Published April 1, 1930
Mei Lanfang was one of the most famous Chinese opera performers in history, particularly noted for his adept portrayals of women. Through his travels to Japan, the United States, and elsewhere, Mei introduced Beijing opera to the world and developed ties with Hollywood stars Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, and Douglas Fairbanks. Photograph by Edward Steichen for the April 1930 Vanity Fair.
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