Fay Wray

Actor, Screenwriter
Gripped in the giant hand of "King Kong" (1933) in a simulated New York City on the RKO backlot, Fay Wray emitted screams of terror that reverberated throughout a nation stunned by the Great Depression. By the time the ... Read more »
Born: 09/15/1907 in Alberta, CA

Filmography

Actor (60)

Fay Wray: A Life 2014 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Hollywoodland 2014 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Broadway: The Golden Age 2004 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's 1998 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Joe's Apartment 1996 (Movie)

Distinguished Dog (Actor)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1955 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

The General Electric Theater 1952 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

Playhouse 90 1956 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Jane Wyman Presents the Fireside Theater 1954 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

Crime of Passion 1957 (Movie)

Alice Pope (Actor)

Tammy and the Bachelor 1957 (Movie)

Mrs Brent (Actor)

Hell on Frisco Bay 1955 (Movie)

Kay Stanley (Actor)

Queen Bee 1955 (Movie)

Sue McKinnon (Actor)

The Cobweb 1955 (Movie)

Edna Devanal (Actor)

Small Town Girl 1953 (Movie)

Mrs. Gordon Kimbell (Actor)

Treasure of the Golden Condor 1953 (Movie)

Annette, Marquise de St. Malo (Actor)

Adam Had Four Sons 1940 (Movie)

Molly Stoddard (Actor)

Melody For Three 1940 (Movie)

Mary Stanley (Actor)

King Kong 1933 (Movie)

Ann Redman (Actor)

The Mystery of the Wax Museum 1932 (Movie)

Charlotte Duncan (Actor)

Doctor X 1931 (Movie)

Joanna Xavier (Actor)

The Finger Points 1930 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Wedding March 1927 (Movie)

Mitzi (Actor)

Ann Carver's Profession (Movie)

Ann Carver (Actor)

Black Moon (Movie)

Gail (Actor)

Blind Husbands (Movie)

(Actor)

Dirigible (Movie)

Helen Pierce (Actor)

Dragstrip Riot (Movie)

Mrs. Martin (Actor)

First Kiss (Movie)

Anna Lee (Actor)

Gideon's Trumpet (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood: The Golden Years (TV Show)

Actor

It Happened in Hollywood (Movie)

Gloria Gay (Actor)

Kraft Television Theater (TV Show)

Actor

Legion of the Condemned (Movie)

Christine Charteris (Actor)

Madame Spy (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

Master of Men (Movie)

Kay Walling (Actor)

Mills of the Gods (Movie)

Jean (Actor)

Murder in Greenwich Village (Movie)

Kay Cabot (Actor)

Navy Secrets (Movie)

Carol (Actor)

Once to Every Woman (Movie)

Head Nurse Fanshawe (Actor)

One Sunday Afternoon (Movie)

Virginia Brush (Actor)

Shanghai Madness (Movie)

Wildeth Christine (Actor)

Smashing the Spy Ring (Movie)

Eleanor Dunlap (Actor)

Stowaway (Movie)

Fay (Actor)

The Affairs of Cellini (Movie)

Angela (Actor)

The Big Brain (Movie)

Cynthia Glennon (Actor)

The Border Legion (Movie)

Joan Randall (Actor)

The Bowery (Movie)

Lucy Calhoun (Actor)

The Clairvoyant (Movie)

Rene (Actor)

The Countess of Monte Cristo (Movie)

Janet Krueger (Actor)

The Most Dangerous Game (Movie)

Eve Trowbridge (Actor)

The Richest Girl in the World (Movie)

Sylvia Vernon (Actor)

The Unholy Garden (Movie)

Camille de Jonghe (Actor)

The Vampire Bat (Movie)

Ruth Bertin (Actor)

The Woman I Stole (Movie)

Vida Corew (Actor)

They Met in a Taxi (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

Thunderbolt (Movie)

Mary/ "Ritzy" (Actor)

Universal Horror (TV Show)

Actor

Viva Villa! (Movie)

Teresa (Actor)

Woman in the Dark (Movie)

Louise Lorimer (Actor)

Biography

Gripped in the giant hand of "King Kong" (1933) in a simulated New York City on the RKO backlot, Fay Wray emitted screams of terror that reverberated throughout a nation stunned by the Great Depression. By the time the Canadian native was cast in the role of Ann Darrow, human inamorata of the eighth Wonder of the World, Wray was already a successful Hollywood actress whose previous leading men included William Powell, Gary Cooper and Fredric March. Her reputation with the major studios undermined by her marriage to brilliant but unstable writer John Monk Saunders, Wray divorced, remarried and retired on her own terms in 1942. The death of her second husband, screenwriter Robert Riskin, drove the aging actress back to work in character parts, including a comical turn as an affluent hypochondriac in "Tammy and the Bachelor" (1957). An iconic figure in cult film circles, Wray eventually turned her back on performing to enjoy frequent public appearances as herself. Living well into her nineties, Wray turned down the offer to contribute a cameo appearance to director Peter Jackson's 2005 remake of "King Kong" shortly before her death from natural causes in late 2004. Though she appeared in all manner of movies, from dramas and comedies to horror films and the early Westerns in which she had performed her own stunts, Fay Wray was resigned to the fate of being remembered principally for just one role, as well as for the honor of being cinema's first bona fide scream queen.

Relationships

John Wray

Brother

Robert Riskin Screenwriter

Husband
Married 1942 until his death 1955

Susan Riskin

Daughter
father, John Monk Saunders

Victoria Riskin

Daughter
father, Robert Riskin

Robert Riskin

Son
father, Robert Riskin

Sanford Rothenberg

Husband
Married 1971 until his death 1991

John Monk Saunders Short Story Author

Husband

John Wray

Father

EDUCATION

Hollywood High School

Hollywood, California

Milestones

1988

Reflected on RKO in "Hollywood: The Golden Years"

1980

Returned to acting to play Henry Fonda's landlady, "Gideon's Trumpet" (CBS)

1958

Retired from the screen

1953

TV series debut, "The Pride of the Family"

1953

Returned to the screen as character actress, "Small Town Girl"

1943

Co-wrote film "This is the Life"

1941

Retired from motion pictures

1937

Starred opposite Richard Dix in "It Happened in Hollywood"

1933

Most famous role, "King Kong"

1932

Breakthrough sound role, "The Most Dangerous Game"

1928

Star-making role, "The Wedding March"

1923

Film acting debut in "Gasoline Love"

Raised in the USA in California, Arizona and Utah; family eventually settled in Southern California

Bonus Trivia

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Some sources list her date of birth as September 10.

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