Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Silent Film Actress: Anna May Wong.
Anna May Wong was working at Hollywood's Ville de Paris department store when Metro Pictures needed 300 girl extras to perform in the film The Red Lantern (1919). Without her father's knowledge, a friend of his with movie connections helped Anna May land a role as an extra carrying a lantern.
By the age of the age of 19, Anna May Wong was cast in a supporting role as a Mongol slave in, The Thief of Bagdad (1924). Playing a "Dragon Lady" role she caught the attention of audiences and critics. Even though she received favorable reviews, she became disappointed with her casting and began to look for success in other rolls.
In 1925 she joined a group of stars on a tour with vaudeville. When the tour turned out to be a failure, Wong and the rest of the group returned to Hollywood. Four years after The Thief of Bagdad, Wong was cast in a supporting role" In Old San Francisco (1927).
In 1926, Wong put the first rivet into the structure of Grauman's Chinese Theater when she joined Norma Talmadge for its groundbreaking ceremony, although she was not invited to leave her hand and foot prints in cement.