DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Anna May Wong (aged 56)
First Hong Kong-Chinese American Hollywood movie star
Anna May Wong (born Wong Liu Tsong, January 3, 1905 – February 3, 1961) was an American actress, considered to be the first Hong Kong-Chinese American Hollywood movie star, as well as the first Chinese American actress to gain international recognition. Her long and varied career spanned silent film, sound film, television, stage, and radio.
DEATH: Wong was scheduled to play the role of Madame Liang in the film production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song, but was unable to take the role due to failing health. On February 3, 1961, at the age of 56, Wong died of a heart attack as she slept at home in Santa Monica, two days after her final screen performance on the television show The Barbara Stanwyck Show. Her cremated remains were interred in her mother’s grave at Rosedale Cemeteryin Los Angeles. The headstone is marked with her mother’s Anglicized name on top, the Chinese names of Anna May (on the right), and her sister Mary (on the left) along the sides.