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14 Groundbreaking Moments In Asian American Cinema, Music & TV

Purple Clover Logo By Desirée O of Purple Clover | Slide 1 of 14: A star of the screen and fashion icon from Hollywood’s early days, Anna May Wong (born Wong Liu Tsong; 1905–1961) was initially a star of silent film, appearing in movies like The Toll of the Sea (1922), Shanghai Express (1932), and Daughter of Shanghai (1937). But she made history in 1951 by becoming the first Asian American actress to lead an American television series when she starred as a detective on The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong. She then became the first Asian American actress to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 8, 1960.

Anna May Wong Became The First Asian American Actress To Lead An American TV Series

A star of the screen and fashion icon from Hollywood’s early days, Anna May Wong (born Wong Liu Tsong; 1905–1961) was initially a star of silent film, appearing in movies like The Toll of the Sea (1922), Shanghai Express (1932), and Daughter of Shanghai (1937). But she made history in 1951 by becoming the first Asian American actress to lead an American television series when she starred as a detective on The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong. She then became the first Asian American actress to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 8, 1960.

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