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Recounts the actress's career in Hollywood, beginning with bit parts as a teenager, her starring roles, and her troubled marriages and affairs, in an account that also provides a vivid, colorful portrait of the film world in the "Golden Age"
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The former actress disarms readers at once with her fond letter to King Kong that opens this well-written, engrossing autobiography. She confesses that when told that her leading man in the 1933 Kong epic was Hollywood's "tallest, darkest," she happily anticipated Cary Grant, not the great ape who "had a pretty strong hold on me." Wray, born in Canada in 1908, was 17 when she first appeared in silent films; she made the transition to talkies and, ultimately, performed in some 75 movies between 1925 and 1958. Among her reminiscences of co-workers like Lillian Gish and Gary Cooper, her recollection of working with Erich von Stroheim in The Wedding March is the most vivid. Wray's personal life evokes sympathy. Her marriage to unstable screen writer John Monk Saunders ended badly. There are accounts of the actress's unfulfilling relationships with other menplaywright Clifford Odets, for onebefore her 1942 marriage to late screenwriter Robert Riskin. Photos not seen by PW .
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Although she has made over 75 movies, Wray will always be identified with the classic film King Kong . Here she tells the rest of the story. Her autobiography is well written in a bright, anecdotal style fueled by her vivid recollections. Sent to California at age 13, she eventually secured a movie contract that initiated a lifetime of theater and film work. Wray recounts the good and bad times and her encounters with many famous personalities. She also sheds light on the early days of filmmaking, including, of course, her role in King Kong . Enjoyable reading and the most detailed account of Wray's life and career available, this is worthwhile for any film collection. Arthur Bargar, Milford P.L., Ct.
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