To close out the Catacombs month-long salute to Halloween, lets take a fond look back at the lovely, elegant lady that became known as, The Beauty Who Charmed The Beast!
Fay Wray's role in the classic science fiction/horror/adventure film, King Kong, would become the role she would be most associated with. Despite having an enduring acting career that spanned 57 years until 1980, it was for her appearances in various early horror films including Doctor X, The Most Dangerous Game (both in 1932), The Vampire Bat, Mystery of the Wax Museum, King Kong (all in 1933) and The Clairvoyant (1934), that many have considered Wray as the very first Hollywood "scream queen".
In 2004, Wray was approached by director Peter Jackson to appear in a small cameo for his 2005 remake of King Kong. She met with Naomi Watts, who was cast in the role of Ann Darrow (the role Wray originally played). Before filming of the remake commenced, however, Wray died in her sleep of natural causes at the age of 96. Two days after her death, the lights of the Empire State Building were extinguished for 15 minutes in her memory.
[Above, top: King Kong & Canadian Postage Stamp & above, middle: with Lionel Atwill in Mystery of the Wax Museum.]