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Anna May Wong

​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.

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Jan 3, 1905 In Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Red Lantern 1919-05-04
Latest Project:
Movie Anna May Wong - Frosted Yellow Willows: Her Life, Times and Legend 2007-01-01
Known For
Poster of The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong
Poster of Shanghai Express
Poster of The Flame of Love
Poster of Peter Pan
Movie Anna May Wong - Frosted Yellow Willows: Her Life, Times and Legend Herself (archive footage) 2007-01-01
Movie Just Joe 1960-07-01
Movie The Savage Innocents Hiku 1960-03-20
Movie Portrait in Black Tawny 1960-07-27
Series Danger Man Unknown 1960-09-11
Series Adventures in Paradise Unknown 1959-10-05
Series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp Unknown 1955-09-06
Series The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong 1951-08-27
Movie Impact Su Lin 1949-03-20
Movie Bombs Over Burma Lin Ying 1942-06-05
Movie Lady from Chungking Kwan Mei 1942-12-21
Movie Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery Lois Ling 1941-03-24
Movie King of Chinatown Dr. Mary Ling 1939-03-17
Movie Island of Lost Men Kim Ling 1939-08-16
Movie Dangerous to Know Lan Ying 1938-03-11
Movie When Were You Born? Mei Lei Ming 1938-06-18
Movie Daughter of Shanghai Lan Ying Lin 1937-12-17
Movie Hollywood Party Herself 1937-04-03
Movie Java Head Princess Taou Yuen 1934-07-31
Movie Chu Chin Chow Zahrat 1934-05-01
Movie Limehouse Blues Tu Tuan 1934-12-11
Movie Tiger Bay Lui Chang 1934-09-01
Movie A Study in Scarlet Mrs. Pyke 1933-05-14
Movie Shanghai Express Hui Fei 1932-02-03
Movie Hollywood on Parade 1932-06-05
Movie Daughter of the Dragon Ling Moy 1931-09-05
Movie The Flame of Love Hai Tang 1930-03-30
Movie Elstree Calling Herself / Katherina in Taming of the Shrew 1930-02-01
Movie Hai-Tang. Der Weg zur Schande Hai-Tang 1930-02-26
Movie Piccadilly Shosho 1929-02-01
Movie Pavement Butterfly Hai-Tang 1929-04-09
Movie Across to Singapore Singapore Saloon Girl (uncredited) 1928-04-07
Movie Song Song 1928-08-21
Movie The Devil Dancer Sada 1927-11-03
Movie Mr. Wu Loo Song 1927-03-26
Movie Old San Francisco A Flower of the Orient 1927-09-04
Movie The Chinese Parrot 1927-10-23
Movie His Supreme Moment Harem Girl in Play (uncredited) 1925-04-12
Movie The Thief of Bagdad The Mongol Slave 1924-03-18
Movie Peter Pan Tiger Lily 1924-12-29
Movie The Alaskan Keok 1924-09-14
Movie Outside the Law Chinese Girl (uncredited) 1921-01-06
Movie Dinty Half Moon 1920-11-21
Movie The Red Lantern Eurasian woman (uncredited) 1919-05-04
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