Wong Liu Tsong, also known by her stage name Anna May Wong, was an American actress who is regarded as the first Chinese-American actress to achieve international acclaim and become a Hollywood movie star. She was born on January 3, 1905 in Los Angeles, California in the United States. She died of heart attack in February 1961.

Wong left for Europe in March 1928, where she appeared in several major plays and films, including Piccadilly, because she was dissatisfied with the conventional supporting roles she had portrayed in Hollywood (1929). For theater and film work, she spent the first part of the 1930s moving back and forth between the US and Europe. Early sound era movies with Wong in them include Daughter of the Dragon (1931), Java Head (1934), and Daughter of Shanghai (1937).

Anna May Wong

She created television history in 1951 with The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong, the first Asian American series lead in American television history. When she passed away from a heart attack in 1961, she had been preparing to make a comeback in the movie Flower Drum Song. Wong was primarily recognized for the stereotyped “Dragon Lady” and subdued “Butterfly” parts that she was frequently given for decades following her passing. In the years leading up to the centennial of her birth, three significant literary works and cinema retrospectives reexamined her life and career.

Anna May Wong Parents: Meet Wong Sam Sing and Lee Gon Toy

Anna May Wong’s parents are Wong Sam Sing and Lee Gon Toy. Her parents are of Chinese descent. Anna’s father spent his years traveling between the U.S. and China.


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