The first Asian American movie star was Anna May Wong, who starred in Bits of Life in 1921. Throughout her career, she participated in both silent and sound film, television, stage, and radio. Born near Chinatown in Los Angeles, to second generation Chinese Americans, she became infatuated with movies and started acting at an early age. Wong was filmed in The Toll of the Sea, one of the first movies in color. From that point on, she became a fashion icon and reached international stardom by 1924.