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1905 - 1961
The actress Anna May Wong was born as Wong Liu Tsong in Los Angeles. Still at school she became a model for a photographer. She was early interested in the film business, and since she grew up in the centre of the film industry she was able to do her first step to this medium soon.
Her cousin, the actor James Wong showed a picture of Anna May Wong to a producer and as a result she got a small part in the today no longer existing movie "Dinty" (18). Three years later followed to more appearances in the movies "Shame" (21) and "Bits of Life" (21).
In the following years she went up the leader of success step by step
with "The Toll of the Sea" (22), "Drifting" (23) and "Lilies of the Field"
(24). When she impersonated a slave girl in the movie "The Thief of Bagdad"
(24), the audience became aware of her. With this movie she became the
first Chinese-American star of box-office hits.
She managed the transition to the sound film era smoothly and worked in the USA as well in Europe in the following years. To her well-known talkies belong "The Flame of Love" (30), "Der Weg zur Schande" (30), the classic "Shanghai Express" (32) with Marlene Dietrich, "Tiger Bay" (34) and "Dangerous to Know" (38).
The career of Anna May Wong stagneted in the 40's. Her melodramatic
performances weren't much in demand longer and the arising racism in the
USA also had a part of the dwindling demand. She appeared in this decade
only in few movies - "Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery" (41), "Bombs Over
Burma" (43), "Lady from Chungking" (43) and "Impact" (49).
Other movies with Anna May Wong: