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Anna May Wong (I) (1905–1961)

Anna May Wong, the first Chinese-American movie star, was born Wong Liu Tsong on January 3, 1905, in Los Angeles, California, to laundryman Wong Sam Sing and his wife, Lee Gon Toy. A third-generation American, she managed to have a substantial acting career during a deeply racist time when the taboo against miscegenation meant that Caucasian ... See full bio »

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Known For

Shanghai Express
The Thief of Bagdad
The Thief of Bagdad The Mongol Slave
Piccadilly Shosho
The Toll of the Sea
The Toll of the Sea Lotus Flower


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 1961 The Barbara Stanwyck Show (TV Series)
- Dragon by the Tail (1961) ... A-hsing
 1960 Portrait in Black
 1960 The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV Series)
China Mary
- China Mary (1960) ... China Mary
 1959 Adventures in Paradise (TV Series)
Lu Yang / Madam Lu Yang
- Mission to Manila (1959) ... Lu Yang (as Anna Mae Wong)
 1956-1958 Climax! (TV Series)
Mayli / Clerk
- The Deadly Tattoo (1958) ... Mayli
- The Chinese Game (1956) ... Clerk
 1958 Mike Hammer (TV Series)
Madame Chu
- So That's Who It Was (1958) ... Madame Chu
 1956 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
Chinese Woman
- The Letter (1956) ... Chinese Woman
 1951 The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong (TV Series)
Mme. Lui-Tsong (1951)
 1949 Impact
Su Lin Chung
 1938 When Were You Born
Mei Lei Ming (Aquarius)
 1934 Limehouse Blues
Tu Tuan
 1932 Shanghai Express
Hui Fei
 1930 Hai-Tang
Hai-tang (all versions)
 1930 The Flame of Love
Hai Tang
 1930 Der Weg zur Schande
Hai-Tang, Star einer chinesischen Gruppe
 1929 Großstadtschmetterling
 1928 Schmutziges Geld
 1928 Chinatown Charlie
Mandarin's Sweetheart
 1928 Across to Singapore
Singapore Woman (uncredited)
 1928 Souvenirs (Short)
The Captain's Chinese Love
 1927 Streets of Shanghai
Su Quan
 1927 The Devil Dancer
 1927 The Chinese Parrot
Nautch Dancer
 1927 Why Girls Love Sailors (Short)
Delamar (scenes deleted)
 1927 Old San Francisco
A Flower of the Orient
 1927 The Honorable Mr. Buggs (Short)
Baroness Stoloff
 1927 Mr. Wu
Loo Song
 1926 The Desert's Toll
 1926 The Silk Bouquet
Dragon Horse
 1926 A Trip to Chinatown
 1926 Fifth Avenue
Nan Lo
 1925 His Supreme Moment
Harem Girl in Play (uncredited)
 1925 Forty Winks
Annabelle Wu
 1924 The Alaskan
 1924 The Fortieth Door
 1924 The Thief of Bagdad
The Mongol Slave
 1923 Thundering Dawn
Honky-Tonk Girl
 1923 Drifting
Rose Li
 1923 Mary of the Movies
Anna May Wong (uncredited)
 1921 Bits of Life
Toy Sing, Chin Chow's Wife
 1921 Shame
Lotus Blossom
 1920 Outside the Law
Chinese Girl (uncredited)
 1920 Dinty
Half Moon (uncredited)
 1919 The Red Lantern
Eurasian woman (uncredited)
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in "On the Spot" on Broadway. See more »

Publicity Listings:

5 Print Biographies | 8 Articles | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Anna Mae Wong


5' 6" (1.68 m)

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Personal Quote:

I see no reason why Chinese and English people should not kiss on the screen, even though I prefer not to.


Producer Ross Hunter cast her in the film version of Flower Drum Song (1961). However, she became ill in December of 1960 and was replaced by Juanita Hall. See more »


Was known for taking everyday items and making them part of her clothing or accessories.

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