This is the 40-year-old actress suing Amazon for revealing her age

Junie Hoang

The 40-year-old actress who sued Amazon.com’s Internet Movie Database (IMDb) for revealing her age disclosed her identity in a court filing this afternoon, after the judge in the case said she couldn’t proceed with her suit anonymously.

She is Huong Hoang, known by the stage name Junie Hoang, whose recent credits include the comedy/horror flick “Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver,” and the TV series “I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant,” according to her IMDb profile.

Hoang says in the suit that IMDb wrongly used the account information she provided to sign up for an IMDb Pro subscription to glean her birthdate and display it on her public profile — revealing to the public that she “is many years older than she looks.”

The complaint continues, “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.”

Read the full complaint here: PDF, 13 pages.

Lawyers for Amazon.com wrote in a previous court filing, “Plaintiff’s attempt to manipulate the federal court system so she can censor IMDb.com’s display of her birthdate and pretend to the world that she is not 40 years old is selfish, contrary to the public interest and a frivolous abuse of this court’s resources.”

  • http://jobferral.com Stephen Medawar

    I hope you don’t get sued for posting her picture…haha

  • http://eyejot.com/users/davidg davidgeller

    If they took information from her personal account or IMDB account profile (which appears to be the case) and correlated and associated those data with their IMDB listings then I can understand her point of view. I’d be worried if there weren’t clear information walls between their various products and data stores. Of course, that’s only my opinion. My guess is that there’s probably some super tiny, complicated legal agreement we’ve all agreed to without reviewing that grants them those rights. Doesn’t make it right, though.

  • D. D.

    Really Todd? This is the best you could do? Great reporting scoop. Now pat yourself on the back. Bravo. 
    (back to real news and not on some vulgar capitalizing on someone else’s misery)

  • RobertinSeattle

    Give me a break! “Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver” and “Hoodrats 2: Hoodrat Warriors.”? Ha Ha Ha!

    Sounds like her career was already over before it began. Only in Hollywood would anyone even seriously consider filing such an idiotic suit. A new twist on that old saying, “On the Internet, no one knows you’re a dog!” changed to “On IMDb, no one knows your age!” Jeff Bezos – have a good laugh.

    That said, perhaps Ms. Hoang is simply looking for as much publicity as she can grab before she even fades into the back pages of IMDb.

  • Starla

    she looks 40.