Here's a mystery for you film buffs out there: There's an Asian-American actress who lives in Texas, is around 40 years old but perhaps doesn't look it, and doesn't use her real name or age. In fact, this actress' ability to get work might be adversely affected if someone were to know her real name and age.
So: Who is she?
I ask because such an actor has just filed a $1,075,000 lawsuit in a Seattle court against Amazon scion IMDb for "revealing her age" and "her real Asian name."
According to court documents the woman, listed as "Jane Doe," is claiming that IMDb has severely hindered her career by posting her stats.
The actress' attorney lays out the framework for why the secrecy of her actual name and age is of vital importance.
Prior to and throughout her acting career, Plaintiff has only and always presented herself to the public by her American stage name, and has exercised extreme care in maintaining the confidentiality of her true legal name and personal information associated with her legal name by concealing this information from the public, and never linking or associating her legal name or personal information with her American stage name.
. . . 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," therefore, casting directors, producers, directors, agents/managers, etc. do not give her the same opportunities, regardless of her appearance or talent.
The actress says that IMDb got her name and age by using the credit-card information and other info she provided when she signed up for IMDb Pro, an industry-specific portion of the site designed for movie professionals. Apparently she didn't think that the website would actually use the data provided to accurately portray her.
At any rate, I'm extremely curious as to who this actress is. And I'm willing to buy beers for anyone who can figure it out.