, we were taught that there were children starving in other parts of the world and we were lucky to have food on our table,” she says.

Lucy Liu Reveals an 'Intimate' Side Project and the 'Unhealthy' Path Ahead on Elementary

As an actress, Lucy Liu is accustomed to baring her soul before millions every week – but the Elementary star has been moonlighting on a passion project that even she considers incredibly “intimate,” and she’s also finally ready to reveal what’s been going on behind the scenes for the last few years.

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The Secrets Behind Lucy Liu's Perfect Hair

The actress dishes on her hair routine and most memorable red carpet moments

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Several stars twinkle in looks from the line’s fall 2011 collection

Lucy Liu Turns 40, Gets Humanitarian Award

Lucy Liu has received a special 40th birthday present: a Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award from UNICEF.

“I feel overwhelmed and incredibly happy,” the Dirty Sexy Money star said at the UNICEF Snowflake Ball in New York Wednesday night, where guests included Téa Leoni, first daughter Barbara Bush, and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Liu’s birthday was actually Tuesday, but that didn’t stop the many guests at the event from wishing her well.

Cashmere Mafia: Is Lucy Liu the New Carrie Bradshaw?

With its foursome of fierce female friends, it’s no secret that Cashmere Mafia is trying to fill the gap left by Sex and the City (Darren Star is the executive producer, after all). And after Sunday’s preview and Wednesday’s premiere, we’re seeing plenty of similarities the trendy clothes, the hip New York nightspots, the gorgeous guys, the never-ending martinis, the impossibly perfect apartments, the fairytale Manhattan backdrop…The show even has its own bubbly theme song!

'Bill' Makes a Box-Office Killing

Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill – Vol. 2,” starring Uma Thurman as a vengeful ex-assassin, slayed its rivals at the box office this weekend to emerge as the top moneymaker, according to studio estimates.

It also bettered by 16 percent the opening figures of its predecessor of last October, “Kill Bill – Vol. 1” (which debuted on home video last Tuesday). Part two is expected to match or exceed the $69.9 million domestic total of “Kill Bill – Vol. 1,” Rick Sands, chief operating officer of Miramax, tells the Associated Press.