Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0058802: ANNA MAY WONG

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Scarce vintage inscribed blue fountain pen signature in both western and Chinese characters on an irregularly-clipped 4x5-inch portion of a blue autograph album page, acquired in-person in the 1930s and labeled with a glued-on, typed notation. Trimming to the right edge grazing the tip of the G in "Wong" and a minor scuff to the upper right-hand corner, well away from the writing; otherwise, in fine condition for its age. Still, priced accordingly. Lovely, iconic Anna May Wong was the first Chinese-American movie star.  After bit parts in a handful of forgettable silents, she landed the more substantial roles of the slave girl in Douglas Fairbanks' lavish The Thief of Baghdad (1924) and Tiger Lily in the first movie version of Peter Pan (1924).  She was thereafter increasingly featured in major films, including Mr. Wu (1927) with Lon Chaney, the Charlie Chan flick The Chinese Parrot (1927), Streets of Shanghai (1927), Piccadilly (1929), Daughter of the Dragon (1931), Josef von Sternberg's Shanghai Express (1932), the Sherlock Holmes opus A Study in Scarlet (1933), Dangerous to Know (1937), Daughter of Shanghai (1937), and King of Chinatown (1939).  Suffering from cirrhosis and weary of the stereotypical exotic Asian roles to which she was almost invariably assigned, Wong retired from Hollywood in 1942, thereafter making only occasional stage appearances. In 1961, she died of heart failure, related to her long bout with liver disease, aged only 56 years.