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Fay Wray

Fay WrayAKA Vina Fay Wray

Born: 15-Sep-1907
Birthplace: Cardston, Alberta, Canada
Died: 8-Aug-2004
Location of death: Manhattan, NY
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, CA

Gender: Female
Religion: Mormon
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: King Kong

Fay Wray was born in Canada but raised in Arizona, then Utah, then Los Angeles. At 15 she landed a small role in her first movie, Gasoline Love (1923). Her big break was the female lead in the silent classic The Wedding March (1928), co-starring with early auteur Erich von Stroheim.

As Wray tells the story, she was offered a role opposite "the tallest, darkest leading man in Hollywood", and she hoped it was Clark Gable, but instead it was King Kong (1933). She played the giant gorilla's love interest, Ann Darrow. It was her most famous role, and made hers Hollywood's most famous scream for decades.

Wray retired from films in the 1940s, returning in the '50s to make not-so-classics like Tammy and the Bachelor (1957). Her last acting was a supporting role in Henry Fonda's 1980 TV movie, Gideon's Trumpet. In recent decades, she's written an autobiography, On the Other Hand, and a play, The Meadowlark.

Husband: John Monk Saunders (writer, m. 1928, div. 1939)
Husband: Robert Riskin (writer, m. 1942, d. 1955)
Husband: Sandy Rothenberg (neurosurgeon, m. 1960s, d. 1990s)
Boyfriend: Clifford Odets

    High School: Hollywood High School, Hollywood, CA

    Canada's Walk of Fame 2005

    The Pride of the Family Catherine Morrison (1953-55)

    Broadway: The Golden Age (Apr-2003) · Herself
    Universal Horror (8-Oct-1998) · Herself
    Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's (Oct-1997) · Herself
    Gideon's Trumpet (30-Apr-1980)
    Summer Love (10-Mar-1958)
    Dragstrip Riot (Mar-1958)
    Tammy and the Bachelor (14-Jun-1957)
    Crime of Passion (9-Jan-1957) · Alice Pope
    Rock, Pretty Baby (Dec-1956)
    Queen Bee (7-Nov-1955) · Sue McKinnon
    The Cobweb (7-Jun-1955) · Edna Devanal
    Hell on Frisco Bay (1955)
    Small Town Girl (10-Apr-1953) · Mrs. Gordon Kimbell
    Treasure of the Golden Condor (4-Feb-1953)
    Adam Had Four Sons (27-Mar-1941) · Molly
    Melody for Three (1941)
    Wildcat Bus (23-Aug-1940) · Ted Dawson
    Murder in Greenwich Village (3-Nov-1937)
    It Happened in Hollywood (7-Sep-1937) · Gloria Gay
    When Knights Were Bold (19-Feb-1936)
    Alias Bulldog Drummond (Apr-1935) · Ann Manders
    Woman in the Dark (9-Nov-1934)
    The Richest Girl in the World (21-Sep-1934) · Sylvia
    Black Moon (15-Jun-1934)
    The Affairs of Cellini (5-May-1934)
    Viva Villa! (10-Apr-1934) · Teresa
    The Clairvoyant (1934) · Rene
    The Bowery (7-Oct-1933) · Lucy Calhoun
    One Sunday Afternoon (1-Sep-1933) · Virginia Brush
    Shanghai Madness (4-Aug-1933)
    Ann Carver's Profession (9-Jun-1933)
    Below the Sea (29-Mar-1933) · Diana
    King Kong (2-Mar-1933) · Ann Darrow
    Mystery of the Wax Museum (17-Feb-1933) · Charlotte Duncan
    The Vampire Bat (10-Jan-1933) · Ruth Bertin
    The Most Dangerous Game (9-Sep-1932) · Eve
    Doctor X (3-Aug-1932) · Joanne
    The Unholy Garden (28-Oct-1931)
    The Finger Points (11-Apr-1931) · Marcia Collins
    Dirigible (4-Apr-1931) · Helen
    Captain Thunder (27-Dec-1930)
    The Texan (10-May-1930)
    Paramount on Parade (22-Apr-1930)
    Behind the Make-Up (11-Jan-1930)
    Thunderbolt (20-Jun-1929)
    The Four Feathers (Jun-1929)
    The Wedding March (6-Oct-1928)
    The Legion of the Condemned (10-Mar-1928)

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