Google Doodle honors Anna May Wong, pioneering Chinese-American movie star

CNET | 1/21/2020 | Staff
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Google slideshow Doodle celebrates Anna May Wong, considered Hollywood's first Chinese-American movie star.

Ninety-seven years ago Wednesday, a silent movie called The Toll of the Sea went into general release in movie theaters, giving movie audiences their first good look at Anna May Wong. It was the first leading role for Wong, an actress considered to be Hollywood's first Chinese-American movie star.

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Over the course of her varied career that spanned silent movies, sound movies, stage and TV, Wong's portrayals of Chinese characters helped combat stereotypes among white audiences at a time of overt racism and discrimination. To honor her contribution to movies and the Chinese community, Google dedicated a slideshow Doodle to Wong that features snapshots of her life and some of the more famous characters she portrayed in the more than 50 movies she appeared in over her career.

Wong was born Wong Liu Tsong on Jan. 3, 1905, near Chinatown in Los Angeles. When not in school or working at her father's laundry, Wong would hang around film crews as movies were being shot in her neighborhood, begging filmmakers to cast her in movies. By the age of 11, she had chosen her stage name -- Anna May Wong -- and a few years later landed her first role as an uncredited extra in the 1919 movie The Red Lantern.

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Her first starring role came three years later in The Toll of the Sea, and her performance garnered praise from Variety for her "extraordinarily fine" acting and The New York Times, which...
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