Kim Sang Eun, known by the stage name Lee Ji Ah, is a South Korean actress whose breakout role was in the 2007 “The Legend”. Her grandfather is educator Kim Soon Heung, one of the patrons for the creation of Seoul Arts High School, and was chairman of Kyunggi High School but was later identified in 2009 as a chinilpa. Her father was a businessman. She was in the sixth grade when their family moved to the U.S. and stayed there for 10 years. She majored in graphic design at the Pasadena Art Center College of Design. She speaks Korean, English, and Japanese.
During a brief visit to Korea in 2004, she made her entertainment debut by appearing in an LG Telecom TV commercial. She left the U.S. and returned to Korea in early 2005 and legally changed her name from Kim Sang Eun to Kim Ji Ah and adopted the new name as her stage name.
Lee was secretly married to South Korean singer, musician, songwriter, and record producer Seo Taiji from 1997-2006. The news of their relationship came out when Lee filed for divorce.