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Lela Lee

Lela Lee

Actress and cartoonist Lela Lee is the creator of underground pop culture sensation, Angry Little Girls.

Lee was born in Los Angeles and raised in the suburban community of San Dimas, Calif. As a child there she was ridiculed and humiliated for something she could not help: her ethnicity. Those experiences influenced her first animated short, Angry Little Asian Girl, which she created in 1994 while a sophomore at University of California Berkeley. Lee conceived of the project after viewing offensive and chauvinistic cartoons in a festival of animation.

Funneling her rage into art, Lee began creating her alter-ego that same night, using Crayola markers and typing paper. Borrowing video-editing equipment from one of her classes, she produced the first episode of Angry Little Asian Girl (ALAG). The response to her short film led Lee to realize that both Asians and non-Asians understood and embraced the underdog spirit of ALAG. So she created additional characters from different cultures and changed the name to the more-encompassing Angry Little Girls. From those humble beginnings, the cartoon went on to spawn a Web site, a weekly comic strip, a book and other licensed merchandise.

As an actress, Lee has appeared in a number of feature films, including Yellow, Shopping for Fangs, The Medicine Show and Exposed. She also played the lead in the Attic Theater's Final Exam and the Zellerbach Theater's productions of The Story of Dong Hwa and Siddhartha. On television, she has guest-starred on episodes of Scrubs, Charmed, Friends, Felicity and Rude Awakenings. Lee will be the subject of an episode of the upcoming PBS documentary series Asian America, slated to air in May 2003.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Lela Lee Facts

OccupationActress
Height5' 3" (1m60)  How tall is Lela Lee compared to you?

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