Anna May Wong: From Laundryman's Daughter to Hollywood Legend

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Palgrave Macmillan, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 284 pages
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Anna May Wong was one of Hollywood's most well-known Chinese American actresses. Between 1919 and 1960, she starred in over fifty movies, sharing billing with Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., Marlene Dietrich and Werner Oland. Her life, though, is the prototypical story of an immigrant's difficult path through the prejudices of American culture. Born in Los Angeles in 1905, she was the second daughter of six children born to a laundryman and his wife. Her life there fuelled her fascination with Hollywood and, in 1919 she secured a small part in her first film,The Red Lantern. Her most famous film roles were inThief of Baghdad, Old San FranciscoandShanghai Express. Discrimination against Asians, though, was commonplace and when it came time to make a film version of Pearl Buck'sThe Good Earth, she was passed over for the role that was ultimately given to the Luise Rainer. In a narrative that recalls both the pathos of life in Los Angeles's Chinese neighborhoods and the glamour of Hollywood's pleasure palaces, Graham Hodges recounts the life of a Hollywood legend.

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I'm currently reading this biography and it's fascinating. I really appreciate the photographs of her and her family in the middle of the book, though I wish there was more. Anna May was such a ... Read full review

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Anna May Wong is a fascinating person. It would be nice if Gao Hodges didn't have her on such a pedastal, then *maybe* he could be a little more objective about his subject. Maybe he'd give her some ... Read full review

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Graham Russell Hodges is Professor of History at Colgate University.

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