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The Golden Age of Hollywood Movies 1931-1943 Vol X: Fay Wray

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Summary

Although Fay Wray made 80 movies in her career, she is largely remembered for only one, King Kong (1933), where her leading man was a gigantic ape. Her role consisted largely of looking frightened and screaming her head off. Nevertheless, that role catapulted her into film immortality.

Fay did not lead the life of the typical Hollywood starlet at the time. She was not flashy; did not actively seek publicity; and did not act like a diva, throwing temper tantrums on the set. She led a quiet and quite normal personal life and on the set did what she was told to. When her director told her to scream, she let loose for all she was worth. And so convincing and sensual were Fay's screams, that they were frequently used for other movies she did not even appear in.

Although Fay was a pretty woman and had an engaging screen presence, she never made it as a star and stayed a contract player throughout her film career. She was not a particularly sensual actress, and as a result seemed to have developed little sexual chemistry with her leading actors. And since for female actresses at the time the road to stardom was overt sexuality, Fay was simply bypassed for the breakout parts.

Fay was a lot like another famous actor of the era, Buster Crabbe (Flash Gordon), who led an equally quiet life. As a result, little was written about either of them. It is for this reason that I write this book about Fay, so that the public should know about the life of one of the truly decent actresses in the Golden Age of Hollywood moviemaking.

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