Can You Guess Which Texas Actress Is Suing Amazon.com?

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The horrors of being a 40-year-old actress in Hollywood.
In one of the stranger lawsuits we've seen, a Texas actress has filed a "Jane Doe" fraud and invasion of privacy suit against Amazon, which she claims used her credit card info to publish her age on her IMDb profile. (IMDb is a wholly owned subsidiary of Amazon.)

Using clues provided in the lawsuit, filed in a Seattle federal court, we've been trying to figure out who this actress might be. Here's what we know: "Being of Asian descent, Plaintiff has a given legal name that is extremely difficult for Americans to spell and pronounce," so she "adopted an Americanized stage name."

She was relatively unknown in 2008 -- that's when she first subscribed to IMDbPro in 2003, allowing her to post her biographical info on IMDb. Although she never posted her age, she noticed "that her legal date of birth had been added to her public acting profile...revealing to the public that Plaintiff is many years older than she looks." She alleges that the company could only have known her age by using her credit card information.

According to the lawsuit, the mysterious Jane Doe asked IMDb to remove her age, but the company refused.

And that's when the lawsuit reminds us of what a harsh mistress Hollywood is: "In the entertainment industry, youth is king. If one is perceived to be 'over-the-hill,' i.e., approaching 40, it is nearly impossible for an up-and-coming actress, such as the Plaintiff, to get work as she is thought to have less of an 'upside'...regardless of her appearance or talent."

Here's where things get a bit tricky, according to the suit: Amazon's "actions have had a double-whammy effect" on the actress because not a lot of people want to hire such an ancient being, but also because even when Jane Doe has auditioned for roles requiring 40-year-olds, "she does not and cannot physically portray the role of a forty-year old woman."

Which makes us wonder: Is this woman a freak? If so, why doesn't she just audition for a movie about freaks? Worked for Eric Stoltz in that one movie where he played that half-man/half-lion-faced-kid who could only get laid by blind chicks. Works for Sarah Jessica Parker, too.

So basically, we've been trolling IMDb all day for young-looking Asian women who are actually 40 or older, which actually isn't that different from what we usually do on Mondays, but at least now there's like an actual purpose!

Please, help us crack this code. But in a respectful way, 'cause we really do feel bad for this actress, whoever she is.


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Megmeg
Megmeg

Maybe it is tia carrera? Her real name is althea rae janairo. Or maybe it is mei-kei-lei a.k.a maggie q. She really doesn't look that young.

Dan
Dan

Lucy Liu 

BamaBama
BamaBama

I believe Magnumfirepowerand Diane Adams got it right, but hethey left out one determining factor in weeding down to the final 3 mysterygirls. Dozier probably isn’t taken this case pro-bono, so the final 3 - 4 mysterygirls on his list should have access to money or someone with money in order tosustain paying his legal fees.

 

Nicole Bilderback**** (#1 Candidate) – She was adopted by a Jim and Lois Bilderback, a wealthyTexas couple living in Lake Highlands, a posh Dallas suburb. Adding tothe fact that she’s work consistently, living in LA . She’d definitely have herdaddy’s money to pull this off. No husband or boyfriend  although SamWitwer (her ex-beau) is doing okay there no evidence that he helped or ishelping financially with the case.

 

Tila Tequila  aka Tila Nguyen ** (#2 Candidate) – From what I found on the web, herfamily doesn’t appear have money, but she’s been a consistent earner over 5 ofthe last 10 years. Word is she definitely needs the money right now.  Tila’s dated and still dates some very highprofile athletes, most recently ShawneMerriman of the San Diego Chargers who could easily foot the legal bill,but I doubt it.  She currently lives in L.A. originally from Houston.

 

Junie Hoang *** (#3Candidate) – Her Bio says she’s from Vietnam, and from timing of it, ifher family came to the states during the Vietnam War.  She went to Texas A&M, so normally I wouldthink an educated person could afford to pay the legal costs, but if she’s afulltime actress, no way. Also since she’s not as high profile as the otherthree mystery candidates with regard to her acting roles, (steady but, smallerjobs) more than likely someone like a boyfriend either in or out of thebusiness is helping her. She suspiciously works with producer/director Greg Carter (also from Houston), consistentlysince 1998. Are they a couple? Also producer/director William Butler since 2008. Is William paying her bills?

 

Camille Chen * (#4Candidate)  - Her family is originallyfrom Taiwan.So again I don’t expect them to be very wealthy. As all the other’s, Camillelives in L.A., but was originally from Houston, by way of Austin.She works consistently, mainly doing commercials i.e. and television. Christian, her husband of three years isalso an actor (although not as well known as Camille).  She could probably find the money to payDozier’s fees but not likely.

Arlene
Arlene

my guess is alot of asian actresses pretend to be younger. so easy for them to get away with. i take it my guess of arden cho is wrong. lol

BamaBama
BamaBama

Probably Nicole Bilderback or Camille Chen, but I agree with Velcro that's is probably Tila Tequila. Looked up Junie Hoang on IMDB. Very beautiful girl. Sexy, but she looks only about 28 yrs old though. Probably not our mystery girl. You guys got it all wrong. The suit doesn't say she started acting in 2003, She upgraded to IMDBPro in 2003! Also the reason for the suit is IMDB/Amazon took info from her credit card illegally, found her real name (i.e.... Xi Li Chan, Biyu Lin - I made these up) THEN found that name in a public database and corresponding age THEN posted THAT age. That's the crime. If you looked up the stage name IMDB has for her on a public database, that stage name mght as well be Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny, because that person would not real or exist. Did you guys read the suit what?

Peapod6224
Peapod6224

oh lord this woman needs to get over herself. if she becomes popular in hollywoord, her age would have come out eventually!! really, is this a problem to sue over! nobody died!

MagnumFirepower
MagnumFirepower

Here are the criteria for identification, in order of how strong they are:

A.  Asian American (but not necessarily born overseas)

B.   "Unknown" (or not well known - but some body of work) in 2003.

C.  Uses an "Americanized" Stage Name.  (Maybe totally anglicized or merely modified Asian)

D.  True Legal Name is unknown publicly.  (How do we know if we do not know the true name?)

E. Date of Birth has been published on IMDB (Public) and is probably still published there (but might have been removed by now).

F.  Lives (domiciled) in Texas at least some of the time.  (This does not mean the person could not have an address elsewhere as well)

G.  Probably between 36 and 42 years old. (born between 69 and 76 -- *Probably*)

H.   Actress Considers herself "lesser known".  (and might be lesser known or almost unknown)

Imdbeing mo
Imdbeing mo

You know what other youthful-looking actress of Asian descent sued IMDB? Hitler.

Anotherbrando
Anotherbrando

How about Susy Nakamura? It says she is from Chicago but that may not be true. I also know for a fact that she was born well before 1973.

scione
scione

It's Jacky Chan!

POW!
POW!

Moon Bloodgood?

mk119
mk119

After reading the comments I can only conclude she's a nobody and remain so.

Arlene
Arlene

anyone said arden cho yet?

HKgreenhaven
HKgreenhaven

Does Ally Maki live in Texas? If she does, it's her! Her IMDb page removed date of birth.

Shall
Shall

How about Di Quon?? Did a search and there's no age or her current place of living ANYWHERE! not even on her fan pages! 

MK
MK

I feel like it'd be Smith Cho or Ally Maki

SSS
SSS

Is the mystery women Jill Whitlow?

Spmblueeyez
Spmblueeyez

I'm not looking thru all the comments....has anyone suggested Bai Ling?

rumcove
rumcove

Ally Maki seems to be a very strong candidate.  She doesn't have any credits before 2002.  If she's approaching 40, so assume she's 39.  First credit was 9 or 10 years ago putting her at 29 or 30.  That seems kind of late to break into acting for a female.  Her bio mentions that she was in a band and they had a contract with Columbia.  This could explain why she got into acting late.  

LDQ
LDQ

Don't know who it is. Only want to know because of the hub bub and the fact that I am totally indignant on how sociaty has imposed an experation date on females. I am a well preserved 40 something and am so tired of getting turned down for gigs that think I am a 30 something and look too old.

Sometimes these things are only red herrings and the true motivation is lost on all but the perpetrator.

Jessjenn90
Jessjenn90

I think it is either Ally Maki or Smith Cho. Neither of their birthday's can be found and they're "given asian" names aren't listed as well. I even checked out the IMDbPro website and was unable to find either of these two things on them. Which is odd considering IMDb did not wish to remove that information from the profile. The only hard evidence, if you can even call it that, is on Ally Maki and a twitter statement where she states how uncomfortable she gets when guys ask about her age. Smith Cho does not have a twitter, facebook, or any other source from what I can find. It almost seems as if Smith Cho is nonexistant right now considering the big movies she has done since the past few years. I don't know for sure but I would probably say either of these two.

Jrclark19
Jrclark19

How about Ally Maki? can't find her age, showed up around 2002, and is very sensitive about her age (see her twitter from August 20). twitter name is heartsmaki

No one of consequence
No one of consequence

I am just looking around for who it is and I came across this thread. I know 100% it is NOT Maggie Q (Q is for Quigley). I graduated with her from Mililani High School in 1997.

Gfunk176
Gfunk176

it's totally candace kita

Caligula97
Caligula97

Two different women with the same last name. One is 5'2"; the other is 5'8"

MagnumFirepower
MagnumFirepower

I examined details of the lives of all of the following women: Smith Cho Christina Chang Grace Park Camille Chen Junie Hoang Ally Maki Candace Kita . Di Quon Maggie Q Jennie Kwan Kelly Hu Michelle Krusiec Stacy Arnell Nicole Bilderback Sandra Oh Tia Carrere Tila Tequila  Eriko Tamura  Keiko Agena Lindsay Price Reiko Aylesworth Sharon Leal Kristin Kreuk Shannyn Sossman leng wong Lucy Alexis Liu  Yunjin Kim Summer Glau Gong Li Bai Ling I determined that these five women are the only ones who have even a shot at being this mystery woman: Smith Cho Camille Chen Junie Hoang Candace Kita . Di Quon

It is entirely possible that NONE of these women is the actress in question, but if she is on that list, I think she can only be one of these last 5 -- and most likely one of these:

Smith ChoJunie HoangCandace Kita

If I knew that Smith Cho had a residence or history with Texas, I would say that it she must be the one. Everything else fits pretty well.

Diane Adams
Diane Adams

Her age is about right. The suit says the actress "is approaching 40". However, two problems. She was born in Chicago and there is no indication on the web she ever lived in Texas. Second, I believe she is too successful. She is busy acting! Thus, she wouldn't waste her time in a lawsuit for not having enough work.

Diane Adams
Diane Adams

Moon Bloodgood is her real name. Her parents are known and have been identified. The suit says the actress has never revealed her birth name in public.

Lotsokids
Lotsokids

Graduated from Apple Valley Senior High School in Apple Valley, Minnesota with the Class of 2003. Too young

Diane Adams
Diane Adams

Too old. The actress "is approaching 40".

Snarky
Snarky

It's not Ally.  She's still under 40 now and when the entire issue originated, the actress was about 40 then.

SuzeeQ1961
SuzeeQ1961

Maybe they read your posts and turn you down because you can't spell!

"I am totally indignant on how sociaty has imposed an experation date on females."

It is "society" and "expiration".  They just might want someone that sounds educated rather than ignorant.

Sorry to be like "Snarky" but it is irritating to read posts that are so full of misspellings when it is so easy to do a quick check of your spelling before posting!  If you take as little pride in your appearance as you do with the appearance of your posts, that could be the reasoning behind you NOT receiving the gigs you are after.  Just a thought.

lou
lou

It is listed on Ally Maki's imbd page that her last name is Matsumura.  She also talked in another article that Maki is her middle name and she became known as Ally Maki when she was in a girl band.  I think she's an awesome guess but i don't think it's her.

Jrclark19
Jrclark19

Also this, 'OA: You’re pretty secretive about your age. Would you say that age discrimination is a big thing when you’re going out for roles? AM: Yes, absolutely. It’s more like knowing a secret before you know them. It kind of ruins the magic or illusion of it. Let’s say I’m going in for a role that’s sixteen and they know that I’m not, they would already look at me and look for things about me that are older. Or if I’m going in for an older role, they’ll go in thinking with preconceived notions or my immaturity. We’re actors and we’re supposed to do a range of things. And thankfully I’m Asian, so you can’t really tell. But it’s not like I’m 30 and I’m definitely not 16–I’m between 16 and 30. I’m in this weird place, to quote Britney Spears, “I’m not a girl, not quite yet a woman.” Hah.'

MagnumFirepower
MagnumFirepower

Upon Further review, I believe:

1.  This actress is obscure and is not on the list of actresses I surveyed.

OR one or more of the following is true:

2.  This actress has managed to include information in the lawsuit that appears to describe her but really does not.  (Especially that she was unknown until 2003 or that her legal name was not known).3.  Her legal name is so hidden behind a story that we *imagine* we know what her legal name is but really don't.4.  This actress may be "domiciled"  in Texas (a legal and tax claim) but doesn't really claim to live there on biographies.

I come to this conclusion because every actresses on the rather large list I produced is disqualified on at least one clue.  Even my short list of three actresses is excluded on at least one factor.

Miu
Miu

Don't listen to Snarky. Think he/she knows everything but already has a hard time comprehending what is written in the article.

Mr. S.
Mr. S.

Cents Wind Dose Spelling Matter? The Smyths, Smythes, and Smits of the world do not thank you for nitpicking on the Net about spelling.

And by the way, it's not a quick check of your spelling, but a quick check of ONE's spelling.Also, incorrect use of reasoning vs. reason.Eh, whatever.What was the real subject again?Oh yea, Smith Cho vs. Ally Maki.I'm thinking Ally Maki, too.-nick schuyler(age withheld by request)

Jessjenn90
Jessjenn90

Yes, I knew that was her last name. I'm talking like along the lines of her native language type name. The same thing as this mystery woman is complaining about. lol. BTW, does anyone know where she got $1,075,000 from? I mean do these people just pull a number out their bums and say "yeah, that works!" I mean really?

lou
lou

 Maki also said this:  “My age is a mystery,” she says coyly. Despite gunning for young adult roles, she is repeatedly given teen roles, which she admits, is not exactly the worst thing ever. “I’m Asian, so I’m going to look young forever. I could be 50 now, no one would know,” she jokes. “I’m going to milk it as long as I can and play high school forever.”Her last name is Matsumura which is listed on imbd page.

Diane Adams
Diane Adams

Excellent research, MF.

Regarding being unknown until 2003... the suit does not say she did not have any acting parts prior to that date. She joined IMDBPro so she could update her profile. She may have added films that were missed by IMDB or non-credited parts.

Why claim a domicile of Texas? In State tuition is the primary reason anyone cares. At her age, perhaps it is because there is no state income tax. However, if a person works and is paid in California they must pay California income tax.

Smith Cho...As you say, no known links to Texas and is living in Hollywood.

Camille Chen...32 is probably too young.

Junie Hoang...Way too successful and busy.

Candace Kita...Possibly. Is from Texas. Her DOB is not listed in IMDB now, but maybe with all the publicity of the suit Amazon decided they better remove it. She says her real name is Candace Bender, but she might have had another Japanese name before Bender.

Di Quon...No DOB listed on IMDB and no known link to Texas. Actually, there is very little personal information published. However, knowing she uses an Americanized stage name because her real name is too difficult for Americans, why choose 'Di Quon'? It is not very  American.

Uncljohn
Uncljohn

"check one's spelling" is 3rd person.

"check your spelling" is 2nd person.

Since SuzeeQ was actually tallking TO LDQ, it would be rude to talk to her in the 3rd person...duh.....

Miu
Miu

You need to reread the article. There is no where in the article that states Jane Doe being well over 40. It simply says that she upgraded to imdbPRO in 2008. In addition, in the suit, she generalizes in a statement that actress approaching 40 have a tougher time finding roles. Now learn to read before you start beating up on people.

Mr. S.
Mr. S.

Yeah - but do we know her age? She seems to "age down" with her publicity pictures - a 30 year old on a skateboard? Bizarre and if it was a 30 year old male, creepy.Who do you think qualifies more? I dont know about the name thing, tho. Matsumura is pretty easy for even Iowans to pronounce. :p

Snarky
Snarky

No, it is not Ally.  The key reason is that this is based on events that happened way back in 2008 - when the actress (Jane Doe) was already "well over" 40 already.  Ally was at that point in her mid 30s and is still below 40.  She gets a pass.

Mr. S.
Mr. S.

75000 was proven lost wages (claimed) - the 1 M is purely punitive - what Amazon would pay the courts / an outside organization, like a "american actresses guild" to compensate - likely just the courts, to be realistic/honest.

lou
lou

i don't think she's from texas though

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