'King Kong' star Fay Wray dies at 96



'King Kong' starFay Wray dies at 96
NEW YORK -- Fay Wray tried twice to wrestle free from a giant gorilla's grip. Once onscreen in the 1933 classic "King Kong" and then again in the years that followed when she yearned to shake the ape's prestigious shadow.
"I used to resent 'King Kong,'" she said in a 1963 interview. "But now I don't fight it anymore. I realize that it is a classic, and I am pleased to be associated with it."
Wray died quietly in her sleep Sunday at her Manhattan apartment, said Rick McKay, a friend and director of the 2003 documentary "Broadway: The Golden Age," the last film she appeared in. She was 96.
The Empire State Building -- the skyscraper that Kong scaled while holding tight to Wray -- will dim its lights for 15 minutes today in honor of the actress, a building spokesman said.
During a career that started in 1923, Wray appeared with such stars as Ronald Colman, Gary Cooper and Spencer Tracy, but she was destined to be linked with the rampaging Kong in movie fans' minds.
Her other films included adventures like "The Four Feathers" and "Viva Villa"; Westerns such as "The Texan" and "The Conquering Horde"; romances such as "One Sunday Afternoon" and "The Unholy Garden"; as well as the horror films "Dr. X" and "The Mystery of the Wax Museum."
Bono criticizes some of his early lyrics
LONDON -- Bono says if he wasn't a rock star, he probably would have made a living as a speech writer for causes he believes in, reports Ananova.com. And he admits that he doesn't think some of his lyrics are very good.
The 44-year-old U2 frontman told the Los Angeles Times that when he listens to "Bad," which the band sung at Live Aid in 1985, he isn't impressed with the lyrics. He also said he doesn't think their 1987 hit "Where The Streets Have No Name" rhymes very well.
"When I look at our first 10 years, I just hear unfinished work, lyrics we never finished because we ran out of studio time," he said. "I hear 'Bad' and see what's not there. I just see a list of failures."
But, Bono says, the band manages to capture a spirit rather than aim for craftsmanship in their songwriting. "Feelings are stronger than ideas or words in a song. You can have 1,000 ideas, but unless you capture an emotion, it's an essay.
"I'm always writing speeches or articles for causes I believe in. That's probably what I would have done if I wasn't in music, but that's not songwriting," he said.
Bono says the opening couplet to "Where The Streets Have No Name" "is one of the most banal couplets I've ever heard," but says that when they play the song, it becomes "something else."
Oak Ridge Boys' Goldensuffers mild heart attack
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- William Lee Golden of The Oak Ridge Boys is recovering from a mild heart attack, the group's publicist said.
Golden, 65, widely recognized for his long gray beard, was traveling with the country group Saturday near Wausau, Wis., when he fell ill and checked into an area hospital, publicist Sandy Brokaw said Monday.
The singer is expected to make a full recovery in four to six weeks, Brokaw said.
The Oak Ridge Boys will continue to perform with Golden's son, Chris, filling in. Their hits include "Elvira," "Bobbie Sue" and "Gonna Take a Lotta River."
Today's birthdays
Singer Al Alberts (The Four Aces) is 82. Actress Rhonda Fleming is 81. Bluegrass singer-songwriter Jimmy Martin is 77. Singer Jimmy Dean is 76. Singer Eddie Fisher is 76. Actress Kate O'Mara is 65. Singer Ronnie Spector is 61. Actor James Reynolds ("Days of our Lives") is 58. Rock singer-musician Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) is 57. Singer Patti Austin is 56. Country musician Gene Johnson (Diamond Rio) is 55. Actor Daniel Hugh Kelly is 52. Actress Rosanna Arquette is 45. Actor Antonio Banderas is 44. Rock musician Jon Farriss (INXS) is 43. Singer Julia Fordham is 42. Singer Neneh Cherry is 40. Singer Aaron Hall is 40. Rhythm and blues singer Lorraine Pearson (Five Star) is 37. Rock musician Todd Nichols is 37. Singer-producer Michael Bivins is 36. Actor Justin Theroux is 33. Actress Angie Harmon is 32. Country singer Jennifer Hanson is 31. Actress JoAnna Garcia is 25. Rhythm and blues singer Nikki Bratcher (Divine) is 24.

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