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    Anna May Wong by Edwin Bower Hesser (1920s). Portrait Photo (9.5" X 12") Mounted to (14" X 18").
    Vintage gelatin silver, double weight, matte photo. Anna May Wong was the first Chinese American film star, and made an immediate impact in her earliest silent pictures. Her acting and dancing talent can be seen in mesmerizing performances for The Toll of the Sea (1922), The Thief of Bagdad (1924) and Piccadilly (1929), among many more. Although she made a smooth transition to talking pictures, the growing racism and stereotyping she felt led to her retreat to the British stage for awhile and the waning of her film career in the 1940s. Images of the highly respected actress rarely come available, and artistic portraits from noted photographer Edwin Bower Hesser are just as scarce and sought after, making this exquisite image one very special item. The photo is in extremely nice condition and is mounted (at the top) to a matt board which has a printed Edwin Bower Hesser signature credit in the lower right. The matt has corner chips and wear. Very Fine.


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