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Anna May Wong (January 3, 1905 – February 3, 1961) was an American actress, the first Chinese American movie star, and the first Asian American to become an international star. Her long and varied career spanned both silent and sound film, television, stage, and radio.

Born near the Chinatown neighborhood of Los Angeles to second-generation Chinese-American parents, Wong became infatuated with the movies and began acting in films at an early age. During the silent film era, she acted in The Toll of the Sea (1922), one of the first movies made in color and Douglas Fairbanks' The Thief of Bagdad (1924). Wong became a fashion icon, and by 1924 had achieved international stardom.

Frustrated by the stereotypical supporting roles she reluctantly played in Hollywood, she left for Europe in the late 1920s, where she starred in several notable plays and films, among them Piccadilly (1929).

She spent the first half of the 1930s traveling between the United States and Europe for film and stage work. Wong was featured in films of the early sound era, such as Daughter of the Dragon (1931) and Daughter of Shanghai (1937), and with Marlene Dietrich in Josef von Sternberg's Shanghai Express (1932).

In 1935 Wong was dealt the most severe disappointment of her career, when Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer refused to consider her for the leading role in its film version of Pearl S. Buck's The Good Earth, choosing instead the German actress Luise Rainer to play the leading role. Wong spent the next year touring China, visiting her family's ancestral village and studying Chinese culture. In the late 1930s, she starred in several B movies for Paramount Pictures, portraying Chinese-Americans in a positive light. She paid less attention to her film career during World War II, when she devoted her time and money to helping the Chinese cause against Japan. Wong returned to the public eye in the 1950s in several television appearances as well as her own series in 1951, The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong, the first U.S. television show starring an Asian-American. She had been planning to return to film in Flower Drum Song when she died in 1961, at the age of 56.

For decades after her death, Wong was remembered principally for the stereotypical "Dragon Lady" and demure "Butterfly" roles that she was often given. Her life and career were re-evaluated in the years around the centennial of her birth, in three major literary works and film retrospectives. Interest in her life story continues and another biography, Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story, was published in 2009.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Anna May Wong, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Anna May Wong (January 3, 1905 – February 3, 1961) was an American actress, the first Chinese American movie star, and the first Asian American to become an international star. Her long and varied career spanned both silent and sound film, television, stage, and radio.

Born near the Chinatown neighborhood of Los Angeles to second-generation Chinese-American parents, Wong became infatuated with the movies and began acting in films at an early age. During the silent film era, she acted in The Toll of the Sea (1922), one of the first movies made in color and Douglas Fairbanks' The Thief of Bagdad (1924). Wong became a fashion icon, and by 1924 had achieved international stardom.

Frustrated by the stereotypical supporting roles she reluctantly played in Hollywood, she left for Europe in the late 1920s, where she starred in several notable plays and films, among them Piccadilly (1929).

She spent the first half of the 1930s traveling between the United States and Europe for film and stage work. Wong was featured in films of the early sound era, such as Daughter of the Dragon (1931) and Daughter of Shanghai (1937), and with Marlene Dietrich in Josef von Sternberg's Shanghai Express (1932).

In 1935 Wong was dealt the most severe disappointment of her career, when Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer refused to consider her for the leading role in its film version of Pearl S. Buck's The Good Earth, choosing instead the German actress Luise Rainer to play the leading role. Wong spent the next year touring China, visiting her family's ancestral village and studying Chinese culture. In the late 1930s, she starred in several B movies for Paramount Pictures, portraying Chinese-Americans in a positive light. She paid less attention to her film career during World War II, when she devoted her time and money to helping the Chinese cause against Japan. Wong returned to the public eye in the 1950s in several television appearances as well as her own series in 1951, The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong, the first U.S. television show starring an Asian-American. She had been planning to return to film in Flower Drum Song when she died in 1961, at the age of 56.

For decades after her death, Wong was remembered principally for the stereotypical "Dragon Lady" and demure "Butterfly" roles that she was often given. Her life and career were re-evaluated in the years around the centennial of her birth, in three major literary works and film retrospectives. Interest in her life story continues and another biography, Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story, was published in 2009.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Anna May Wong, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 46

Birthday 1905-01-03

Day of Death 1961-02-02

Place of Birth Los Angeles, California, USA

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Also Known As

  • Wong Liu Tsong
  • Anna Mae Wong

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2007 Anna May Wong - Frosted Yellow Willows: Her Life, Times and Legend as Herself (archive footage)
1960 Danger Man (1 episode)
1960 Portrait in Black as Tawny
1960 Just Joe
1960 The Savage Innocents as Hiku
1959 Adventures in Paradise (1 episode)
1955 The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1 episode)
1954 Climax! (2 episodes)
1951 The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong (9 episodes)
1949 Impact as Su Lin
1942 Lady from Chungking as Kwan Mei
1942 Bombs Over Burma as Lin Ying
1941 Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery as Lois Ling
1939 Island of Lost Men as Kim Ling
1939 King of Chinatown as Dr. Mary Ling
1938 When Were You Born? as Mei Lei Ming
1938 Dangerous to Know as Lan Ying
1937 Daughter of Shanghai as Lan Ying Lin
1937 Hollywood Party as Herself
1934 Limehouse Blues as Tu Tuan
1934 Tiger Bay as Lui Chang
1934 Java Head as Princess Taou Yuen
1934 Chu Chin Chow as Zahrat
1933 A Study in Scarlet as Mrs. Pyke
1932 Hollywood on Parade
1932 Shanghai Express as Hui Fei
1931 Daughter of the Dragon as Ling Moy
1930 The Flame of Love as Hai Tang
1930 Elstree Calling as Herself / Katherina in Taming of the Shrew
1929 Pavement Butterfly as Hai-Tang
1929 Piccadilly as Shosho
1928 Across to Singapore as Singapore Saloon Girl (uncredited)
1928 Song as Song
1927 The Devil Dancer as Sada
1927 The Chinese Parrot
1927 Old San Francisco as A Flower of the Orient
1927 Mr. Wu as Loo Song
1925 His Supreme Moment as Harem Girl in Play (uncredited)
1924 Peter Pan as Tiger Lily
1924 The Alaskan as Keok
1924 The Thief of Bagdad as The Mongol Slave
1923 Drifting as Rose Li
1922 The Toll of the Sea as Lotus Flower
1920 Outside the Law as Chinese Girl (uncredited)
1920 Dinty as Half Moon
1919 The Red Lantern as Eurasian woman (uncredited)

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