Anna May Wong, an actress from Hollywood who is a trailblazer, will be the first Asian American to appear on U.S. money when she appears on the quarter later in the month. U.S. MintIt was announced.
Wong will be fifth woman featured on quarter coins. She will join astronaut Sally Ride and Maya Angelou.
Anna May Wong was born Wong Liu Tsong, on Jan. 3, 1905, in Los Angeles. Her family quickly gave her the English-sounding name Anna May.
She was already a star in Hollywood films at the age of 14 Her first role was as an additional in the 1919 film. “The Red Lantern.” She got her first leading role in 1922’s “The Toll of the Sea.”
She appeared in more than 60 films and had a career that spanned movies, TV and theater. She became the first Asian American lead actor in a U.S. television show with her role in 1951’s “The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong.”
Wong was discriminated in Hollywood and typecasting during an era where there was a lot of typecasting “yellowface”Anti-miscegenation legislation, The New York Times reported.
In 1960, Wong received a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame. She died on Feb. 3, 1961.
Her story was told in the 2020 Netflix series “Hollywood,”Ryan Murphy created it.