Women in Film & Television History: Meet Marion E. Wong, Film Company President, Director, Screenwriter, Producer, Actor, Costume Designer

By Mellini Kantayya

During the silent film era, Marion E. Wong (1895-1969) started the Mandarin Film Company, the first Chinese-American film company. The company’s feature film The Curse of the Quon Gwon: When the Far East Mingles with West (1916) is credited as being the first American film made with an all-Chinese cast and company as well as one of the first films directed by a woman.

Like many independent filmmakers today, Wong wore many hats. She was company president, The Curse’s producer-director, screenwriter, costume designer, and played the role of the film’s villain. In 2006, The Curse of the Quon Gwon was placed on the US National Film Registry.

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(via Women Film Pioneers Project)

Learn more about Marion E. Wong on Columbia University’s Women Film Pioneers Project’s website

 

Citation:
Lau, Jenny Kwok Wah. “Marion E. Wong.” In Jane Gaines, Radha Vatsal, and Monica Dall’Asta, eds. Women Film Pioneers Project. Center for Digital Research and Scholarship. New York, NY: Columbia University Libraries, 2013. Web.   September 27, 2013.   <https://wfpp.cdrs.columbia.edu/pioneer/ccp-marion-e-wong/&gt;
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