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Fay Wray – MovieActors.com

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Wray in KING KONG.

About Fay Wray (1907 – 2004)

Fay Wray was born on September 15, 1907, in Near Cardston, Alberta, Canada. She was one of six children in this Mormon family. Her mother was Elvina Marguerite Jones, and Joseph Heber Wray, who was from Kingston upon Hull, England. Her birth name is Vina Fay Wray.

The Queen of Scream is one of the nicknames Fay Wray was given. Also, Queen of the Bs was another nickname.

Her family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. Eventually, the family moved to Hollywood, California, around 1920, where her parents divorced, causing financial hard times. Fay went to Hollywood High School, and worked in her spare time in the film business.

Barely in her teens, Fay found work as an extra in films, because of her beauty. She got her foot in the door and was cast in film shorts.

At the age of 16, Fay played her first role in the silent motion picture, GASOLINE LOVE in 1923.

Some claim that she was an extra in the film, Ben Hur, in 1925.

In 1926, the Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers selected thirteen young starlets whom they deemed most likely to succeed in pictures. Fay Wray was one of those 13 starlets.
Faye began to get small but real roles in westerns, where she got screen credit, and was noticed by film producers in search of beautiful young actresses for their films.

THE WEDDING MARCH in 1928 started the leading roles for Fay Wray. She continued to play the leading role in THUNDERBOLT; (1929)

In 1933, Fay Wray was at Paramount working with Gary Cooper and Jack Holt in a number of films like MASTER OF MEN. Fay was regarded as Hollywood's first "scream queen". This came from the year of horror flicks 1932-1933, when she made the early Technicolor thrillers DOCTOR X (1932) and MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM (1933). She also co-starred in THE VAMPIRE BAT (1933), at RKO she made THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME (1932) and, of course, KING KONG (1933).

Fay Wray will forever be remembered as the girl in KING KONG. Perhaps no one in the history of pictures could scream more dramatically than Fay, and she really put on a show with the 1933 classic KING KONG.

In 1960, Faye won her star on the Hollywood Walk of FAme at 6349 Hollywood Blvd.

In 1975, 1989, and 2003, she was honored with special awards; a Special award from Academy of Science Fiction, Fantacy and Horror Films;(1975), a Crystal Award from Women in Films Crystal Awards;(1989), and a Legend in Film Award from Palm Beach International film Festival;(2003).

Fay Wray is referenced twice in THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. During the floor show, The character, Frank, says, ''Whatever happened to Fay Wray/that delicate, satin-draped frame/as it clung to her thigh, how I started to cry/cause I wanted to be dressed just the same'; in the opening song, 'then something went wrong/for Fay Wray and King Kong/they got caught in a celluloid jam."

Fay Wray's last performance before the cameras was a 1980 made for television movie, called GIDEON'S TRUMPET.

On August 8, 2004 Fay Wray passed away in Manhattan, New York from natural causes.

Fay Wray's notable movie credits include...

MURDER BY DEATH (1976)
DRAGSTRIP RIOT (1958)
SUMMER LOVE (1958)
CRIME OF PASSION (1957)
TAMMY AND THE BACHELOR (1957)
ROCK, PRETTY BABY (1956)
HELL ON FRISCO BAY (1955)
QUEEN BEE (1955)
TREASURE OF THE GOLDEN CONDOR (1953)
SMALL TOWN GIRL (1953)
NOT A LADIES' MAN (1942)
MELODY OF THREE (1941)
ADAM HAD FOUR SONS (1941)
WILDCAT BUS (1940)
NAVY SECRETS (1939)
THE JURY'S SECRET (1938)
MURDER IN GREENWICH VILLAGE (1937)
IT HAPPENED IN HOLLYWOOD (1937)
THEY MET IN A TAXI (1936)
ROAMING LADY (1936)
WHEN KNIGHTS WERE BOLD (1936)
WHITE LIES (1935)
COME TO THE PANTRY (1935)
ALIAS BULLDOG DRUMMOND (1935)
MILLS OF THE GODS (1934)
CHEATING CHEATERS (1934)
WOMAN IN THE DARK (1934)
BLACK MOON (1934)
VIVA VILLA! (1934)
THE RICHEST GIRL IN THE WORLD (1934)
THE COUNTESS OF MONTE CRISTO (1934)
THE CLAIRVOYANT (1934)
ONCE TO EVERY WOMAN (1934)
MASTER OF MEN (1933)
THE BOWERY (1933)
THE WOMAN I STOLE (1933)
SHANGHAI MADNESS (1933)
ONE SUNDAY AFTERNOON (1933)
DOCTOR X (1932)
THE FIRST KISS (1928)
STREET OF SIN (1928)
SURE-MIKE (1925)

Fay Wray's notable telvision credits include..

PERRY MASON (TV SERIES) 3 EPISODES:(1958, 1959, 1965)
ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS (TV Series Episodes 1958-1959)
THE GENERAL ELECTRIC THEATER (TV SERIES EPISODES 1957, 1958 & 1961)
THE PRIDE OF THE FAMILY (TV SERIES 1953-1954)



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Fay Wray in CRIME OF PASSION (1957).

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Fay Wray in KING KONG.