Anna May Wong (1905-1961) who is a late Hollywood actress as well as a fashion icon is completely set to become the first Asian American to mark on US currency. Now you will be able to see a close-up picture of Wong’s face and chin resting on her hand.
A quarter-dollar coin whose circulation is going to start on 24th October 2022 (Monday) in the market. According to the US mint, it will be the fifth number coin in the American Women Quarters (AWQ) Program.
So she will be the fifth as well as the last woman which is going to appear individually on the coin and its other side President George Washington will appear.
Who Was Anna May Wong?
Anna May Wong’s first name was Wong Liu-Tsong and she was born in the year 1905 to second-generation Chinese immigrants in Los Angeles which is situated in California. She was just 14 years old at the time she started her career in movies.
As an extra in the movie The Red Lantern which was released in the year 1919. She received critical compliments only three years later when she did the movie The Toll of the Sea in the year 1922, she was laying a leading role in this movie and it was the first Technicolor film at that time.
Anna May Wong appeared as an actress in more than 60 movies, and the most popular box-office hit was Shanghai Express which was released in the year 1932 and acted together with stars like Laurence Olivier, Marlene Dietrich, as well as Joan Crawford, CNN reported.
Anna May Wong also received the honor of being the first Asian American leading actor who hosted a TV show whose name was The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong in the year 1951. She was considered one of the most beautiful female actors in Hollywood at that time.
but Anna May Wong never did a romantic lead in her carrier as laws banned people of various races from kissing on-screen, According to the report in the New York Times. Wong had done a lot of struggle to find proper character roles to play in Hollywood.
Anna May Wong also went to Europe where she got better opportunities to work in British, German, as well as in French cinema, but she returned to the US in the year 1930. According to the statement of the US mint:
A profile of Wong on a quarter-dollar coin appears with her long fingernails as well as signature bangs. It is told by Emily Damstra who is the creator of this coin: Due to her hard work, willpower, as well as skills Anna May Wong, brought to the occupation of acting.
I believe that her face and meaningful gestures mesmerized movie audiences, so that’s why I included these elements. As we have told before it will be the fifth design according to the AWQ program.
Which is highlighting female pioneers on coins these previous designs featured astronaut Sally Ride, poet as well as activist Maya Angelou, and the first woman chief of the Cherokee Nation Wilma Mankiller with the suffragist Nina Otero-Warren.