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"Fay Wray And Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir"

Book cover for Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir

Fay Wray was most famous as the woman who captured the heart of the mighty King Kong, the twenty-five-foot, sixty-ton gorilla, as he placed her, nestled in his eight-foot hand, on the ledge of the 102-story Empire State Building, putting Wray at the height of New York’s skyline and cinematic immortality. Wray starred in more than 120 pictures opposite Hollywood's biggest stars.

Wray’s counterpart, Robert Riskin, was considered one of the greatest screenwriters of all time. Academy Award–winning writer (nominated for five), producer, ten-year-long collaborator with Frank Capra on such pictures as "American Madness," "It Happened One Night," "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town," "Lost Horizon," and "Meet John Doe," hailed by many, among them F. Scott Fitzgerald, as “among the best screenwriters in the business.”

Fay Wray and Robert Riskin lived large lives and their daughter, Victoria Riskin, has recounted their stories in her book, "Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir."

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