Angela Mao: Lady Kung Fu

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Angela Mao was as famous as Bruce Lee when she was a martial arts film star during the 1970s. Then she seemed to vanish. It turns out she’s been in Queens this whole time.

The New York Times has a fun piece on Angela Mao, one of the world’s first great female martial arts movie stars – who disappeared from the scene, leaving many fans wondering what happened to her. The somewhat anticlimactic answer as to where she’s been all this time? Queens. She had a family and is running a restaurant.

“This is not a gender situation,” she said with a baffled expression. “I just played myself. I am strong and I am powerful. That is how I became the most important female kung fu actress of my time.”