Anna May Wong

A Complete Guide to Her Film, Stage, Radio and Television Work

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About the Book

Anna May Wong, born in Los Angeles in 1905 to a Chinese family that did not support her ambition, is the only Asian-American actress to have achieved stardom during Hollywood’s Golden Age. Staying single to avoid endangering her career, she became the darling of the intelligentsia, inspiring poems, songs, and crowds of admirers in the British Isles, Europe, and China. She leaves a legacy of some 60 film appearances, numerous stage and television shows, and several radio spots. This book covers Anna May Wong’s entire career and personal life. Detailed filmographic entries, with critical commentary as well as cast and technical credits, synopses, and newspaper and magazine reviews, are followed by Wong’s stage work and radio and television appearances.

About the Author(s)

Philip Leibfried has written for Films in Review, Filmfax, The Silent Film Newsletter, Silent Film Monthly, and Hollywood Studio Magazine. He lives in New York City.

The late Chei Mi Lane lived in St. Louis, Missouri.

Bibliographic Details

Philip Leibfried and Chei Mi Lane

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 189
Bibliographic Info: 69 photos, chronology, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2010 [2004]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4696-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0932-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Two Acknowledgments      vii
Prologue      1
Introduction      7
Chronology      9

I. American Silent Films      11
II. European Silent Films      65
III. European Sound Films      73
IV. American Sound Films      88
V. Stage Work      148
VI. Radio and Television      161

Epilogue      173
Bibliography      175
Index      177

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “a first-rate job…photos throughout are terrific…does what it should, and does it nicely…the best detailed study on Anna May Wong’s film career”—Classic Images
  • “considered by many Hollywood’s premier Chinese American actress…three books on Wong have been published, and of these Leibfried and Lane’s is by far the most successful…terrific…detailed information…covers all of Wong’s work…the preferred resource for those interested in Wong’s career…essential”—Choice
  • “interesting and well-researched”—Communication Booknotes Quarterly
  • “film-by-film structure makes good organizational sense…extensive synopses”—Variety