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Fay Wray

Fay Wray
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Birth nameVina Fay Wray
Birth dateSeptember 15, 1907
Place of birthCardston, Alberta, Canada
Date of deathAugust 8, 2004(age 96)
Death placeNew York City, New York, U.S.
Years active1919 1980
SpouseJohn Monk Saunders (1928 39, div.)
Robert Riskin (1942 55, his death)
Sanford Rothenberg (1971 91, his death)

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Fay Wray (born Vina Fay Wray; September 15, 1907 August 8, 2004) was a Canadian-American actress most noted for playing the lead in King Kong. Through an acting career that spanned 57 years, Wray attained international stardom as an actress in horror film roles, leading to many considering her as the first "scream queen".

After appearing in minor film roles, Wray gained media attention being selected as one of the "WAMPAS Baby Stars". This led to Wray being signed to Paramount Pictures as a teenager, where she made more than a dozen films. After leaving Paramount, she signed deals with various film companies, being cast in her first horror film roles among many other types of roles, including in The Bowery (1933) and Viva Villa (1934), both huge productions starring Wallace Beery. For RKO Radio Pictures, Inc., she starred in the film with which she is most identified, King Kong (1933). After the success of King Kong, Wray appeared in many major film roles and on television, finishing her acting career in 1980.

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