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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, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
Movie Anna May Wong - Frosted Yellow Willows: Her Life, Times and Legend 2007-01-01
Latest Project:
In the movie The Red Lantern 1919-05-04
Known For
Poster of The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong
Poster of Chinatown Charlie
Poster of Souvenirs
Poster of Streets of Shanghai
Movie Anna May Wong - Frosted Yellow Willows: Her Life, Times and Legend Herself (archive footage)
Movie The Savage Innocents Hiku
Series Danger Man Unknown
Movie Just Joe
Movie Portrait in Black Tawny
Series Adventures in Paradise Unknown
Series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp Unknown
Series Climax! Unknown
Series The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong Unknown
Movie Impact Su Lin
Movie Lady from Chungking Kwan Mei
Movie Bombs Over Burma Lin Ying
Movie Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery Lois Ling
Movie Island of Lost Men Kim Ling
Movie King of Chinatown Dr. Mary Ling
Movie When Were You Born Mei Lei Ming
Movie Dangerous to Know Lan Ying
Movie Hollywood Party Herself
Movie Daughter of Shanghai Lan Ying Lin
Movie Limehouse Blues Tu Tuan
Movie Tiger Bay Lui Chang
Movie Java Head Princess Taou Yuen
Movie Chu Chin Chow Zahrat
Movie A Study in Scarlet Mrs. Pyke
Movie Hollywood on Parade
Movie Shanghai Express Hui Fei
Movie Daughter of the Dragon Ling Moy
Movie Flame of Love Unknown
Movie The Flame of Love Hai Tang
Movie Elstree Calling Herself / Katherina in Taming of the Shrew
Movie Pavement Butterfly Hai-Tang
Movie Piccadilly Shosho
Movie Across to Singapore Singapore Saloon Girl (uncredited)
Movie Souvenirs The Captain's Chinese Love
Movie Chinatown Charlie Mandarin's Sweetheart
Movie The Crimson City
Movie Song Song
Movie Streets of Shanghai Su Quan
Movie The Devil Dancer Sada
Movie The Chinese Parrot Unknown
Movie Old San Francisco A Flower of the Orient
Movie Why Girls Love Sailors Delamar (scenes deleted)
Movie The Honorable Mr. Buggs Baroness Stoloff
Movie Mr. Wu Loo Song
Movie Driven from Home Unknown
Movie A Trip to Chinatown Ohati
Movie The Desert's Toll Oneta
Movie The Silk Bouquet Dragon Horse
Movie Fifth Avenue Nan Lo
Movie Forty Winks Annabelle Wu
Movie His Supreme Moment Harem Girl in Play (uncredited)
Movie Peter Pan Tiger Lily
Movie The Alaskan Keok
Movie The Fortieth Door Zira
Movie The Thief of Bagdad The Mongol Slave
Movie Lilies of the Field
Movie Drifting Rose Li
Movie Mary of the Movies Anna May Wong (uncredited)
Movie The Toll of the Sea Lotus Flower
Movie Bits of Life Toy Sing, Chin Chow's Wife
Movie Shame Lotus Blossom
Movie A Tale of Two Worlds
Movie The First Born
Movie Outside the Law Chinese Girl (uncredited)
Movie Dinty Half Moon
Movie The Red Lantern Eurasian woman (uncredited)