Patricia Joe | Chow Kwun-Ling 周坤玲

From left: Arthur Jue (cinematographer and Joseph Sunn Jue’s son), Patricia Joe and Joseph Sunn Jue at the Grandview Films studio in San Francisco Chinatown, 1944.

In the early 1940s, Honolulu native Patricia Joe/Chow Kwun-Ling 周坤玲 was working as a secretary at Hartford Insurance in San Francisco. She was also a part-time cashier at Joseph Sunn Jue’s movie theater in San Francisco Chinatown when Jue launched her movie career — she was cast in eight of his Grandview Films productions, some opposite Wong Chiu-Mo 黃超武, whom she eventually wed.

After World War II, the couple traveled to Hong Kong and became screen legends of Cantonese language movies. They eventually re-settled in San Francisco in the 1960s where they ran a restaurant and were active in Cantonese opera.

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