On February 14, 2008, Bai Ling was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport for shoplifting two magazines and a package of batteries.
She also wrote on her blog after the incident: "Life happens to you whether you like it or not, sometimes I feel you have to be so brave to stand in front of the world, and just hope that people will have a tender heart towards you." In a 2009 interview, Bai claimed that she is from the moon, where her grandmother lives. I'm in my own universe and my mind is a million miles somewhere else," she stated, further explaining, "Why I feel like I come from the moon is because my mother told me I was found somewhere." She believes that when she looks up at the moon, she can often spot her grandmother there, still living in her childhood home.
The New York Times praised Bai Ling's performance, saying that she gave the film "not only grace but also substantial gravity".
Bai was named one of People's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" in 1998.
Bai was born in Chengdu, People's Republic of China.
Her father, Bai Yuxiang (白玉祥), was a musician in the People's Liberation Army, and later a music teacher.
Subsequently, Bai spent some time in a mental hospital.
Soon after her release from the hospital, in 1981, Bai joined People's Art Theater of Chengdu, and became a professional actress. Bai began her acting career in China, appearing in several Chinese feature films.
She cites this period of sexual abuse for her subsequent struggles with alcohol addiction.Her mother remarried to the writer Xu Chi (徐迟), renowned for his report titled Goldbach's Conjecture, about Chinese mathematician Chen Jingrun.Bai Ling has one older sister Bai Jie (白洁), who works for the Chinese tax bureau, and a younger brother Bai Chen (白陈), who emigrated to Japan and works for an American company.She claimed that this was because she posed nude in the June 2005 issue of Playboy magazine, whose appearance on newsstands coincided with the movie's May 2005 release, but director George Lucas denied this, stating that the cut had been made more than a year earlier.Her scenes were included in the "deleted scenes" feature of the DVD release.