Born 1907 in the province of Alberta, Canada, Canadian-American actress Vina Fay Wray was most noted for starring as Ann Darrow in the 1933 film King Kong.
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, Wray 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 in the film for which she is most identified, King Kong (1933).
After the success of King Kong, Wray made numerous appearances in both film and television, before retiring in 1980.Wray died in her sleep of natural causes in 2004, in her Manhattan apartment, a month before her 97th birthday.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is an American Western film directed by George Roy Hill and written by William Goldman.
It was the top-grossing film of its year and top 10 for its decade, though initially received lukewarm reviews from critics.
The film was nominated for total seven Oscar categories and won four for Best Cinematography, Best Original Score for a Motion Picture (not a Musical), Best Music, Song and Best Original Screenplay at the 42nd Academy Awards.
The story is loosely based on two Wild West criminal outlaws Robert LeRoy Parker, known as Butch Cassidy (Paul Newman), and his partner Harry Alonzo Longabaugh, the “Sundance Kid” (Robert Redford).
Butch was the brains and leader of the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang, while his closest companion Sundance preferred action and skill.
After their second robbery on the same train, Butch and Sundance began to get pursued by a special posse.
With their persistent track, Butch convinced Sundance and Etta (Katharine Ross), the latter’s lover, that they should escape to Bolivia, which was a paradise for robber according to Butch’s visions.
Boris Karloff actually was an intelligent man who continued acting almost to the end. Was he ever good looking? You be the judge.
The classic and definitive monster/horror film of all time, director James Whale’s Frankenstein (1931) is the screen version of Mary Shelley’s Gothic 1818 nightmarish novel of the same name (Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus).
The film, with Victorian undertones, was produced by Carl Laemmle Jr. for Universal Pictures, the same year that Dracula (1931), another classic horror film, was produced within the same studio – both films helped to save the beleaguered studio.
[The sequel to this Monster story is found in director James Whale’s even greater film, Bride of Frankenstein (1935).]
Just who is the Monster in this snap?
The film’s name was derived from the mad, obsessed scientist, Dr. Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive), who experimentally creates an artificial life – an Unnamed Monster (Boris Karloff), that ultimately terrorizes the Bavarian countryside after being mistreated by his maker’s assistant Fritz and society as a whole.
The film’s most famous scene is the one in which Frankenstein befriends a young girl named Maria at a lake’s edge, and mistakenly throws her into the water (and drowns her) along with other flowers.
Lucille Désirée Ball (1911-1989) was an American actress, comedienne, model, film-studio executive, and producer.
She was best known as the star of the self-produced sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here’s Lucy, and Life with Lucy.
In 1962, Lucille Ball became the first woman to run a major television studio, Desilu Productions, which produced many popular television series, including The Untouchables, Mission: Impossible and Star Trek.
Lucille Ball did not back away from acting completely, appearing in film and television roles for the rest of her career until her death in April, 1989 from an abdominal aortic dissection at the age of 77.
These photos that capture portraits of this beautiful and talented woman in the 1930s.