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Vina Fay Wray

Birthdate: (96)
Birthplace: Mountain View, Division No. 3, Alberta, Canada
Death: August 9, 2004 (96)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA
Place of Burial: Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Joseph Heber Wray and Elvina Marquerite Jones
Wife of Reuben Robert Riskin and Dr. Sanford (Sanny) Fallows Rothenberg
Ex-wife of John Monk Saunders
Mother of Susan Saunders Riskin; Robert Riskin, Jr. and Victoria Ritels
Sister of Joseph Vivien Wray; Vaida Viola Wray; Willow Wynona Wray; Richard Goulding Wray and Victor Ernest Wray

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About Fay Wray


Vina Fay Wray (September 15, 1907 – August 8, 2004) was a Canadian–American actress and the first ever scream queen.

In 1928, director Erich von Stroheim cast Wray as the main female lead in his troubled production of The Wedding March, which sent Hollywood in a buzz for its high budget and production values. It was a financial failure, but it gave Wray her first lead role.

She is best remembered for her role as Ann Darrow, the blonde seductress of the gigantic gorilla in the classic horror/adventure film King Kong (1933). She wore a blonde wig over her naturally dark hair for the role.

She continued in films but by the early 1940s her appearances grew sporadic. She appeared frequently on television making her final appearance in 1980. Her autobiography, On the Other Hand, was published in 1988.

In the later years of her life, Wray continued to make public appearances, and was a guest at the 70th Academy Awards, where the show's host, Billy Crystal introduced her and paid tribute to her film legacy.

Wray was approached to appear in a small cameo for the 2005 remake of King Kong, and also met with Naomi Watts who was to play the Ann Darrow role. Before filming commenced, however, Wray died in her sleep on August 8, 2004, in her Manhattan apartment of natural causes (writers of the remake did honor her, however, with a comical mention in that film). She was 96 years old, only 38 days short of her 97th birthday. Wray was interred at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, California. After her death was announced the lights on the Empire State Building were extinguished for 15 minutes in her memory.

For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Fay Wray has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6349 Hollywood Blvd. She received a posthumous star on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto on June 5, 2005. A small park near Lee's Creek on Main Street in Cardston, Alberta, is named "Fay Wray Park" in her honor. The small sign at the edge of the park on Main Street has a silhouette of King Kong on it. In May 2006, Wray became one of the first four entertainers to ever be honored by Canada Post by being featured on a postage stamp.

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Fay Wray's Timeline

September 15, 1907
Mountain View, Division No. 3, Alberta, Canada
Age 28
Age 35
Age 38
August 9, 2004
Age 96
Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States