- Hollywood premiered on Netflix on May 1.
- The series contains several real characters, including Anna May Wong, who is considered the first Chinese-American film star.
- Wong was insulted several times for Oscars and locked out during auditions for The Good Earth .
Netflixs Hollywood takes viewers into a golden age of Hollywood cinema in which everyone who was someone belonged to only a few studios where gay and interracial couples were born due to miscarriage laws and sexual bigotry had to hide on the plane and in which an actor like Anna May Wong could never n n ever land a leading role, even in a Chinese film, because: ticket sales! But those were the golden years, the best years.
Hollywood naturally tries these practices (although it is still an anti-industry spectacle; if there is something that Hollywood loves more than making money, it makes money by writing about it itself).
Nevertheless, we can learn something about the past from Hollywood.
Although the audience was deprived of May's talents at the time, it can now at least get to know the LA-born actor. She shows up early in the series, seems to be washed up and liquefied, is exhausted by Hollywood's "progressiveness" and angrily complains about her racially typified roles: seductress, courtesan, a "sexed-up" Far Eastern figure.
How much of it is true? Who was Anna May Wong really? How did she become famous? And more importantly, why wasn't she more famous?
Anna May Wong became famous during the silent film era.
Wong grew up outside of Chinatown in Los Angeles, an area where the production of cinema products that would shoot on the spot increased. Wong (born "Wong Liu Tsong") adopted her stage name "Anna May" at the age of eleven. She started working as an extra and dropped out of high school in 1
Despite impressive critics, Wong was mainly in supporting roles because the studios were unwilling to develop major appearances for the Chinese-American actor. Due to the anti-miscegenation laws, Wong was unable to kiss a non-Chinese actor on the screen, which prevented her from further roles.
Annoyed, she moved to Europe in 1928 and became known as a stage actor in Germany both as a film and as a film. Wong's first "Talkie" (non-silent film) was in 1931.
Wong was given as lead for The Good Earth which later won an Oscar
Wong returned to Hollywood, but was still typed and played evil or seductive Chinese characters. In 1935 she auditioned for the lead role The Good Earth based on the book by Nobel laureate Pearl Buck. Although Wong seemed to be a favorite for the role, MGM surrendered it after she cast Paul Muni as a husband (which prevented Wong from kissing him on the screen). MGM instead cast Luise Rainer, which means that both leading roles went to European actors. Wong was offered a supporting role, a house destroyer courtesan that she refused. She found it absurd that the only Chinese actor should play the least likeable Chinese character.
As depicted in the second episode of Hollywood Rainer won the Oscar for Best Actress for her performance.
She died of a heart attack
In the late 1930s, Wong made leading appearances, albeit in B films. Wong continued to trade in the 1940s and 50s and was often absent for several years. In 1961, Wong died of a heart attack at the age of 56. She had developed a strong drinking habit at the beginning of her career and once had internal bleeding.
Wong has been a symbol of resilience in the face of industrial discrimination.