Anna May Wong, a groundbreaking actress, will be the first Asian American to appear on US currency.




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.

Anna May Wong appeared in over 60 movies
These inspiring coin designs tell the stories of five extraordinary women whose contributions are indelibly etched in American culture,” the US Mint’s acting director, Alison Doone, said in a statement to CNN last year, when the list was revealed.
Considered the movie industry’s first Chinese American star, Wong overcame widespread discrimination to carve out a four-decade career in film, theater and radio. She acted alongside icons including Marlene Dietrich, Joan Crawford and Laurence Olivier and appeared on stage in London and New York.

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