Monday, December 24, 2007

Immigrant of the Day: Fay Wray (Canada)

Fay_28king_kong29_publicity_photo Kingkongposter Fay Wray (1907–2004), an actress in U.S. films, was born on a ranch in Alberta, Canada. Her family moved to the United States when she was three. Wray's family lived in in Arizona and Utah before settling in Los Angeles, where she got her first film work in Hal Roach comedy shorts and in low-budget westerns in the early 1920s.

Wray is best remembered for her role as Ann Darrow, the blonde seductress of a gigantic gorilla in the classic film King Kong (1933). She wore a blonde wig over her naturally dark hair for the role.

Wray became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1935.

Wray's autobiography, On the Other Hand, was published in 1988. Wray was a guest at the 70th Academy Awards, where the show's host, Billy Crystal introduced her and paid tribute to her film legacy. Wray was approached to appear in a small cameo for the 2005 re-make of King Kong (2005). Before filming commenced, however, Wray died in her sleep in August 2004 of natural causes.


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