Wednesday 15 August 2018

Toshia Mori

Born: 1 January 1912, Kyoto, Japan
Died: 26 November 1995, The Bronx, New York, USA

Toshia Mori began her film career at the end of the silent era in movies like 'Streets of Shanghai (1927)' and 'The Man Without a Face (1928)'; both films are sadly lost today. Most of Toshia's roles were small, but in 1932 she was chosen as the first and only non-caucasian WAMPAS Baby Star. Possibly as a result of this, Toshia was offered a major supporting role in the Columbia Pictures film 'The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1932)'. The part was originally given to Anna May Wong, but the role was re-cast with Toshia taking the part, probably because of scheduling problems with Wong. Although receiving good reviews for her performance, this proved to be the peak of Mori's film career and she again found herself in much smaller roles until she retired from films in 1937.

Mori later worked as a researcher for Robert Ripley on his short films, 'Ripley's Believe It or Not'.

Hollywood on Parade No. A-9 (1933) as Herself

One of the WAMPAS Baby Stars of 1932.

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