The widow of Oscar winning cinematographer James Wong, Sanora Babb, died of natural causes Dec. 31, 2005 at her Hollywood Hills home. She was 98.
Wong-Howe's widow waited 65 years in the shadow of a literary giant for her first completed novel to be published. Upstaged in 1939 by John Steinbeck's best-selling "The Grapes of Wrath" Babb's tale about the travails of a Depression era farm family was shelved by Random House. At 97, Babb earned long overdue praise for the novel "Whose Names Are Unknown" when it was rescued by the University of Oklahoma Press in 2004.
Cousin of actress Anna May Wong.
Discovered Quinn Cummings.
Member of ASC (American Society of Cinematographers).
Cinematographer for seven Oscar Best Picture nominees: Shanghai Express (1932), Viva Villa! (1934), The Thin Man (1934), Kings Row (1942), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), Picnic (1955) and The Rose Tattoo (1955).