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'King Kong' Actress Fay Wray Dies at 96

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'King Kong' Actress Fay Wray Dies at 96

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'King Kong' Actress Fay Wray Dies at 96

'King Kong' Actress Fay Wray Dies at 96

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As an actress, Fay Wray starred opposite Wallace Beery, George Raft, and Gary Cooper and others before working with a giant ape. Since 1933, all people remember is "the scream." But Wray was more than the King Kong damsel in distress. She was a writer who collaborated with Sinclair Lewis. And she acquired a good sense of humor about her most famous role. NPR's Neda Ulaby has an appreciation.