Sunday, March 10th @ 3 pm - Victoria Riskin discusses and signs "Fay Wray and Robert Riskin"
DIESEL, A Bookstore in Brentwood welcomes Victoria Riskin to the store to discuss and sign Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir on Sunday, March 10th at 3:00 pm. Please note that this event will take place in the lower outdoor courtyard adjacent to our store.
A Hollywood love story, a Hollywood memoir, and a dual Hollywood biography of the woman who stole the heart of King Kong and the man, Robert Riskin, one of the greatest screenwriters of all time, an Academy Award winner, producer, and longtime collaborator with Frank Capra on eight pictures. Written by their daughter, Victoria Riskin, an acclaimed writer and producer.
King Kong elevated Fay Wray to the tip of the Empire State Building and the heights of cinematic immortality. She starred in more than one hundred and twenty pictures and was directed by such masters as William Wellman, Erich von Stroheim, and Vincente Minnelli. Robert Riskin, Wray's husband, was one of Hollywood's seminal screenwriters, the originator of the "screwball comedy" and the true populist voice of the "little guy" that gave Frank Capra's movies the "Capra touch". Riskin's sophisticated stage plays and screen comedies of Hollywood's classic era became famous for their blend of humor, romance, wisecracking and idealism. Winner of the Academy Award for It Happened One Night and nominated for four other Oscars, Riskin was a producer and longtime collaborator with Capra on such pictures as The Miracle Woman, Platinum Blonde, American Madness, The Whole Town's Talking, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Lost Horizon, You Can't Take It with You, and Meet John Doe.
Their daughter, Victoria Riskin, a former president of the Writers Guild of America West, tells the story of their lives, their work, their Hollywood, their fairy-tale marriage that ended so tragically.
Victoria Riskin is an award-winning writer and producer, adapting Willa Cather's My Ántonia for television and producing Carson McCullers's The Member of the Wedding. Riskin was president of the Writers Guild of America West and served for twelve years as a director of Human Rights Watch. She lives on Martha's Vineyard.