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'King Kong' turns 75

'King Kong' turns 75

LOS ANGELES, March 24 (UPI) -- TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies are celebrating the 75th anniversary of "King Kong" by airing the 1933 and 2005 versions of the Hollywood film.

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Today is Friday, Sept. 15, the 258th day of 2006 with 107 to follow.
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LOS ANGELES, June 13 (UPI) -- A gay California couple celebrated their life together and their plans to spend eternity under the same headstone with a party in a graveyard.

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Today is Thursday, Sept. 15, the 258th day of 2005 with 107 to follow.
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'King Kong' makers weigh New York bash

NEW YORK, May 12 (UPI) -- Universal Pictures and New York officials weighed the cost and feasibility of putting on a splashy media event to kick off the remake of "King Kong."

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Today is Wednesday, Sept. 15, the 259th day of 2004 with 107 to follow.
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'King Kong's' Fay Wray dies at age 93

NEW YORK, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Fay Wray, who appeared in 100 movies but is best known for her role opposite a giant gorilla in "King Kong, has died in New York City at the age of 96.
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Fay Wray
Legendary actress Fay Wray, 97, makes a historic visit on May 15, 2004 to the observatory tower of the Empire State building which was made famous in her 1933 film "King Kong" (UPI/Ezio Petersen)

Fay Wray (born Vina Fay Wray; September 15, 1907 – August 8, 2004) was a Canadian-American actress most noted for playing the lead in King Kong. Through an acting career that spanned 57 years, Wray attained international stardom as an actress in horror film roles, leading to many considering her as the first "scream queen".

After appearing in minor film roles, Wray gained media attention being selected as one of the "WAMPAS Baby Stars". This led to Wray being signed to Paramount Pictures as a teenager, where she made more than a dozen films. After leaving Paramount, she signed deals with various film companies, being cast in her first horror film roles among many other types of roles, including in The Bowery (1933) and Viva Villa (1934), both huge productions starring Wallace Beery. For RKO Radio Pictures, Inc., she starred in the film with which she is most identified, King Kong (1933). After the success of King Kong, Wray appeared in many major film roles and on television, finishing her acting career in 1980.

Wray, a descendant of both Springfield, Massachusetts settler William Pynchon and Mormon pioneers, was born on a ranch near Cardston, Alberta, Canada to two Mormons, Elvina Marguerite Jones, who was from Salt Lake City, and Joseph Heber Wray, who was from Kingston upon Hull, England. She was one of six children. Her family returned to the United States a few years after she was born; they moved to Salt Lake City in 1912 and moved to Lark, Utah in 1914. In 1919, they moved to Salt Lake City again, before moving to Hollywood, California, where Fay attended Hollywood High School.

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