An Exotic Legal Fight
Baby-faced Exotic Dancers of Houston actress loses lawsuit over real age outing
Everyone knows it's not polite to ask a lady her age, but apparently the Internet Movie Database — colloquially known as IMDb — doesn't care.
Minor Houston-reared actress Huong Hoang, who goes by the stage name of Junie Hoang, initially signed up for an IMDb Pro account using a false birth year.
Like any up-and-coming actress with a sense of self-preservation would, Hoang fudged her birth year.
Though she was born in 1971, the baby-faced Hoang plays characters much younger than her in such B movies as Gingerdead Man 2: Passion of the Crust and Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaverand reality TV series like Exotic Dancers of Houston and I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant.
Therefore, like any up-and-coming actress with a sense of self-preservation would, Hoang fudged her birth year to read 1978. A few years later, panicking at the approach of her would-be 30th year in 2008, she asked to have the birthday removed from her IMDb profile.
The company, owned by Amazon.com, said that the date could be removed from her profile only if Hoang could provide evidence that it was incorrectly listed.
IMDb proceeded to use her account information to find her real name, then used her real name to find her true birthday, then subsequently published that date.
Hoang filed suit 2011, claiming that "offers for roles dried up" once her real age was known. A federal jury in Seattle rejected Hoang's claim against IMDb this week.
"My hope was that it would make a change in the database," Hoang told the Associated Press. "I knew it was a problem not just for me but for anyone else who had their age on their profile."