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King Kong

Fay Wray Stunt Double Dies at 103

6/19/2014 9:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Pauline Wagner DeadOne of the women who co-starred with King Kong in his iconic scene atop the Empire State Building has passed away at age of 103.

Pauline Wagner
is the actress who stood in for the legendary Fay Wray during key reshoots for the 1933 classic. Wagner died last month outside Los Angeles. Her manager confirmed the death to the Hollywood Reporter today. 

'Kong' producers needed to reshoot the climactic finale, but Fay was already in England working on another film -- and that's when Wagner stepped in ... donning a wig to fight off the giant ape.

Wagner said in a 2011 interview ... "I worked for four hours and that was it." Still, it was a bigger break than most get in Hollywood, and it secured her place in movie history.

Wagner went on to have small roles in several other films like "Lady Killer," "Mr. Deeds Goes To Town," and "King of Jazz."  She also helped James Cagney form the Screen Actors Guild.

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BLUE UGLY 💩    

So young, how sad RIP

126 days ago
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James R. - Los Angeles    

What about the gaffer? The script consultant? The Prop Master? The Craft Service people?All the Extras? Are THEY still alive???

126 days ago
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Rigby    

Aww :(

126 days ago
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Just Steve    

Tmz my grandma died not too long ago, u gonna tell everybody about her too?

126 days ago
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D-INCARNATION    

Looks like that guy Ashy something ♠♠♠

126 days ago
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Sheldon Siegel    

Still a more interesting story than any that mention Bieber or Kardashians.

126 days ago
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Arrowhead    

Now this is news. Very interesting, 103 wow

126 days ago
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PRICEISRIGHT    

Why not report on my friends best friends, cousins, monkeys bestfriends dogs! While your at it

126 days ago
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stringbender    

Living to be 103 and being in a big motion picture is a life worth celebrating. Awesome. RIP.

126 days ago
10.

Chris    

Every life has a story.

126 days ago
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butterfinger    

KING KONG AINT GOT NOT ON ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

126 days ago

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