Lee Young Ae - Korea's Sweetheart
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Lee Young Ae Profile
Profession: Actress and model
Birthdate: 1971-Jan-31 , Star Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Height: 165cm ; Weight: 48kg
Blood type: AB
Lee Young-Ae is a Korean actress who has a great fan base in Korea, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and numerous other Asian countries, particularly East Asian countries which have been hit by the Korean Wave. She is best known by the sobriquets 'Oxygen Lady' and 'Asia Sweetheart' due to her cherubic beauty.
Her popularity amongst East Asian countries has grown in an exponential manner due to her poignant performance in the popular Korean drama Dae Jang Geum. The drama was such a success that several countries, including Malaysia and China, had re-runs of the drama shortly after the last episode had ended. In Hong Kong, according to television viewing statistics, the last episode of Dae Jang Geum had almost half of the Hong Kong population staying at home just to watch it.
To promote the show Dae Jang Geum, Asiana (South Korea's second airline) painted four of her portraits from the show on the side of its aircraft.
In 2005, she was awarded Best Actress award in the Blue Dragon Film Festival.
In 2006, she signed a two-year contract with LG Electronics, a Korean electronic products company, to be the spokesmodel (Pan-Asia) for all LG Electronics' products. Under this contract, she would go on promotional tours around Asian countries including, but not limited to, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.
She is now one of the highest-paid celebrities in Korea, and perhaps of all Asia.
She was awarded Best Actress awards in the Blue Dragon Film Awards in 2005 and Baeksang Art Awards in 2006 for the film Sympathy For Lady Vengeance. In 2007, she received Medal of Culture Merit for her contribution to Korean Wave from the South Korean government.