Fay Wray

Fay Wray
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Studio publicity photo
Born
Vina Fay Wray

(1907-09-15)September 15, 1907
DiedAugust 8, 2004(2004-08-08) (aged 96)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Resting placeHollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, California
OccupationActress
Years active1923–1980
Spouse(s)
John Monk Saunders
(m. 1928; div. 1939)

Robert Riskin
(m. 1942; died 1955)

Sanford Rothenberg
(m. 1971; died 1991)
ChildrenSusan Riskin
Victoria Riskin
Robert Riskin Jr.[1][2]

Vina Fay Wray (September 15, 1907 – August 8, 2004) was an American actress most noted for starring as Ann Darrow in the 1933 film King Kong. Through an acting career that spanned nearly six decades, Wray attained international recognition as an actress in horror films. She has been dubbed one of the early "scream queens".

After appearing in minor film roles, Wray gained media attention after being selected as one of the "WAMPAS Baby Stars" in 1926. This led to her being contracted to Paramount Pictures as a teenager, where she made more than a dozen feature films. After leaving Paramount, she signed deals with various film companies, being cast in her first horror film roles, in addition to many other types of roles, including in The Bowery (1933) and Viva Villa (1934), both of which starred Wallace Beery. For RKO Radio Pictures, Inc., she starred in the film for which she is most identified, King Kong (1933). After the success of King Kong, Wray made numerous appearances in both film and television; she retired in 1980.

Early life

Wray was born on a ranch near Cardston in the province of Alberta, Canada to Mormon parents, Elvina Marguerite Jones, who was from Salt Lake City, Utah, and Joseph Heber Wray, who was from Kingston upon Hull, England.[3] She was one of six children[4] and was a granddaughter of LDS pioneer Daniel Webster Jones. Wray was never a Mormon herself.[citation needed]

Her family returned to the United States a few years after she was born; they moved to Salt Lake City in 1912[5] and moved to Lark, Utah, in 1914. In 1919, the Wray family returned to Salt Lake City, and then relocated to Hollywood, where Fay attended Hollywood High School.