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Praise for Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir

Touching memoir

To know Fay Wray was to adore her. She had a joyous, jubilant personality and retained her can-do outlook to the end, living until she was 96 despite a life that offered more than her fair share of problems. In “Fay Wray and Robert Riskin, ” Victoria Riskin remembers her parents with warmth and a… Read more “Touching memoir”

Scott Eyman
Wall Street Journal

An affectionate and absorbing biography

This is both a poignant love story and a telling look at studio politics, screwball comedies, the postwar blacklist, and an era of hopeful cinematic escapism.

—Stephen Rees

A must-read

In this engrossing tribute to her parents, the author provides a thoughtfully documented portrait of early Hollywood. A must-read for fans of this era of film history.

Kirkus Reviews

a must-read

…an abundant account of what it’s like to be the daughter of Hollywood’s original power couple, and a must-read for fans and others with celebrity stars in their eyes.

Edith G. Tolchin
New York Journal of Books

Wise, penetrating, smoothly written

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… Read more “Wise, penetrating, smoothly written”

- Foster Hirsch
author of Otto Preminger, The Man Who Would Be King

Reverent remembrance

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 joy to read

Victoria Riskin’s memoir of her extraordinary parents, actress Fay Wray and screenwriter Robert Riskin, is a joy to read. This insightful, revealing, and often moving portrait of two of Hollywood’s legendary creative people is also a talented daughter’s exploration of her family and attempt to better understand the lives and influence of her parents on… Read more “A joy to read”

Joseph McBride
author of Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success

Fascinating book

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

Victoria Riskin brings a graceful touch and a fluid writing style to one of the great real-life Hollywood love stories in this warm, evocative and deeply moving tale.

Kenneth Turan
film critic, Los Angeles Times

Earns my highest recommendation…

Finally, I got around to reading Victoria Riskin’s graceful and loving biography of her parents, Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir (Pantheon), which was published earlier this year. Having read Wray’s autobiography, On the Other Hand when it came out, I thought I knew her story reasonably well, but there is much more… Read more “Earns my highest recommendation…”

Leonard Maltin
Film Critic / Historian

captivating and poignant

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. Her mother, actress Fay Wray, became an… Read more “captivating and poignant”

Douglass K. Daniel
The Associated Press

Wonderfully intimate … compulsive reading

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 Spencer Tracy: A Biography

Altogether wonderful book

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… Read more “Altogether wonderful book”

Richard North Patterson

A brilliant piece of cinematic history

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… Read more “A brilliant piece of cinematic history”

Michael Korda
author of Charmed Lives

Revealing . . . refreshing

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.

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