1919: Photo of Anna Mae Wong by Alla’s Pool

Anna Mae Wong by the pool at the Garden of Alla, circa 1919

Joyce Ralston Payton, who is a member of the Hollywood’s Garden of Allah Novels Facebook Group, posted this photo of Anna Mae Wong to the group. She rightly suspected the photo was taken at the Garden of Alla.

Anna Mae Wong’s first appearance in movies was in Nazimova’s “The Red Lantern,” which was released by Metro Pictures in May 1919. We know that Alla had installed the pool at Hayvenhurst estate not long after she leased it in August 1918, so it’s likely the photo could have been taken in the spring of 1919.

The pool at the Garden of Alla — note the pool house to the left in this shot that is in the background of the photo of Anna Mae Wong

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