People

This section highlights both the real-life figures mentioned in the novel and the inspirations for particular characters. Please click the photo learn more about the people behind “China Dolls”! (In alphabetical order.)

The Andrews Sisters
The Andrews Sisters
Donn Arden
Donn Arden
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
Walton Biggerstaff
Donaldina Cameron
Donaldina Cameron
Charlie Chan
Charlie Chan
Larry Ching Then
Larry Ching Then
Larry Ching Older
Larry Ching Older
Kay Kyser
Kay Kyser
The Ink Spots
The Ink Spots
Keye Luke
Keye Luke
Glenn Miller
Glenn Miller
Lee Mortimer
Lee Mortimer
Cole Porter
Cole Porter
Eleanor Powell
Eleanor Powell
Sally Rand
Sally Rand
Bill "Bojangles" Robinson
Bill “Bojangles” Robinson
Mai Tai Sing
Mai Tai Sing
Ed Sullivan
Ed Sullivan
Goro Suzuki (Jack Soo)
Goro Suzuki (Jack Soo)
Dorothy Toy and Paul Wing
Dorothy Toy and Paul Wing
Noel Toy
Noel Toy
Veloz and Yolanda
Veloz and Yolanda
Walter Winchell
Walter Winchell
Tony Wing
Tony Wing
Anna May Wong
Anna May Wong

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