Fay Wray, King Kong's True Love, Dies At 96

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  1. Peter Kline

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    Very sad news. Truly a legendary actress. Rumor had it that she was offered a cameo in the upcoming remake.

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    RIP, Ms. Wray.

    The first actress I was ever in love with, at the tender age of 12...
     
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    Sad news.

    It's too bad she didn't get the chance to cameo in the remake, but I expect the film will be dedicated to her. [​IMG]

    "It was beauty killed the beast..."
     
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    Sad, sad news. One of the last living legends from the early days of film. May she rest in peace. [​IMG]

    The full article makes it clear that she embraced the iconic status of her role in King Kong. That's not a quality you see much these days, with so many actors resenting their most popular work as time goes by.
     
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    Truly sad news. I hope that Warner was able to involve her in the eventual DVD for King Kong.

    R.I.P.
     
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    She lived a long life but it's too bad she didn't live just a few years more. [​IMG]

    RIP
     
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    Aw, rats. She was great in Kong, and even in her eighties was a fun, upbeat interview whenever someone did a story on that movie.
     
  10. Henry Gale

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    When I see photos, or film, of most early actresses, I'm mystified as to why they were considered attractive. There was no mystery with Faye, she was hot. And even in photos from her 9th decade, I could still see the beauty.
    I'll miss that girl.
     
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    Sad news, I loved her in King Kong. It would have been great to see a cameo in the upcoming film, RIP Fay.
     
  12. Henry Gale

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    Today's NYTimes has their March 1933 review of King Kong, including this line... That's the power of an exciting black & white film that can make someone see "red."
    Hope no one will mistake my thoughts when I say that I'm glad that when Miss Wray died, 71 years after the release of King Kong, the Empire State Building was the tallest in town.
     
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    She will be missed terribly.
     
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    CBS news announced that the lights of the Empire State Building will be dimmed tomorrow in tribute to Fay. A nice gesture.
     
  15. Jim Peavy

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    I heard this too, and agree it's a wonderful way of honoring her memory.

    The last remaining actor of my favorite film of all time. She did, though, have a long, full life.

    Rest In Peace, Fay Wray.


    Yes, let's hope!
     
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    Fay will definitely be missed. I remember reading a Jean Harlow biography a few years ago called "Platinum Girl" which stated that Harlow turned down King Kong which was going to be produced by RKO. It said that Jean was very unenthusiastic about the part of the "screaming blonde" and asked Howard Hughes, who owned her contract at the time, if a more suitable film could be found!!! History really has a way of working out, as King Kong is THE role that cemented Fay Wray's notoriety for decades to come. However, I could understand though why the role may not have seemed appealing to an up and coming Jean Harlow 71 years ago. I am glad Fay accepted the role, as this role will endear her to movie lovers for an eternity. Fay will definitely be missed.

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    Wow. She was still so active even a month ago...

    Atleast she had a good long go of things.[​IMG]
     
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    Joyous

    Gracious

    Humorous

    Kind

    Athletic

    and so very alive...

    It saddens me greatly when we lose people who have so much happiness to give the world. She was a remarkable woman.

    There is no Kong without Fay Wray. The two are an inseparable pair.

    I was heartened to hear that Faye passed very peacefully in her sleep. She just slipped away into legend.

    Her star flickered briefly for only a moment but never has it dimmed.

    The Immortal Scream of Fay Wray
     
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    A very nice gesture.

    I read the 1996 PJ script for King Kong, where there was an obvious cameo for Fay Wray. She was to play an elderly lady on the street, and at the end of the film, she was to say the immortal line "'Twas beauty killed the beast". I would have liked to see her in the film, delivering a line like that. But it is not to be.

    Condolences to her family and all that knew her.
     
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    I still cannot get over -- pardon my sexism here -- what a knockout babe she was back in the day. What a classy woman. There just aren't enough like her in Hollywood.
     

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