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Fay Wray and Robert Riskin by Victoria Riskin
Feb 26, 2019 | ISBN 9781524747299

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“Graceful and loving . . . There is so much to admire about both subjects that it’s a pleasure to engage with them in this warm and edifying biography. It earns my highest recommendation.” —Leonard Maltin

“A wonderfully intimate memoir, vivid and personal in the best possible sense, illuminating parallel lives full of drama, humor, and indelible images. I found it compulsive reading.” —James Curtis, author of Between Flops: A Biography of Preston Sturges; W.C. Fields: A Biography; and Spencer Tracy: A Biography

“One of the great real-life Hollywood love stories; a warm, evocative, and deeply moving tale.” —Kenneth Turan, film critic, Los Angeles Times

“I was always curious about life in Hollywood before I came here. I found out in this fascinating book. And wow! What a story it is!” Kirk Douglas

“A joy to read . . . a Hollywood memoir of rare depth and sensitivity. All who love movies will be captivated by this splendid dual biography of two of Hollywood’s most fascinating and colorful personalities.” —Joseph McBride, author of Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success

“Anyone who thinks that Fay Wray was just the girl screaming in King Kong’s hand as he climbs the Empire State Building is in for a big—and pleasant—surprise. Her daughter Victoria Riskin has written a fascinating, richly detailed and superbly illustrated account of the lives of two remarkable people, Fay Wray and star screenwriter Robert Riskin, that spans one of the most interesting periods of Hollywood from the advent of the talkies through the depression and the war and on through the time of the Hollywood blacklist; this is not only the love story of two brilliantly talented people, it is a brilliant piece of cinematic history, at once robust, touching, and deeply satisfying, with a cast of characters that includes almost everybody of interest in those tumultuous years in the motion picture business. For anybody who is interested in the movies, Victoria Riskin’s book will be a must-read.” —Michael Korda, author of Charmed Lives

“A fascinating dual biography of one of Hollywood’s most acclaimed screenwriters . . . and one of its most famous actresses . . . a deeply personal story, informed by the author’s affection for her parents . . . Revealing . . . refreshing.” Booklist

“If there was an Academy Award for movie books, Victoria Riskin would be making room beside the Oscar her father won for writing the romantic comedy classic It Happened One Night. Part biography, part Hollywood history, part love story, Riskin’s memoir about her parents is captivating and poignant.” —Douglass K. Daniel, Associated Press

“A vibrant account by a loving and thoughtful daughter of two decent people who were prominent Hollywood figures during the industry’s studio era. Victoria Riskin interweaves the biographies of her parents, Fay Wray and Robert Riskin, and places their lives against the unfolding histories of Hollywood and the nation. Riskin alternates between closeups and long shots, writing with the intimacy of a daughter but also with the reportorial detachment of a historian who has done her homework. Wise, penetrating, smoothly written; a skillful juggling act and, first to last, a pleasure to read.” —Foster Hirsch, author of Otto Preminger, The Man Who Would Be King

“Victoria Riskin remembers her parents with warmth and a perceptible touch of melancholy … Wray’s diary entries, along with the adoring love letters Riskin wrote her when he was engaged in his war work, constitute the raw, mournful heart of their daughter’s touching memoir.” —Scott Eyman, The Wall Street Journal

“If this gracefully-written memoir was simply the rich and absorbing account of two unique and talented people who fell in love, that would be enough. But it is also a study of the creative process; a colorful account of Hollywood’s Golden Age; a telling slice of American history; and a deeply moving testament to a daughter’s love. An altogether wonderful book.” —Richard North Patterson

“Riskin gives a heartfelt account of the lives of her mother, actress Fay Wray, and her father, screenwriter Robert Riskin . . . [a] nostalgic and reverent remembrance of Riskin’s famous parents and their Golden Age Hollywood milieu.” Publishers Weekly

“Her father, screenwriter Robert Riskin, sent Mr. Deeds to town and Mr. Smith to Washington, and her mother, Fay Wray, had a famous encounter with a large ape, but Victoria Riskin has her own story to tell—about them and of Hollywood during its most enviable era. Insightful, entertaining, and engaging—and, unlike Kong, I am no pushover.” —Stephen M. Silverman, author of David Lean; Dancing on the Ceiling: Stanley Donen and his Movies

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