Wray, Fay

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Fay Wray
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Name
Wray, Fay Gender: F
Vina Fay Wray
born on 15 September 1907
Place Cardston, Canada, 49n12, 113w18
Timezone MST h7w (is standard time)
Data source
Date w/o time
Rodden Rating X
Collector: Taglilatelo
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 21°46' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif or s_sagcol.18.gif



Biography

American actress, most noted for her role as the female lead in "King Kong."

Wray got her breakthrough role in films in the 1928 silent movie, "The Wedding March" and became a busy leading lady. In 1933, the year of "King Kong" she made a total of 11 films. Her career peaked in the 1930s and in 1942, she quit working to be a wife and mother. Her first husband was John Monk Saunders, a screenwriter. They had a daughter Susan. After she divorced Saunders, she married Robert Riskin, another writer, who suffered a stroke in 1950. He never recovered and died five years later. Their marriage yielded two more children. Sixteen years after his death, she married his physician, Sandford Rothenberg.

Wray went back to work in 1953, appearing mostly in motherly roles, but "King Kong" remains her most noted role, a role she sometimes resented being identified with.

Born in rural Canada, she moved to the US with her family when she was 3. She wanted to be an actress from the time she was young. She published her autobiography "On the Other Hand" in 1988.

She died on August 8, 2004 in Manhattan, NY, just a month before her 97th birthday. A friend said she just "drifted off quietly as if she was going to sleep."

Link to Wikipedia biography

Events

  • Death, Cause unspecified 8 August 2004 (nearly 97 years old)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1988 (autobiography)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1933 (starred in "King Kong")
  • Work : Gain social status 1933 (made 11 films/much in demand)

Source Notes

PT quotes Wray's obituary, born "near Cardston in rural Alberta, Canada.

Categories

  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Three from two marriages)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Three)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
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