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Whatever happened to Fay Wray?

March 30th, 2010 (03:21 am)

current mood: sleepy

Fay Wray died in 2004, a little more than a month before her ninety-seventh birthday. She was such a memorable and beloved Ann Darrow in 1933's King Kong--the first actress to earn the label "scream queen"--that two days after she died, the lights of the Empire State Building were turned off for fifteen minutes in her honor.

When Kong came back to life in 1976, he dumped Ann for another beauty named Dwan.

The big ape nearly ended Jessica Lange's career before it began, but thanks to The Postman Always Rings Twice and Frances in 1981 and 1982, it was revived. So was Kong, who'd forgotten all about Dwan and traveled back in time for Naomi Watts's version of Ann Darrow in Peter Jackson's 2005 remake.

My own particular favorite Ann Darrow is the one on the desk in front of me. That face, that beautiful face.

Mattel, 2002


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