Availability

Image size(s)
  • High-res JPEG, 4.25 MB, 4600 × 3948 px
  • Medium-res JPEG, 0.39 MB, 1024 × 879 px
  • Low-res JPEG, 0.16 MB, 600 × 515 px
Copyright
The copyright status of this image is either dependent on the territories into which you are publishing or is undetermined due to limited information on the creator. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Details

IMAGE number
PFH3061478
Title
China / USA: Anna May Wong, Chinese-American movie star, c. 1938
Description
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, T
Credit
Pictures from History / Bridgeman Images
Keywords
  • actor
  • actress
  • american
  • asia
  • asia image
  • asia pictures
  • asian
  • asian image
  • asian images
  • asian pictures
  • china
  • chinese
  • chinese cinema
  • cinema
  • historical
  • historical images
  • historical pictures
  • history
  • history images
  • history pictures
  • movie star
  • old shanghai
  • overseas chinese
  • shanghai
  • sino-american
  • usa
  • woman
  • women

Lightbox


Select lightbox


Metadata



Back to top