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Fay Wray Biography and Filmography
Fay Wray
Birthday: September 15, 1907
Birth Place: Cardston, Alberta, Canada
Height: 5' 3"
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The daughter of a Canadian rancher, Fay Wray was raised in California. While attending Hollywood High School, Wray appeared in the annual Pilgrimage Play. Exhilarated by this brush with show business, she decided to try her luck as a film actress, and spent the next few months leaving her pictures and resum
Gideon's Trumpet (1980)
The Case of the Watery Witness (1959)
The Case of the Prodigal Parent (1958)
A Dip in the Pool (1958)
Dragstrip Riot (1958)
[ Connie Stevens ]
Summer Love (1958)
[ Jill St. John ][ Shelley Fabares ]
The Iron Horse (1957)
Tammy and the Bachelor (1957)
[ Debbie Reynolds ]
Crime of Passion (1957)
[ Barbara Stanwyck ]
Rock, Pretty Baby (1956)
[ Shelley Fabares ]
Holiday in Autumn (1955)
My Son Is Gone (1955)
Queen Bee (1955)
[ Joan Crawford ][ Juanita Moore ]
The Cobweb (1955)
[ Lauren Bacall ][ Lillian Gish ][ Gloria Grahame ][ Susan Strasberg ]
Hell on Frisco Bay (1955)
[ Jayne Mansfield ]
Small Town Girl (1953)
[ Billie Burke ][ Lorraine Burnett ]
Treasure of the Golden Condor (1953)
[ Anne Bancroft ]
Not a Ladies' Man (1942)
Adam Had Four Sons (1941)
[ Ingrid Bergman ][ Susan Ward ][ June Lockhart ]
Melody for Three (1941)
Wildcat Bus (1940)
Navy Secrets (1939)
Smashing the Spy Ring (1939)
The Jury's Secret (1938)
Murder in Greenwich Village (1937)
It Happened in Hollywood (1937)
They Met in a Taxi (1936)
Roaming Lady (1936)
When Knights Were Bold (1936)
Come Out of the Pantry (1935)
White Lies (1935)
Bulldog Jack (1935)
Mills of the Gods (1934)
Woman in the Dark (1934)
Cheating Cheaters (1934)
The Richest Girl in the World (1934)
Black Moon (1934)
The Affairs of Cellini (1934)
[ Lucille Ball ]
Viva Villa! (1934)
Once to Every Woman (1934)
The Countess of Monte Cristo (1934)
Madame Spy (1934)
The Clairvoyant (1934)
Shanghai Madness (1933)
The Woman I Stole (1933)
Ann Carver's Profession (1933)
Below the Sea (1933)
King Kong (1933)
Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)
The Vampire Bat (1933)
Master of Men (1933)
The Bowery (1933)
[ Lucille Ball ]
One Sunday Afternoon (1933)
The Big Brain (1933)
The Most Dangerous Game (1932)
Doctor X (1932)
Stowaway (1932)
The Unholy Garden (1931)
The Lawyer's Secret (1931)
The Finger Points (1931)
Dirigible (1931)
Three Rogues (1931)
The Conquering Horde (1931)
Captain Thunder (1930)
The Sea God (1930)
The Border Legion (1930)
The Texan (1930)
Paramount on Parade (1930)
Behind the Make-Up (1930)
Pointed Heels (1929)
The Four Feathers (1929)
Thunderbolt (1929)
The Wedding March (1928)
The First Kiss (1928)
Street of Sin (1928)
The Legion of the Condemned (1928)
The Honeymoon (1928)
Loco Luck (1927)
Spurs and Saddles (1927)
A One Man Game (1927)
Lazy Lightning (1926)
The Slow Cow Puncher (1926)
The Saddle Tramp (1926)
The Wild Horse Stampede (1926)
Don't Shoot (1926)
The Man in the Saddle (1926)
Don Key (Son of Burro) (1926)
One Wild Time (1926)
Chasing the Chaser (1925)
Thundering Landlords (1925)
Isn't Life Terrible? (1925)
What Price Goofy (1925)
Sure-Mike (1925)
The Coast Patrol (1925)
Should Sailors Marry? (1925)
Moonlight and Noses (1925)
A Lover's Oath (1925)
Your Own Back Yard (1925)
Unfriendly Enemies (1925)
No Father to Guide Him (1925)
Madame Sans Jane (1925)
Just a Good Guy (1924)
Gasoline Love (1923)
  • Referenced in the 1998 song "Are You Jimmy Ray?" by Jimmy Ray
  • Made a special guest appearance at The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998) (TV). Billy Crystal introduced a small film of her work in RKO's King Kong (1933) and then climbed off the stage, standing next to Miss Wray in the audience and then announced her presence. He described her as the "Beauty who charmed the Beast" and the "Legendary Fay Wray". A surprised Miss Wray rose from her seat to instantaneous rapturous applause and waved to the whole audience. Unusually, for a star of her stature, there was no standing ovation as Miss Wray did not appear on the main award stage. Billy Crystal innocently teased her about it being the "This Is Your Life" (1952) show and thanked her for being a part of the celebration of the 70 years of the Academy Awards. Miss Wray then assisted Billy Crystal announce the next presenters, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, to which there was further applause for Miss Wray, who smiled with gratitude.
  • She had a daughter, 'Susan Riskin' , by her first marriage to the writer John Monk Saunders and two children, 'Robert Riskin Jr' and Victoria Riskin, by her second marriage to the writer Robert Riskin.
  • She was "almost" a vegetarian and always stuck to her rule not to eat late at night. She woke up long before sunrise and spent a lot of time writing.
  • Best remembered as the girl held in the hand of RKO's King Kong (1933).
  • She drove a car into her nineties.
  • In January 2003, a 95 year-old Fay Wray was awarded the "Legend in Film" Award at the Palm Beach International Film Festival when she appeared there in person to celebrate Rick McKay's film "Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There," which she also appeared in. In addition to her honor, McKay's film was honored with the Audience Award "Best Documentary" of the festival by unanimous vote. Adrien Brody and Robert Evans won awards in addition to Wray and McKay at the same festival.
  • She is regarded as Hollywood's first "scream queen". This was due to the 1932-1933 season when she made the early Technicolor thrillers Doctor X (1932) and Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) (both at Warner Brothers with Lionel Atwill). She also costarred in The Vampire Bat (1933) at Majestic (again with Atwill) and at RKO she made The Most Dangerous Game (1932) and, of course, King Kong (1933).
  • Despite leaving Canada at an early age, she often visited Cardston, Alberta, her hometown.
  • Saved RKO from bankruptcy with the movie King Kong.
  • On August 10, 2004, two days after her death, the lights on the Empire State Building in New York City (scene of the climax from her most popular film "King Kong") were dimmed for 15 minutes in her memory.
  • Was guest of honor in 1991, at the 60th birthday of the Empire State Building in New York City.
  • Buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, California. This cemetery is near downtown Hollywood just blocks from Hollywood and Vine Streets. The cemetery is across from Paramount Studios and surrounded by many businesses and easy to miss for first time travelers.
  • She is referenced twice in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show". During the Floorshow, Frank says 'Whatever happened to Fay Wray/that delicate, satin-draped frame/as it clung to her thigh, how I started to cry/cause I wanted to be dressed just the same'; in the opening song, 'then something went wrong/for Fay Wray and King Kong/they got caught in a celluloid jam'.
  • Her brother, J. Vivian Wray, suffered from a mental disorder and was confined to a sanitarium. He escaped and apparently committed suicide by throwing himself in front of a streetcar in Stockton, California, June 4, 1928.
  • On the main street of Cardston, Alberta, Canada, her birthplace, there is the "Fay Wray Fountain." Cardston is also home to the first Mormon Temple in Canada.
  • She spent time with and became friends with Peter Jackson, a major fan, while he was in process of developing his remake of 'King Kong'. Before she passed on, Wray also meet and became friendly with Naomi Watts, who she also approved for playing the part that Wray originated, "Ann Darrow".
  • For the remake of King Kong (2005), director Peter Jackson wanted Fay to say the closing line of the film. Since she died before it was done, the line went to Jack Black.
  • Pictured on one of four 51¢ Canadian commemorative postage stamps honoring "Canadians in Hollywood", issued 22 May 2006. Others honored in this set are John Candy, Lorne Greene, and Mary Pickford.
  • Miss Wray was originally offered the role of the 'Older Rose' in Titanic (1997) but turned it down.

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