Born in Eunpyong-Gu (Gija-Chon), a borough of Seoul, Lee moved to the United States in 1978. She attended Ohio State University on a scholarship for three years.
Lee has worked as an Actress, appearing in films such as A Night On the Water (1998), Error in Judgment (1998), Chain of Command (2000), Nurse Betty (2000), This Girl's Life (2003), National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure (2003), and as Ferrari in The Girl Next Door (2004). She has also appeared on television, in the Queen of Swords episode "The Dragon" (2001) and landing roles such as DC Comics villain Lady Shiva in 2002's Birds of Prey and the waitress Sophie on the soap opera Days of Our Lives. She also starred on The King of Queens in the 2002 episode "Holy Mackerel". In 2007 she played Tricia Tanaka in the Lost episode "Tricia Tanaka Is Dead" and also appeared in the series premiere of the FOX sitcom Back to You. In 2009, Lee appeared in the action film The Art of War III: Retribution (2009) as Sun Yi, and as Crystal in the comedy Tripping Forward (2009).
In February 2011, Lee announced that her website was closing down shortly. She noted that her life was too busy with her one-year-old daughter to keep it running.