Born 1907 in the province of Alberta, Canada, Canadian-American actress Vina Fay Wray was most noted for starring as Ann Darrow in the 1933 film King Kong. Through an acting career that spanned nearly six decades, Wray attained international recognition as an actress in horror films. She has been dubbed one of the first “scream queens”.
After appearing in minor film roles, Wray gained media attention after being selected as one of the “WAMPAS Baby Stars” in 1926. This led to her being contracted to Paramount Pictures as a teenager, where she made more than a dozen feature films.
After leaving Paramount, Wray signed deals with various film companies, being cast in her first horror film roles, in addition to many other types of roles, including in The Bowery (1933) and Viva Villa (1934), both of which starred Wallace Beery. For RKO Radio Pictures, Inc., she starred in the film for which she is most identified, King Kong (1933). After the success of King Kong, Wray made numerous appearances in both film and television, before retiring in 1980.
Wray died in her sleep of natural causes in 2004, in her Manhattan apartment, a month before her 97th birthday.
Here below is a glamorous photo collection of young Fay Wray in the late 1920s and 1930s.