Fay Wray

September 15, 1907 – August 8, 2004

One could do worse than to be associated with a giant ape for the last 70 years of one’s life. Throughout the 1920s, Vina Fay Wray was an up-and-coming starlet under contract with Paramount Pictures where she made more than a dozen films and successfully navigated the dreaded transition from “silents” to “talkies.” When her Paramount contract was up, Wray shopped around and eventually signed movie deals with a number of other studios, including RKO pictures. It was with RKO that she shot to stardom as the ultimate damsel in distress in 1933’s seminal horror film King Kong. She followed Kong up with a lifetime of credits. After trying to retire for the first time in 1942, she returned and worked in movies and guest starred in television shows for nearly four more decades. In 1980, she retired from acting again. For good, this time. But she didn’t become a recluse. She made many public appearances and was still sought after for roles such as 1997’s Titanic and the 2005 remake of King Kong. She declined such offers. Shortly after deciding not to be involved in the Kong remake, Wray died in her sleep at the age of 96.

Burial

Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Los Angeles, CA

Specific Location

Garden of Legends – Next to a bench under a willow tree at the southwest corner of the lake.

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