Re: Fay Wray, "King Kong" actress, genealogy
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Vina "Fay" Wray " was 96 years old when she died, August 8, 2004 in her apartment in Manhattan, New York. Fay came to us as the 4th child of six Wray children. It’s needless to say from very early on she played a part in a cast of many right on from her earliest of years. Fay was born on September 15, 1907, on a farm or a ranch in Wraylands, in Cardston, Alberta, Canada.
VINA "FAY" Wray successfully survived the film industry's slow 1928 change-over to sound. Fay appeared in a variety of talkies for Paramount. However she was born in to this new world of special effects and sound recordings just “kicking and screaming” long live the Queen of Scream. “Fay” Wray shall always be best remembered for playing the part of the screaming girl in the very strange 1933 love story called King Kong. Well so much for blind dates with tall dark and handsome men!
VINA "FAY" Wray’s father was JOSEPH HEBER WRAY was born December 19, 1861 in Hull, Yorkshire, England. Father, JOSEPH HEBER WRAY died May 05, 1930 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California. Fay’s father was a worker in a Canadian sawmill. When Joseph H Wray or his father came to North America will not be known soon.
VINA "FAY" Wray’s oldest sister Vaida Viola Wray died unexpectedly in the death dealing influenza of 1918. VINA "FAY" Wray lost her cherished older sister Vaida Viola WRAY to the influenza a sickness that swept the world, leaving more than many a local preacher to think the judgment of God had fallen on the land.
Even Fay, had been ill and in frail health for some time after the great influenza clearly just escaped the epidemic after World War I.
VINA "FAY" Wray’s oldest brother Joseph Vivien WRAY died unexpectedly on June 4, 1928. When he was struck by a streetcar and died at a hospital in Stockton, California.
By 1928 two of the oldest Wray children were dead only four siblings remained. Vaida Viola WRAY dieing first in 1918 then Joseph Vivien WRAY dieing in 1928.
VINA "FAY" Wray’s older sister Willow Wynona WRAY was the oldest living sibling of the living children. The rest of Fay Wray’s family consisted of the boys Richard and Vince
Willow Wynona Wray married Mr. Reed Jackson in possibly the year of 1922 in Logan, Utah. Most of the Wray family had possibly drifted toward work in the big City of Los Angeles. Willow Wynona Wray’s husband Reed Jackson may have found work there as well?
FAY Wray’s youngest brother was Victor Ernest WRAY it is known he married and they did have one child.
John Monk Saunders a screenwriter known for his World War I aviator, stories, novels, and films. See "Wings" of 1927. John Monk Saunders was born March 30, in the late 1890's in New York, New York. Well here goes 1895, 1896, & 1897 are reported dates for his birth. Some people say John was born March 30, 1895 in Hinckley Township, Pine County,Minnesota. I'm not sure I know were John was born even yet.
Some say that John Monk Saunders ended his life on March 11, 1940 at Fort Myers, Lee County, Florida. I'm very sure that date and place is right for a date of death! I don't think there is a death cert. in Lee County, Florida. John’s first wife was Avis Hughes she may have lived near Oakland CA. There is not much know about her other than there marriage later ended in a divorced.
John’s second wife was Vina “Fay” Wray was born on Sept. 15, 1907, Cardston, Alberta, Canada. John and Fay they were married 15 June 1928 in Maryland this marriage also later ended in a 1939 divorce.
John Monk Sanders was a powerful screenwriter known for his World War I aviator, stories, novels, and films. John was a flyer of military aircraft, and a natural leader. After John won his first Osker for the writing and filmography of Wings in made in 1927. John Monk Sanders set a standard for presentation of the aviator movie genre for screenwriters in the industry.
It was said John was born in New York his young life was stylized as a rich mans well educated son. Young Saunders soon becomes a Rhodes scholar. At some point John was offered a scholarship to Oxford. See film Yank at Oxford 1938.World War One may have just stopped John's collage progress at the Army recruitment stand.
If John started in to collage in about 1915 there would hardly be enough time to finish more than 2 full years of collage. If John had not finish that much collage the US Army would not have offered a 21 year old. John Monk Saunders the placement in the W W 1 Army Air Corps as a second lieutenant.
John Monk Sanders was a journalist he worked for the New York Tribune and then later possibly moved out to sunny California to work for the Los Angeles Times.
Hollywood's growing film industry there was a need for better film writers. This may have been the very reason for John Monk Sanders note worthy appearance in the west. By late 1924 John had written his first story for screen known. Too many Kisses 1925.
I must thank IMDb Biography Search, for so much John and Fay information. Some gene information was downloaded from the "A"internet,websight that info. was mainly Wray family info. I used a time line for much of the Wray family to figuer out the childrens lifes. A time line worked to figuer out such things as when, where and how the family moved a long the trail from the northern ranch. To the first apearance of the Wrays in old Los Angeles town in the early 1920's.M M W
I hope it's interaining at least. These are not my people or family. I'm just doing this work for a free lunch!
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