Vina Fay Wray (September 15, 1907 August 8, 2004) was a Canadian-American actress. 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, she 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 as Ann Darrow in the film for which she is most identified, King Kong. After the success of King Kong, Wray made numerous appearances in both film and television, before retiring in 1980. Her final role was opposite Henry Fonda in the Made-for-TV Movie Gideon's Trumpet.
In addition to acting, Wray collaborated with Sinclair Lewis to write the 1938 play Angela Is Twenty-Two, which was adapted into the 1944 film This Is the Life.
Two days after her death in 2004, the lights of the Empire State Building were lowered for 15 minutes in her memory.
Her films on TV Tropes:
- The Wedding March (1925) as Mitzi / Mitzerl Schrammell
- The Finger Points (1931) as Marcia
- Doctor X (1932) as Joanne Xavier
- The Most Dangerous Game (1932) as Eve Trowbridge
- The Vampire Bat (1933) as Ruth Bertin
- Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) as Charlotte Duncan
- King Kong (1933) as Ann Darrow
- Viva Villa! (1934) as Teresa
- The Cobweb (1955) as Edna Devanal