Anna MAY WONG - image by Erik Weems

Anna May Wong

Anna May Wong 1905-1961

Actress Anna May Wong, appeared in Shanghai Express (1932) Directed by Josef von Sternberg, among many other films.

She was born Wong Liu Tsong on January 3, 1905, in Los Angeles, California. Her first film appearance was as an uncredited extra in the 1919 silent film The Red Lantern.

Her career has received intense study and evaluation (or re-evaluation) by film historians seeking to document the role of oriental actors in American Cinema. As Wong had a long and varied career from silent film up to 1961 American television, and was one of the few minority actors to achieve full-"star" status, she has become a beacon for academics, film writers, and the subject of film revivals.

Her final credit was in an appearance in 1961 for the television program "The Barbara Stanwyck Show."

Dragon by the Tail: The Barbara Stanwyck TV Show

Director: Jacques Tourneur - Broadcast by NBC January 30, 1961

Season 1, Episode 17

Original page April 2013 | Updated Aug 2015

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