Anna May Wong By Graham Russell Gao Hodges

  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Release date: 05-30-23

Anna May Wong By Graham Russell Gao Hodges AudioBook Summary

Anna May Wong remains one of Hollywood’s best-known Chinese American actors.

Between 1919 and 1960, Anna May Wong starred in over fifty movies, sharing billing with stars such as Douglas Fairbanks Sr., Marlene Dietrich, Joan Crawford, Ramon Novarro, and Warner Oland. Her life, though, is the prototypical story of an immigrant’s difficult path through the prejudices of American culture.

Born in Los Angeles in 1905, she was the second daughter of seven children born to a laundryman and his wife. Childhood experience fueled her fascination with Hollywood. By 1919 she secured a small part in her first film, The Red Lantern, and she continued to act up until her death. Her most famous film roles were in The Toll of the SeaPeter PanThe Thief of BaghdadOld San Francisco, and Shanghai Express.

But discrimination against Asiana, in both in the film industry and society, was commonplace, and when it came time to make a film version of Pearl Buck’s The Good Earth, she was passed over for the Chinese female lead role, which was ultimately given to the white actor Luise Rainer.

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