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'Jane Doe' actress appeals IMDb verdict

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By Tim Kenneally

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Huong "Junie" Hoang, the actress who sued IMDb for revealing her real age on her IMDb Pro profile, isn't taking no for an answer.

Hoang, who lost her case against IMDb in April after a jury ruled in the online movie database's favor, has filed a notice of appeal in the case. Hoang is filing with the Ninth Circuit court of appeals.

Hoang filed suit against IMDb anonymously in October 2011, claiming that IMDb damaged her career by revealing her age after she signed up for the site's subscription service, IMDbPro. Hoang claimed that the site had obtained her age when she used her credit card to sign up for IMDbPro.

Hoang, who had also named IMDb parent company Amazon in the suit, was seeking $1 million.

"In the entertainment industry, youth is king," the original complaint read. "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." (According to Hoang's IMDb profile, she is currently 41.)

A judge later told Hoang that she must reveal her name if she wanted to continue the suit.

The actress' credits include appearances in offerings such as "1000 Ways to Die" and "I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant."

An Amazon spokeswoman has not yet responded to TheWrap's request for comment, nor has Hoang's attorney.

(Pamela Chelin contributed to this report)

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