Saturday, January 3, 2009

Anna May Wong

Anna May Wong, born Wong Liu Tsong on the 3rd January 1905, to a traditional family that did not support her ambition, is the only Asian-American actress to have achieved stardom during Hollywood’s Golden Age.

In her youth she went to hundreds of motion pictures and studied the actors. She remained single to avoid a conventional Chinese marriage that could endanger her career. With her beauty and grace, she gradually became the darling of the intelligentsia, inspiring poems, songs, and crowds of admirers in the British Isles, Europe, and China.

During World War II, she toured the United States, New Zealand, and Australia for the benefit of the Chinese war relief. She left a legacy of some 60 film appearances, numerous stage and television shows, and several radio spots.

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