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Fay Wray

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Vina Fay Wray (September 15, 1907August 8, 2004) was a Canadian-born American actress. Born on a ranch near Cardston, Alberta, her family moved to the United States when she was three. They lived in Arizona and Salt Lake City, Utah before settling in California, where she got her first film work in Hal Roach comedy shorts and in low-budget westerns.

Wray gained media attention when she was selected as one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars in 1926, which landed her a contract at Paramount.

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 massive failure (due to the fact that it was silent in a world of new talking pictures), but it gave Wray her first lead role.

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

Wray also appeared in over a hundred other films, mostly in the 1930s, including The Four Feathers (1929), Doctor X (1932), The Most Dangerous Game (1932), The Vampire Bat (1933), and Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933). She also appeared in Viva Villa, The Texan, The Conquering Horde, and One Sunday Afternoon. Later in her career, Wray appeared in Small Town Girl, Tammy and the Bachelor, and Summer Love.

Wray was married to John Monk Saunders, Robert Riskin, and Dr. Sanford Rothenberg. She is the mother of Susan Saunders, Victoria Riskin and Robert Riskin Jr.

Her autobiography, On the Other Hand (ISBN 0312022654), was published in 1988.

Wray has a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. She recieved a posthumous star on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto on June 5, 2005.

Wray died at her home in Manhattan, New York State, USA and was interred in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood.

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