Anna May Wong, the world's first major Chinese screen personality, sought a lead role in Hollywood’s dramatisation of Pearl S. Buck’s China-set The Good Earth but was not even considered for the part, which went to white actress Luise Rainer – who own an Oscar for her performance.
Anna May Wong, the world's first major Chinese screen personality, sought a lead role in Hollywood’s dramatisation of Pearl S. Buck’s China-set The Good Earth but was not even considered for the part, which went to white actress Luise Rainer – who own an Oscar for her performance.

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Anna May Wong, the world's first major Chinese screen personality, sought a lead role in Hollywood’s dramatisation of Pearl S. Buck’s China-set The Good Earth but was not even considered for the part, which went to white actress Luise Rainer – who own an Oscar for her performance.
Anna May Wong, the world's first major Chinese screen personality, sought a lead role in Hollywood’s dramatisation of Pearl S. Buck’s China-set The Good Earth but was not even considered for the part, which went to white actress Luise Rainer – who own an Oscar for her performance.
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