A century after landing her first prominent part, early movie star Anna May Wong, who entered Hollywood during the silent cinema era, will become the first Asian American to appear on US money.
Wong’s picture will appear on the reverse of new quarters starting on Monday. She has her signature blunt bangs and pencil-thin eyebrows.
The American Women Quarters Program, which honours trailblazing women in their particular fields, has produced its fifth design. The other four quarters, all of which were produced this year, focus on suffragist Nina Otero-Warren, Wilma Mankiller, the Cherokee Nation leader, Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, and poet and activist Maya Angelou. Along with Wong, the last two were chosen with help from the general population.
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