Search the Collection

Anna May Wong (1905-1961), Actress

Sitter in 33 portraits
Born Wong Liu Tsong in Chinatown, Los Angeles, Wong was the first Chinese American film star and enjoyed a long, varied and international career. Her first lead role was in the early Technicolor feature The Toll of the Sea (1922). Following performances in Douglas Fairbanks's The Thief of Bagdad (1923) and various 1920s mystery films, Wong travelled to Europe in 1929. While in England, Wong also co-starred with Laurence Olivier on stage in Circle of Chalk (1929). Wong's most celebrated role was appearing with Marlene Dietrich in Josef von Sternberg's Shanghai Express (1932).

List Thumbnail

x126864

Anna May Wong

by Dudley Glanfield
modern bromide print from original negative, 25 April 1929
NPG x126864

x180259

Anna May Wong

by Paul Tanqueray
whole-plate glass negative, 1933
NPG x180259

x180257

Anna May Wong

by Paul Tanqueray
half-plate glass negative, 1933
NPG x180257

x180241

Anna May Wong

by Paul Tanqueray
half-plate glass negative, 1933
NPG x180241

x180258

Anna May Wong

by Paul Tanqueray
half-plate glass negative, 1933
NPG x180258

x180256

Anna May Wong

by Paul Tanqueray
half-plate glass negative, 1933
NPG x180256

Ax39590

Anna May Wong

by Francis Goodman
bromide print, 1933
NPG Ax39590

x68812

Anna May Wong

by Francis Goodman
half-plate film copy negative, 1933
NPG x68812

x68811

Anna May Wong

by Francis Goodman
5 x 4 inch film negative, 1933
NPG x68811

x126052

Harry Gordon Selfridge; Anna May Wong

by Unknown photographer
publicity print, 1937
NPG x126052

x125035

Anna May Wong

by Unknown artist
film publicity still, 1939
NPG x125035

x27480

Anna May Wong

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print on tissue and card mount, 1929
NPG x27480

D42946

Lithograph souvenir of Anna May Wong's 1933/4 European tour

by Unknown artist
hand-coloured lithograph, 1934
NPG D42946

Tell us moreback to top

Can you tell us more about this person? Spotted an error, something missing, or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have any information to share please complete the form below

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.

Citationclose

How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your nameclose

If you tick permission to publish your name will appear above your contribution on our website.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.