1. - Helen Hayes, The Son-Daughter, 1932. Wong maintained she was turned down for the role of Lian Wha because MGM insisted she was “too Chinese to play a Chinese.” So, they called up The First Lady of the American Theatre...!
2. - Luise Rainer, The Good Earth, 1937. Too Chinese again. Or just, Chinese... And the stupidly censorious Hays Office banned would any hint of miscegenation - between an actual Chinese woman and a Caucuasian actor in yellow-face drag! Enter: Rainer. the first notable victim of The Oscar Curse - when a career nose-dived after winning an Oscar. Or two in a row. “For my second and third pictures I won Academy Awards. Nothing worse could have happened to me.” (Irving Thalberg died during the production which has his only possessory credit in an MGM film).