Friday, April 07, 2006

Canada Post To Issue Fay Wray Stamp

The Fay Wray stamp will be available for sale in post offices across the country on May 26, 2006, as part of a set celebrating Canadians in Hollywood.
Born in Cardston, Alberta in 1907, Fay Wray later moved to Arizona. At the age of 14, she went to California dreaming of a movie career and before long, began picking up small parts in westerns and comedy shorts. In 1926, Erich von Stronheim cast Wray as the female lead in The Wedding March – her own all-time personal favourite role. Shortly after, she played opposite Gary Cooper in the war drama, Legion of the Condemned and was re-teamed with him for 1928's The First Kiss.

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But it was the classic "beauty and the beast" film, King Kong (1933) that secured Fay Wray's place in film history. Wray was cast as an actress who becomes the love object of a monster gorilla. After a rampage in the streets of New York, Kong scales the Empire State Building with Fay Wray in his hairy hands.

Following her retirement from acting, Wray turned to producing plays and writing short stories and her autobiography. According to Wray's biography notes on Yahoo!® Movies, Wray came to terms with the original source of her fame and her reputation as one of Hollywood's original "scream queens" and grew to look fondly on her simian co-star and the magical cinematic accomplishments of King Kong.

After her death in August 2004, at the age of 96, the lights at the Empire State Building were dimmed in her memory.