Fay Wray

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Fay Wray
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Vina Fay Wray

(1907-09-15)September 15, 1907
DiedAugust 8, 2004(2004-08-08) (aged 96)
Resting placeHollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, California
Years active1923–1980
Spouse(s)John Monk Saunders
(m.1928-1939; divorced)
Robert Riskin
(m.1942-1955; his death)
Sanford Rothenberg
(m.1971-1991; his death)

Fay Wray (born Vina Fay Wray; September 15, 1907 – August 8, 2004)[1] was a Canadian-American actress. She is best known for playing Ann Darrow in King Kong. Her acting career spanned 57 years, Wray received international renown as an actress in horror movie roles.

In 1989, Wray received the Women in Film Crystal Award.[2] Wray received a "Legend in Film" award at the 2003 Palm Beach International Film Festival. For her contribution to the movie industry, Wray received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6349 Hollywood Blvd. She received a star posthumously on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto on June 5, 2005.

A small park near Lee's Creek on Main Street in Cardston, Alberta, her birthplace, was named "Fay Wray Park". The small sign at the edge of the park on Main Street has a silhouette of King Kong on it, remembering her role in the film King Kong. A large oil portrait of Wray by Alberta artist Neil Boyle is on display in the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod, Alberta. In May 2006, Wray became one of the first four entertainers to ever be honored by Canada Post by being featured on a postage stamp.

Two days after her death, the lights of the Empire State Building were extinguished for 15 minutes in her memory.[3]

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  1. "report of Wray's death". BBC News. 2004-08-09. Retrieved 2011-03-09.
  2. "Past Recipients: Crystal Award". Women In Film. Archived from the original on February 15, 2015. Retrieved May 10, 2011.
  3. "Fay Wray - Empire State Building To Dim Lights In Remembrance Of Actress Fay Wray". UPI.com. Retrieved 2011-03-09.

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