Anna May Wong, a legendary figure from the silent film period, has transitioned into a new type of fame. As of Monday, she will be the first Asian American to be featured on US money. Her picture will be included in the new quarters.
Anna May Wong is the sixth woman to be honoured by the American Women Quarters Program, which features influential women on U.S. money. Maya Angelou, the poet and activist; Sally Ride, the first American woman in space; Wilma Mankiller, the head of the Cherokee Nation; Nina Otero-Warren, the suffragist. The public helped choose the last two, as well as Wong.
Anna May Wong To Be First Asian American To Appear On US Currency
Wong had a forty-year career spanning the screen, stage, and airwaves until his untimely death in 1961. She shared the screen with luminaries like Marlene Dietrich, Joan Crawford, and Laurence Olivier and performed on Broadway and in London.
Anna May Wong, a Los Angeles native who began acting at the age of 14, made her debut in the starring part in a film in 1922’s “The Toll of the Sea.”
The 1932 film Shanghai Express was directed by Wong and stars Marlene Dietrich as a renowned prostitute who is taken captive on a train travelling across China during the Chinese Civil War. Wong played the role of a fellow business class traveller.
In the year before her untimely death at age 56, she was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Production has begun on a biopic on the actor’s life, which will feature Gemma Chan (Crazy Rich Asians).