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October 16, 2019

25 Fabulous Photos of Anna May Wong Taken by Carl Van Vechten in the Early 1930s

Born in Los Angeles to second-generation Toisonese (Taishanese)-Chinese-American parents, American actress Anna May Wong became infatuated with the movies and began acting in films at an early age.


During the silent film era, she acted in The Toll of the Sea (1922), one of the first movies made in color and Douglas Fairbanks' The Thief of Bagdad (1924), and also became a fashion icon and had achieved international stardom in 1924.

Wong considered to be the first Chinese American Hollywood movie star, as well as the first Chinese American actress to gain international recognition. Her long and varied career spanned silent film, sound film, television, stage, and radio.

In 1951, Wong made history with her television show The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong, the first ever U.S. television show starring an Asian American series lead. She had been planning to return to film in Flower Drum Song when she died in 1961, at the age of 56 from a heart attack.

Take a look at these fabulous photos of young Anna May Wong taken by photographer Carl Van Vechten in the early 1930s.



























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