Monday, April 4, 2011

Art - Anna May Wong

Largely considered the first Chinese-American movie star, Anna May Wong began her career in silent films and is probably best known for playing beside Marlene Dietrich in Shanghai Express in 1932. Though her career was quite illustrious, it was riddled with discrimination — Wong famously turned down the part of a Chinese villain in The Good Earth after being passed over for the starring role of the Chinese heroine that, ultimately, went to German-born Luise Rainer — as well as frustration over being pigeonholed into stereotypical “dragon lady” characters. Korean filmmaker Yunah Hong just completed a documentary exploring the life and career of Wong, titled Anna May Wong: In Her Own Words, which was eight years in the making.
Courtesy of Elle

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