In 1932, director Merian C. Cooper called actress Fay Wray into his office to tell her, "You're going to have the tallest, darkest leading man in Hollywood." As Wray later recounted in her autobiography,
On the Other Hand, "Naturally, I thought Clark Gable." Luckily, Cooper had a different Hollywood king in mind. Wray's performance as Ann Darrow in 1933's
King Kong remained the defining role of her career, but she wasn't very pleased with it the first time she saw the movie. "At the premiere of
King Kong I wasn't too impressed. I thought there was too much screaming," Wray once admitted. "I didn't realize then that King Kong and I were going to be together for the rest of our lives, and longer."