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Fay Wray and Robert Riskin by Victoria Riskin

Fay Wray and Robert Riskin

Fay Wray and Robert Riskin by Victoria Riskin
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Feb 26, 2019 | 416 Pages
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“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

“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

“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 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

“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

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

“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

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