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Fay Wray

Fay Wray

According to her autobiography she stated that after she became a naturalized citizen she registered as a Republican and supported the party ever since.

Best remembered as the girl held in the hand of RKO's King Kong (1933).

Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 584-587. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.

Buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, California. This cemetery is near downtown Hollywood just blocks from Hollywood and Vine Streets. The cemetery is behind the Paramount Studios, surrounded by many businesses, and is easy to miss for first-time travelers.

Described Kong as her "little man".



Despite leaving Canada at an early age, she often visited Cardston, Alberta, her hometown.

For the remake of King Kong (2005), director Peter Jackson wanted Fay to say the closing line of the film. Since she died before it was done, the line went to Jack Black.

Gothic metal band Type O Negative wrote a song about her called, Fay Wray Come Out and Play.

Her brother, J. Vivian Wray, suffered from a mental disorder and was confined to a sanitarium. He escaped and apparently committed suicide by throwing himself in front of a streetcar in Stockton, California, on June 4, 1928.

In January 2003, a 95-year-old Fay Wray was awarded the "Legend in Film" Award at the Palm Beach International Film Festival when she appeared there in person to celebrate Rick McKay's film Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There (2003), which she also appeared in. In addition to her honor, McKay's film was honored with the Audience Award "Best Documentary" of the festival by unanimous vote. Adrien Brody and Robert Evans won awards in addition to Wray and McKay at the same festival.

Miss Wray was originally offered the role of the 'Older Rose' in Titanic (1997) but turned it down.

On The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998) (TV). Billy Crystal introduced a clip of her in King Kong (1933) and then came offstage and stood next to Miss Wray in the audience, and introduced her as the "Beauty who charmed the Beast, the Legendary Fay Wray". Miss Wray was completely caught off guard, appearing to have not even noticed that Billy Crystal had moved near her when the lights were turned down for the clip from King Kong (1933), then rose from her seat to rapturous applause and waved. Normally, the audience would have given her a standing ovation, but sensing her discombobulation at being caught off-guard on live, worldwide TV, they did not. (In retrospect, given Miss Wray's advanced age, perhaps the producers should have let her know their plans in advance.) Billy Crystal gently teased her that she was on "This Is Your Life" (1952) and thanked her for being a part of the evening. Miss Wray smiled with gratitude.

On August 10, 2004, two days after her death, the lights on the Empire State Building in New York City (scene of the climax from her most popular film, "King Kong") were dimmed for 15 minutes in her memory.

On the main street of Cardston, Alberta, Canada, her birthplace, there is the "Fay Wray Fountain." Cardston is also home to the first Mormon Temple in Canada.

Only saw King Kong (1933) four times.

Pictured on one of four 51¢ Canadian commemorative postage stamps honoring "Canadians in Hollywood" issued 22 May 2006. Others honored in this set are John Candy, Lorne Greene, and Mary Pickford.

Referenced in the 1998 song "Are You Jimmy Ray?" by Jimmy Ray.

Saved RKO from bankruptcy with the movie King Kong.

She drove a car into her nineties.

She had a daughter, 'Susan Riskin', by her first marriage to the writer John Monk Saunders and two children, 'Robert Riskin Jr' and Victoria Riskin, by her second marriage to the writer Robert Riskin.

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