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Author: Victoria Riskin
Brand:Pantheon
Theme: Film and TV, Pre-Code Hollywood
Features: Hardcover
UPC:9781524747282
Item #: 2117525X
Available Date: 2/26/2019
Model Number: 9781524747282

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FAY WRAY AND ROBERT RISKIN

Summary

A Hollywood love story, a Hollywood memoir, a (dual) Hollywood biography—the woman who stole the heart of King Kong and the man, Robert Riskin, one of the greatest screenwriters of all time, an Academy Award winner, producer, and longtime collaborator with Frank Capra on eight pictures. By their daughter, an acclaimed writer and producer.

King Kong elevated Fay Wray to the tip of the Empire State Building and the heights of cinematic immortality; she starred in more than one hundred and twenty pictures, and was directed by such masters as William Wellman, Erich von Stroheim, and Vincente Minnelli. Robert Riskin, Wray’s husband, was one of Hollywood’s seminal screenwriters, originator of the “screwball comedy” and the true populist voice of the “little guy” that gave Frank Capra’s movies the “Capra touch”; Riskin’s sophisticated stage plays and screen comedies of Hollywood’s classic era became famous for their blend of humor and romance, wisecracking and idealism. Winner of the Academy Award for It Happened One Night and nominated for four other Oscars, Riskin was a producer and longtime collaborator with Capra on such pictures as The Miracle Woman, Platinum Blonde, American Madness, The Whole Town’s Talking, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Lost Horizon, You Can’t Take It with You, and Meet John Doe.

Their daughter, Victoria Riskin, a former president of the Writers Guild of America West, tells the story of their lives, their work, their Hollywood, their fairy-tale marriage that ended so tragically.

About the Author

VICTORIA RISKIN is an award-winning writer and producer, adapting Willa Cather’s My Ántonia for television and producing Carson McCullers’s The Member of the Wedding. Riskin was president of the Writers Guild of America West and served for twelve years as a director of Human Rights Watch. She lives on Martha’s Vineyard.

Product Details

  • With black & white photographs throughout
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon
  • Biography & Autobiography / Entertainment & Performing Arts

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