Fay Wray (1907–2004)

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Canadian-born Fay Wray was brought up in Los Angeles and entered films at an early age. She was barely in her teens when she started working as an extra. She began her career as a heroine in westerns at Universal during the silent era. In 1926 the Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers selected 13 young starlets it deemed most likely to ... See full bio »

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Known For

King Kong Ann Darrow
Doctor X Joanne Xavier
Mystery of the Wax Museum Charlotte Duncan


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 1980 Gideon's Trumpet (TV Movie)
Edna Curtis
 1958-1965 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Mignon Germaine / Lorna Thomas / Ethel Harrison
- The Case of the Fatal Fetish (1965) ... Mignon Germaine
- The Case of the Watery Witness (1959) ... Lorna Thomas
- The Case of the Prodigal Parent (1958) ... Ethel Harrison
 1964 The Eleventh Hour (TV Series)
Mrs. Brubaker
- You're So Smart, Why Can't You Be Good? (1964) ... Mrs. Brubaker
 1962 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Mrs. Edwards
- The Cole Crawford Story (1962) ... Mrs. Edwards
 1957-1961 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Mrs. Bassett / Mrs. Turner
- Money and the Minister (1961) ... Mrs. Bassett
- The Odd Ball (1958)
- The Iron Rose (1957) ... Mrs. Turner
 1961 The Real McCoys (TV Series)
Fay Wray
- Theatre in the Barn (1961) ... Fay Wray (as Miss Fay Wray)
 1960 The Islanders (TV Series)
Mrs. Staunton
- Flight from Terror (1960) ... Mrs. Staunton
 1960 Hawaiian Eye (TV Series)
Amelia Goodwin
- Bequest of Arthur Goodwin (1960) ... Amelia Goodwin
 1960 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Clara Moore
- Who Killed Cock Robin (1960) ... Clara Moore
 1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Tula Marsh
- The Second Happiest Day (1959) ... Tula Marsh
 1959 The David Niven Show (TV Series)
- The Promise (1959) ... Allison
 1958-1959 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Mrs. Nelson / Mrs. Renshaw
- The Morning After (1959) ... Mrs. Nelson
- Dip in the Pool (1958) ... Mrs. Renshaw
 1958 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- Penny Wise (1958)
 1958 Dragstrip Riot
Norma Martin / Mrs. Martin
 1958 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- Eddie (1958)
 1957 World in White (TV Movie)
Mrs. Victor
 1957 Summer Love
Beth Daley
 1957 Telephone Time (TV Series)
Miss Perry
- Alice's Wedding Gown (1957) ... Miss Perry
 1957 Tammy and the Bachelor
Mrs. Brent
 1957 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
 1955-1957 Jane Wyman Presents the Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. Parr / Myra
- Killer's Pride (1957) ... Mrs. Parr
- Holiday in Autumn (1955) ... Myra
 1956 Rock, Pretty Baby!
Beth Daley
 1956 Crime of Passion
Alice Pope
 1955-1956 Studio 57 (TV Series)
Mary Collins
- Exit Laughing (1956)
- My Son Is Gone (1955) ... Mary Collins
 1956 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Agnes Marsh
- In Times Like These (1956) ... Agnes Marsh
 1956 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
Mary Parker
- It's Always Sunday (1956) ... Mary Parker
 1955 Hell on Frisco Bay
Kay Stanley
 1955 Queen Bee
Sue McKinnon
 1955 Damon Runyon Theater (TV Series)
Mrs. Grace Harper
- There's No Forever (1955) ... Mrs. Grace Harper
 1955 The Cobweb
Edna Devanal
 1953-1954 The Pride of the Family (TV Series)
Catherine Morrison
- Albie's Train Trip (1954) ... Catherine Morrison
- Albie Baby Sits (1954) ... Catherine Morrison
- Albie's Discipline Campaign (1954) ... Catherine Morrison
- Albie and the New Catherine (1954) ... Catherine Morrison
- Bringing Back Romance (1954) ... Catherine Morrison
 1953 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
Mr. Jefferson Davis
- One Nation Indivisible (1953) ... Mr. Jefferson Davis
 1953 Small Town Girl
Mrs. Kimbell
 1953 Treasure of the Golden Condor
Annette, Marquise de St. Malo
 1942 Not a Ladies' Man
Hester Hunter
 1941 Melody for Three
Mary Stanley
 1941 Adam Had Four Sons
Molly Stoddard
 1940 Wildcat Bus
Ted Dawson
 1939 Navy Secrets
Carol Mathews - Posing as Carol Evans
 1938 Smashing the Spy Ring
Eleanor Dunlap
 1938 The Jury's Secret
Linda Ware
 1937 Murder in Greenwich Village
Kay Cabot aka Lucky
 1937 It Happened in Hollywood
Gloria Gay
 1936 They Met in a Taxi
Mary Trenton
 1936 Roaming Lady
Joyce Reid
 1936 When Knights Were Bold
Lady Rowena
 1935 Come Out of the Pantry
Hilda Beach-Howard
 1935 Alias Bulldog Drummond
Ann Manders
 1935 The Clairvoyant
 1934 White Lies
Joan Mitchell
 1934 Mills of the Gods
Jean Hastings
 1934 Woman in the Dark
Louise Loring
 1934 Cheating Cheaters
Nan Brockton
 1934 The Richest Girl in the World
Sylvia Lockwood
 1934 The Affairs of Cellini
 1934 Black Moon
Gail Hamilton
 1934 Viva Villa!
 1934 Once to Every Woman
Nurse Mary Fanshawe
 1934 The Countess of Monte Cristo
Janet Krueger
 1934 Madame Spy
Marie Franck / B-24
 1933 Master of Men
Kay Walling
 1933 The Bowery
Lucy Calhoun
 1933 One Sunday Afternoon
Virginia Brush
 1933 The Big Brain
Cynthia Glennon
 1933 Shanghai Madness
Wildeth Christie
 1933 The Woman I Stole
Vida Carew
 1933 Ann Carver's Profession
Ann Carver Graham
 1933 Below the Sea
Diana Templeton
 1933 King Kong
Ann Darrow
 1933 Mystery of the Wax Museum
Charlotte Duncan
 1933 The Vampire Bat
Ruth Bertin
 1932 Doctor X
Joanne Xavier
 1932 Stowaway
Mary Foster
 1931 The Unholy Garden
Camille de Jonghe
 1931 The Lawyer's Secret
Kay Roberts
 1931 The Finger Points
Marcia Collins
 1931 The Stolen Jools (Short)
Fay Wray
 1931 Not Exactly Gentlemen
Lee Carleton
 1931 The Conquering Horde
Taisie Lockhart
 1931 Dirigible
Helen Pierce
 1930 Captain Thunder
 1930 The Honeymoon
 1930 The Sea God
 1930 The Border Legion
Joan Randall
 1930 The Texan
 1930 Paramount on Parade
Sweetheart - Episode 'Dream Girl'
 1930 Behind the Make-Up
Marie Gardoni
 1929 Pointed Heels
Lora Nixon
 1929 The Four Feathers
Ethne Eustace
 1929 Thunderbolt
 1928 The Wedding March
Mitzi / Mitzerl Schrammell
 1928 The First Kiss
Anna Lee
 1928 Street of Sin
 1928 The Legion of the Condemned
Christine Charteris
 1927 Spurs and Saddles
Mildred Orth
 1927 Loco Luck
Molly Vernon
 1927 A One Man Game
 1926 WAMPAS Baby Stars of 1926 (Short)
 1926 Lazy Lightning
Lila Rogers
 1926 The Show Cowpuncher (Short)
 1926 The Saddle Tramp (Short)
 1926 The Wild Horse Stampede
Jessie Hayden
 1926 Don't Shoot (Short)
Nancy Burton
 1926 The Man in the Saddle
Pauline Stewart
 1926 Four Square Steve (Short)
Milly (uncredited)
 1926 Don Key (Son of Burro) (Short)
 1926 One Wild Time (Short)
 1925 Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
Slave Girl (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1925 Moonlight and Noses (Short)
Miss Sniff, the Professor's Daughter
 1925 A Lover's Oath (uncredited)
 1925 Your Own Back Yard (Short)
Woman in Quarrelsome Couple
 1925 Unfriendly Enemies (Short)
The Girl
 1925 No Father to Guide Him (Short)
Beach House Cashier (uncredited)
 1925 Madame Sans Jane (Short)
 1925 Chasing the Chaser (Short)
 1925 Thundering Landlords (Short)
The Wife
 1925 Isn't Life Terrible? (Short)
Potential Pen-Buyer (uncredited)
 1925 What Price Goofy? (Short)
Concerned Girl with Perfume (uncredited)
 1925 Sure-Mike! (Short)
Salesgirl at Department Store
 1925 The Coast Patrol
Beth Slocum
 1924 Just a Good Guy (Short)
Girl Entering Taxi (uncredited)
 1924 Sweet Daddy (Short)
Lady in Car
 1923 Gasoline Love (Short)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(12/2/40) Radio: Appeared (as "Bonnie Skiles Rockne") in a Lux Theatre production of "Knute Rockne, All American". See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 5 Print Biographies | 3 Interviews | 23 Articles | 4 Pictorials | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Miss Fay Wray


5' 3" (1.6 m)


Dr. Sanford Fallows Rothenberg  (his death) | See more »


Susan Riskin | See more »


Joseph Heber Wray | Elvina Marguerite Jones


Amy Serna (niece or nephew)

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[2004] [Erich von Stroheim] never got treated correctly in Hollywood, but he made me feel very happy. See more »


On August 10, 2004, two days after her death, the lights on the Empire State Building in New York City (scene of the climax from her most popular film, King Kong (1933), were dimmed for 15 minutes in her memory. See more »


The role of Ann Darrow in the original King Kong


The Queen of the Bs See more »

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