Anna May Wong

American actress Anna May Wong

Anna May Wong was an American actress, the first Chinese American movie star, and the first Asian American to become an international star. Her long and varied career spanned both silent and sound film, television, stage, and radio. Born near the Chinatown neighborhood of Los Angeles to second-generation Chinese-American parents, Wong became infatuated with the movies and began acting in films at an early age.
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Santa Monica

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There's money in burial land, says expert - The Borneo Post
Google News - over 6 years
Also present were Padawan Municipal Council (PMC) chairman Lo Khere Chiang, Kuching Memorial Services' feng shui master Ricky Siaw and managing director Anna Wong. Siaw revealed that Kuching Memorial Services also had interest free in-house loans and
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Solon Swim Club To Host USA Summer Sectionals - Patch.com
Google News - over 6 years
... Katherine Mitchell (Wheaton College), Dana Lautenschlager (Solon High School), Anna Wong (Solon High School), Mary Motch (Hathaway Brown) and Kelsey McRill (Solon High School). Motch, at age 13, will be one of the youngest swimmers in the meet
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Win Anna May Wong Titles – Java Head & Tiger Bay on DVD - HeyUGuys.co.uk
Google News - over 6 years
To mark the release of the Anna Wong double bill including Java Head and Tiger Bay on DVD now, Optimum Home Entertainment have been given three copies to give away! Anna May Wong (1905 – 1961) was the first Asian American movie star to become an
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Rotorua Stage Challenge: JPC do it again - The Daily Post
Google News - over 6 years
"We have worked so hard and we we all did such a good job. I think we really got our theme across." Judges described their performance as great and that the students "gave it their all". Anna Wong-Toi, 16, said it felt amazing to be named the winners,
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Berkeley Artist 'Yarnbombs' Stanford's Cantor Arts Center - Patch.com
Google News - almost 7 years
Anna Wong, a friend and fellow expert knitter, spent several hours working side by side with Streetcolor. “I think what I enjoy the most is the camaraderie to be in this community of artists,” said Wong, who is a kindergarten teacher at Jefferson
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Ballarat Health Services seeking buddies - Ballarat Courier
Google News - almost 7 years
BHS physiotherapist Anna Wong Shee said it was hoped to extend the program to the Base hospital's acute wards. She said typical volunteer activities included sitting with patients and doing one-to-one activities, such as playing cards, jigsaws,
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Lutherville Mom Attempts World Record for Changing Cloth Diapers - Patch.com
Google News - almost 7 years
Anna Wong organized the Baltimore area's contribution to the world record attempt. Anna and Chris Wong of Lutherville use cloth diapers on their 18-month-old son, Colin, and are committed environmentalists. Anna operates Baltimore's only cloth diaper
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温东6年班华裔男生患血癌不富裕 小学「剃头」筹款 - 加拿大家园网
Google News - almost 7 years
她称,校方向学生家长发出参加表格後反应不俗,且获得一名华裔家长Anna Wong充当「理发师」,为参加者剪发。该筹款活动已在前日在室内操场举行,墙上并挂上一幅呼吁学生支持钱同学的筹款活动和支持钱同学战胜癌魔的
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Vancouver students shave heads in solidarity with cancer-stricken schoolmate - Vancouver Courier
Google News - almost 7 years
Parent volunteer Anna Wong took less than five minutes to shave off 11-year-old Jacob Schoeber's hair Wednesday. Schoeber's classmates at Franklin elementary cheered as his mop of brown hair transformed into a crew cut. He was one of 15 students—14
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William H. Gleysteen Jr., 76, China Expert
NYTimes - about 15 years
William H. Gleysteen Jr., an expert on China who was United States ambassador to South Korea in a period of acute political turbulence there in the late 1970's, died on Dec. 6 in Washington. He was 76. The cause was acute leukemia, according to the Council on Foreign Relations, where he had worked after leaving the diplomatic service. As ambassador
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Art Slips on Thin Ice
NYTimes - about 26 years
The chainsaws were buzzing, the planers were planing away the rough spots, the measuring tapes were measuring. Finally, a week late, 35 Chinese ice sculptors were stacking and shaping their giant see-through bricks into two giant melting phoenixes. Creating a pair of birds like the one in ancient Egyptian mythology that consumed itself in fire only
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COOKING SCHOOLS: WHEN, WHERE, WHAT, HOW MUCH
NYTimes - over 33 years
A la Bonne Cocotte, 23 Eighth Avenue; 212-675-7736. Course: Techniques based on menus. French home-style cooking to regional cooking, haute cuisine and baking. Instructor: Lydie Pinoy Marshall. Cost: Four lessons, $280. Morning and evening classes. Classes begin: Oct. 2. Type: Participation. Maximum number in class: 10. Wendy Berry's Cooking
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COOKING SCHOOLS: HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT ONE
NYTimes - over 34 years
2d SUB COOKLIST-A - C6 A la Bonne Cocotte, 23 Eighth Avenue, 675-7736. Course: French home-style cooking; regional and haute cuisine; baking included. Techniques based on menus. Instructor: Lydie Pinoy Marshall. Cost: Four lessons, $270. Morning and evening classes. Classes begin: Fall sessions full; winter sessions begin Nov. 17. Type:
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THE GUIDE TO NEW YORK COOKING SCHOOLS: WHERE TO LOOK TO LEARN NEW CUISINES
NYTimes - over 35 years
The cooking schools listed on these pages were reviewed by Moira Hodgson and Bryan Miller. Judgments are based on the personality of the teacher and his or her knowledge of the subject, and the quality of the ingredients, kitchen and equipment used. Most of the classes were visited within the last two years. Alliance Fran,caise, 22 East 60th
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GOING OUT GUIDE
NYTimes - almost 36 years
TWO CHINAS We have had visits from just about everything in the arts from China, but all of a sudden photography is the big item, with two exhibitions in two different locations. Each features work by Chinese photographers representing news and other professional organizations. The first to open was ''The Eye of China,'' to be seen through June 3
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THE GUIDE TO NEW YORK COOKING SCHOOLS: WHERE TO LOOK TO LEARN WHICH CUISINE
NYTimes - over 36 years
The cooking schools on these pages were reviewed by Florence Fabricant and Moira Hodgson. This article was written by Mrs. Fabricant. DURING the last few years cooking schools around the city have been changing. An increasingly sophisticated level of student is enrolling for classes and, along with this, the quality of teaching has improved and the
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    FIFTIES
  • 1961
    Age 56
    She was scheduled to play the role of Madame Liang in the film production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song, but was unable to take the role due to failing health. On February 3, 1961, at the age of 56, Wong died of a heart attack as she slept at home in Santa Monica, two days after her final screen performance on the television show The Barbara Stanwyck Show.
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  • 1960
    Age 55
    In 1960, Wong returned to film in Portrait in Black, starring Lana Turner.
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    For her contribution to the film industry, Anna May Wong received a star at 1708 Vine Street on the inauguration of the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.
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  • 1956
    Age 51
    In 1956, Wong hosted one of the first U.S. documentaries on China narrated entirely by a Chinese American.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1953
    Age 48
    In late 1953 she suffered an internal hemorrhage, which her brother attributed to the onset of menopause, her continued heavy drinking, and financial worries.
  • 1951
    Age 46
    From August 27 to November 21, 1951, Wong starred in a detective series that was written specifically for her, the DuMont Television Network series The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong, in which she played the title role which used her birth name.
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  • 1949
    Age 44
    In 1949, Wong's father died in Los Angeles at the age of 91.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1939
    Age 34
    Being sick of the negative typecasting that had enveloped her throughout her American career, Anna May Wong visited Australia for over 3 months in 1939.
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    Between 1939 and 1942, she made few films, instead engaging in events and appearances in support of the Chinese struggle against Japan.
  • 1938
    Age 33
    In 1938, having auctioned off her movie costumes and donated the money to Chinese aid, the Chinese Benevolent Association of California honored Wong for her work in support of Chinese refugees.
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  • 1937
    Age 32
    In October 1937, the press carried rumors that Wong had plans to marry her male co-star in this film, childhood friend and Korean-American actor Philip Ahn.
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  • 1936
    Age 31
    Embarking in January 1936, she chronicled her experiences in a series of articles printed in U.S. newspapers such as the New York Herald Tribune, the Los Angeles Examiner, the Los Angeles Times, and Photoplay.
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  • 1935
    Age 30
    Wong returned to the U.S. in June 1935 with the goal of obtaining the role of O-lan, the lead female character in MGM's film version of The Good Earth.
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    She also appeared in the King George Silver Jubilee program in 1935.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1934
    Age 29
    In both America and Europe, Wong had been seen as a fashion icon for over a decade. In 1934, the Mayfair Mannequin Society of New York voted her "The World's best-dressed woman" and in 1938 Look magazine named her "The World's most beautiful Chinese girl".
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  • 1932
    Age 27
    The most virulent criticism came from the Nationalist government, but China's intellectuals and liberals were not always so opposed to Wong, as demonstrated when Peking University awarded the actress an honorary doctorate in 1932.
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  • 1931
    Age 26
    Wong began using her newfound celebrity to make political statements: late in 1931, for example, she wrote a harsh criticism of the Mukden Incident and Japan's subsequent invasion of Manchuria.
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  • 1930
    Age 25
    Following her return to Hollywood in 1930, Wong repeatedly turned to the stage and cabaret for a creative outlet. In November 1930, Anna May's mother was run over and killed by an automobile in front of the Figueroa Street house.
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    Ironically, Wong caught their eye and she was offered a contract with Paramount Studios in 1930.
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  • 1929
    Age 24
    Wong made her last silent film, Piccadilly, in 1929, the first of five English films in which she had a starring role.
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  • 1928
    Age 23
    Tired of being both typecast and being passed over for lead Asian character roles in favor of non-Asian actresses, Wong left Hollywood in 1928 for Europe.
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  • 1926
    Age 21
    In 1926, Wong put the first rivet into the structure of Grauman's Chinese Theatre when she joined Norma Talmadge for its groundbreaking ceremony, although she was not invited to leave her hand- and foot-prints in cement.
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  • 1925
    Age 20
    In early 1925 she joined a group of serial stars on a tour of the vaudeville circuits; when the tour proved to be a failure, Wong and the rest of the group returned to Hollywood.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1924
    Age 19
    Wong continued to be offered exotic supporting roles, playing indigenous native girls in two 1924 films.
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    In March 1924, planning to make films about Chinese myths, she signed a deal creating Anna May Wong Productions; when her business partner was found to be engaging in dishonest practices, Wong brought a lawsuit against him and the company was dissolved.
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  • 1923
    Age 18
    Still optimistic about a film career, in 1923 Wong said: "Pictures are fine and I'm getting along all right, but it's not so bad to have the laundry back of you, so you can wait and take good parts and be independent when you're climbing."
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  • 1921
    Age 16
    In 1921, Wong received her first screen credit for Bits of Life, the first anthology film, in which she played the wife of Lon Chaney's character, Toy Ling, in a segment entitled "Hop".
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    Finding it difficult to keep up with both her schoolwork and her passion, she dropped out of Los Angeles High School in 1921 to pursue a full-time acting career.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1905
    Age 0
    Anna May Wong was born Wong Liu Tsong (meaning "yellow willow frost" respectively, though "yellow" being her family name can be considered functionless here semantically) on January 3, 1905, on Flower Street in Los Angeles, one block north of Chinatown, in an integrated community of Chinese, Irish, German and Japanese residents.
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