After some stage and film experience in England, Colman moved to the USA in 1920. Though a formidable romantic lead in the silent era, it was with the sound film that Colman best asserted himself. His...
The Wrestler star landed a special Halloween treat as he became the 254th celebrity to have his prints immortalised at the historic Hollywood venue.
The actor was emotional as he spoke about his beloved grandmother, who raised Rourke and his brother Joe, insisting she would have been pleased to see him joining the ranks of silver screen icons honoured at Grauman's.
Rourke even inscribed a heart and the word 'Granma' (sic) next to his autograph in the wet cement.
He told the crowd, "She knew about all these people here. I used to watch TV and she'd tell me who Errol Flynn was and who Ronald Colman was. Of course, her favourite actor was a gangster actor - George Raft - so that runs in the family...
"(Today) she would have told me to stand up straight, keep my shoulders back, 'Make sure you take that goddamn toothpick out of your mouth so you don't look like some white trash hillbilly standing on the corner.'
"She would have said, 'Be polite, be a gentleman, say please and thank you'... Thank you very much. Thank you from my grandmother because I wouldn't be here if I didn't have the love she gave me."
Hollywood legend Fay Wray, best known for playing the shrieking damsel in distress in the 1933 original classic King Kong, died Sunday of natural causes, The Associated Press reports. She was 96. Wray apparently passed away quietly in her sleep at her Manhattan apartment, said Rick McKay, a friend and director of the 2003 documentary Broadway: The Golden Age, the last film she appeared in.
Wray had a long and satisfying career, in which she appeared with such stars as Ronald Colman, Gary Cooper and Spencer Tracy. Her other films included The Four Feathers, The Texan, One Sunday Afternoon and The Unholy Garden.
But she was forever destined to be linked with the rampaging giant gorilla in movie fans' minds.
"I used to resent King Kong," she once said in a 1963 interview. "But now I don't fight it anymore. I realize that it is a classic, and I am pleased to be associated with it."
The Empire State Building--the infamous skyscraper that King Kong scaled while holding tight to the petite Wray--will dim its lights for 15 minutes Tuesday in honor of the actress, a building spokesman told AP.
Wray wrote in her 1988 autobiography,On the Other Hand: "Each time I arrive in New York and see the skyline and the exquisite beauty of the Empire State Building, my heart beats a little faster. I like that feeling. I really like it!"
Wray quit working in 1942 to be a wife and mother, AP reports. Her first husband was John Monk Saunders, who wrote such air films as Wings and The Dawn Patrol. After a divorce, she married Robert Riskin, the writer of It Happened One Night, Lost Horizon and other Frank Capra films. In 1950, Riskin suffered a stroke and died five years later.
Returning to work in 1953, Wray appeared mostly in motherly roles in youth-oriented films like Tammy and the Bachelor and Summer Love. In 1979, she played opposite Henry Fonda in a TV drama, Gideon's Trumpet.
Wray is survived by daughter, Susan, from her first marriage to Saunders, and two children, Robert and Vicky, with Riskin.
After some stage and film experience in England, Colman moved to the USA in 1920. Though a formidable romantic lead in the silent era, it was with the sound film that Colman best asserted himself. His suavity and exceptional good looks coupled with his engaging, beautifully modulated, crushed velvet voice made him the perfect hero of many adventure movies, though he was also adept at comedy and romantic drama.
born on July 24, 1944; mother, Benita Hume; survived him