Fay Wray and Robert Riskin

Fay Wray and Robert Riskin were one of Hollywood’s lasting couples, with both Wray and Riskin being notable talents in their own right. Shining during Hollywood’s Golden Age, Wray and Riskin made an impact upon the film industry through their on- and off-screen work.

Wray, an actress, is best known for her role in King Kong (1933), though she had a lengthy film career that led her to work alongside some of Hollywood’s legendary leading men. Riskin, an Academy Award-winning producer and screenwriter, collaborated with the likes of Frank Capra to bring films like American Madness (1932), It Happened One Night (1934), Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), You Can’t Take It with You (1938), and more to the screen.

Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir is told from the unique perspective of Victoria Riskin, daughter of Wray and Riskin. She offers a thorough and fascinating portrayal of the personal and professional lives of her parents, in addition to emphasizing important moments in their lives and careers as well as illuminating their relationships with some of the great stars, directors, and screenwriters of their day. Fans of classic film are sure to enjoy this intriguing depiction of one of Golden Age Hollywood’s talented couples.


Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir is available for purchase via the University Press of Kentucky.

About Annette Bochenek

Dr. Annette Bochenek of Chicago, Illinois, is an avid scholar of Hollywood’s Golden Age. She manages the Hometowns to Hollywood blog, in which she writes about her trips exploring the legacies and hometowns of Golden Age stars. Annette also hosts the “Hometowns to Hollywood” film series throughout the Chicago area. She has been featured on Turner Classic Movies and is the president of TCM Backlot’s Chicago chapter. In addition to writing for TCM Backlot, she also writes for Classic Movie Hub, Silent Film Quarterly, Nostalgia Digest, and Chicago Art Deco Society Magazine.
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