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Fay Wray
1907-2004

Canadian born Fay Wray was brought up in Los Angeles and entered films at an early age. Fay was barely in her teens when she started working as an extra. Her early career has been described as working in "Oaters" as she was often cast as the silent heroine in Westerns at Universal. In 1926, the Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers selected 13 young starlets whom they deemed most likely to succeed in pictures. Fay was chosen as one of these starlets along with Janet Gaynor and Mary Astor. Fame would indeed come to Fay when she played another heroine in The Stroheim's Wedding March, (1928). She would continue playing leads in a number of films such as the good-bad girl in Thunderbolt (1929). By the early 30's, she was at Paramount working with Gary Cooper and Jack Holt in a number of average films like Master of Men (1933). She also appeared in horror films such as Doctor X (1932) and Vampire Bat, The (1933) and it is not known whether the Horror is script driven or work driven. Next Fay was told that she would work with a tall dark leading man, only to find that it was a gorilla. Perhaps no one in the history of pictures could scream more dramatically than Fay, and she really put on a show with King Kong (1933). Fay's character provided a combination of sex appeal, vulnerability and lung capacity as she was stalked by the giant beast all the way to the top of the Empire State Building. But that was as far as Fay would rise as this was, after all, just another horror-type movie. After the King, she began a slow decline that put her into low-budget action films by the mid 30's. In 1939, her marriage to Saunders would end in divorce and her career would be almost finished. In 1942, Fay would remarry and retire from the screen, forever to be remembered as the girl in 'King Kong'. In 1953, she would make a comeback playing mature character roles and also appear on Television as Catherine, Natalie Wood's mother in "The Pride of the Family " (1953). She would continue to appear in films until 1958 and Television into the 60's.

Fay Wray passed away on August 8th, 2004, in her apartment in Manhattan, at age 96.

Filmography

1923
Gasoline love
1925
The coast patrol
1926
The wild horse stampede
Lazy lightning
The man in the saddle
1927
A one-man game
Loco Luck
Spurs and saddles
1928
Legion of I the Condemned
The Street of Sin
The first kiss
The Wedding March
The Honeymoon
1929
The Four Feathers
Thunderbolt
Pointed heels
1930
Behind the make-up
Paramount on parade
The Texan
The border Legion
The sea God
1931
The Conquering Horde
Dirigeable
The finger points
Not exactly gentlemen
Captain Thunder
The unholy garden
The lawyer's secret
1932
Stowaway
Doctor X
The Most Dangerous Game
1933
The vampire bat
The Mystery of the Wax Museum
King Kong
Below the Sea
Ann Carver's Profession
The woman I stole
The Big Brain
One Sunday Afternoon
Shanghai madness
The Bowery
Master of men

1934
Once To Every Woman
Madame Spy
The Countess of Monte Cristo
Viva Villa !
The Affairs of Cellim
Black Moon
The Richest Girl in the World
Cheating cheaters
White Lies
Woman in the Dark
1935
Mills of the Gods
The Clairvoyant
Come out of the pantry
1936
When knights were bold
Roaming Lady
They met in a taxi
1937
It Happened in Hollywood
Murder in Greenwich Village
1938
The Jury's Secret
Smashing the Spy Ring
1939
Navy secrets
1940
Wildcat bus
1941
Melody for three
Adam Had Four Sons
1942
Not a ladies'man
1953
Treasure of the Golden Condor
Small Town Girl
1955

The Cobweb
Queen Bee
1956
Hell on Frisco Bay
1957
Crime of passion
Rock, pretty baby
1958
Dragstrip riot
Summer love

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