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Anna May Wong : from laundryman's daughter to Hollywood legend

Author: Graham Russell Hodges
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Anna May Wong is, undoubtedly, the most luminous Chinese American actress ever to grace the silver screen. Between 1919 and 1960 she starred in over fifty films and shared equal billing with Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., Marlene Dietrich, and Warner Oland. But her life, though glamorous, is almost the prototypical story of an immigrant's difficult path through America. Born in Los Angeles in 1905, she was the second
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Anna May Wong; Anna May Wong; Anna May Wong; Anna May Wong
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Graham Russell Hodges
ISBN: 0312293194 9780312293192 1403967903 9781403967909
OCLC Number: 52429442
Description: xxvii, 284 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Acnowledgments --
Introduction --
List of illustrations --
1. Childhood --
2. Seeking stardom --
3. Europe --
4. Atlantic crossings --
5. China --
6. In the service of the motherland --
7. Becoming Chinese American --
Epilogue --
Filmography --
Television appearances --
Notes --
Selected bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Graham Russell Gao Hodges.
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"Anna May Wong is, undoubtedly, the most luminous Chinese American actress ever to grace the silver screen. Between 1919 and 1960 she starred in over fifty films and shared equal billing with Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., Marlene Dietrich, and Warner Oland. But her life, though glamorous, is almost the prototypical story of an immigrant's difficult path through America. Born in Los Angeles in 1905, she was the second daughter of eight children born to a laundryman and his wife. Growing up in Los Angeles fuelled her fascination with Hollywood, and in 1919 she secured a small part in her first film, The Red Lantern with Alla Nazimova. Her most famous film roles were in Toll of the Sea, Piccadilly, The Thief of Bagdad, Daughter of the Dragon, and most importantly, Shanghai Express, opposite Dietrich.

Anna May Wong was an international celebrity whose friendships with intellectuals and artists included the famed Chinese actress Butterfly Wu, Walter Benjamin, Carl Van Vechten, Paul Robeson, Edward Steichen, and Mei Lan Fan. Even though Anna May Wong made many landmark films, discrimination against Asians in Hollywood insured that she was passed over for the lead role in the film version of Pearl Buck's The Good Earth. Apparently Wong was "too Asian" for the role. The British Film Institute recently released a newly restored version of Wong's classic film Piccadilly and the world will, once again, thrill to the artistry of this great actress. Graham Hodges' biography of Anna May Wong rediscovers one of Hollywood's most legendary actresses and is a must for film lovers."--Jacket.

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