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25th Jan 2012, 11:42 PM in A Beautiful Line

From the FPK Commonplace Book - Anna May Wong

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From the FPK Commonplace Book - Anna May Wong
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C. Glen Williams 26th Jan 2012, 12:42 AM edit delete
There is just too much material in Anna May Wong's life to fit into a single comic strip. Such as the fact that, while living in Europe, she was fast friends with Marlene Dietrich and (eek!) Leni Riefenstahl, or the fact that rumors in Hollywood linked Wong and Dietrich romantically. There's also the story that Eric Machwitz wrote "These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)" about the longing he felt for Wong after their relationship ended.

How about Wong being hired to tutor actors, including Dorothy Lamour? Or the fact that her image is one of the four pillars of the "Gateway to Hollywood" sculpture that serves as the official beginning of the Walk of Fame? The other three being Dorothy Dandridge, Dolores Del Rio, and Mae freakin' West?

Or that, before she was ever known as Anna May Wong, directors and producers all over Hollywood knew the inquisitive 11 year-old as "C.C.C." (standing for "Curious Chinese Child")?

Or that she was an early practitioner of what silent actors called "Close Acting," which is essentially the foundation of modern film acting?

Is it obvious that I dig me some Anna May Wong?

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