Anna May Wong: From Laundryman's Daughter to Hollywood Legend

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Palgrave Macmillan, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 284 pages
Anna May Wong is undoubtedly, one of the most well-known and most popular Chinese-American actresses ever to have graced the silver screen. Between 1919 and 1960, she starred in over 50 movies. She shared equal billing with Douglas Fairbanks Sr, Marlene Dietrich and Werner Oland. Her life, though, is almost the prototypical story of an immigrant's difficult path through assimilation into American culture. children born to a laundryman and his wife. Her life in Los Angeles fuelled her fascination with Hollywood and in 1919 she secured a small part in her first film, The Red Lantern. Her most famous film roles were in Thief of Baghdad, Old San Francisco and, most of all, Shanghai Express opposite La Dietrich. Discrimination against Asians continued, however, and when it came time to make a film version of Pearl Buck's The Good Earth, she was passed over for the role that was ultimately given to Luise Rainer. Apparently, Wong was too Asian for the role.

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I'm currently reading this biography and it's fascinating. I really appreciate the photographs of her and her family in the middle of the book, though I wish there was more. Anna May was such a ... Read full review

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Anna May Wong is a fascinating person. It would be nice if Gao Hodges didn't have her on such a pedastal, then *maybe* he could be a little more objective about his subject. Maybe he'd give her some ... Read full review

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Graham Russell Hodges is Professor of History at Colgate University.

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