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Bobby Hyatt, Fay Wray, Paul Hartman, and Natalie Wood.

The Pride Of The Family aired from October 1953 until September 1954 on ABC.

Albie Morrison ( Paul Hartman) worked in the advertising department of the newspaper in the small town in which he lived. He was married to Catherine ( Fay Wray), and had 2 teenage children, Ann and Junior ( Natalie Wood, Bobby Hyatt). Despite the best of intentions, Albie somehow managed to ruin almost everything he tried to do, whether it was something industrious at the office or an attempt to prove how handy he was around the house. His wife still loved him and, except for the occasions when they resented his attempts to prevent them from being as independent as they would have liked, so did his children.

Reruns of this filmed ABC series were aired on CBS for a short time during the summer of 1955.

An Article from Time Magazine about Natalie Wood's Death

The last hours of Natalie Wood
Monday, Dec. 14, 1981 Article

"It was not a homicide . . . not a suicide. It was an accident.

The only important thing . . . is that . Natalie is gone. All the rest is ghoulish nonsense." Paul Ziffren, Natalie Wood's lawyer, spoke as a grieving friend about the national fascination with her death. In a matter of hours, shock turned to pity and then to conjecture. Exactly why did Natalie Wood die? When a gorgeous movie star full of wine stumbles off a quarter-million-dollar yacht in her nightgown and drowns, while her actor-husband sits oblivious with her film co-star a few yards away, people will talk. And wonder.

Wood, 43, acted in her first movie when she was four, and though the critical praise was niggardly, she always had work. Brainstorm was her 46th movie, and her role required only three more days of filming. On a weekend hiatus, Wood, Husband Robert Wagner (star of TV's Hart to Hart) and her leading man sallow and rangy Christopher Walken, 38 headed for the sea. They relaxed aboard the Wagners' 60-ft. yacht Splendour, moored in a cove off Santa Catalina Island, 22 miles from the Los Angeles shore. On Saturday afternoon they motored the 100 yds. to the island in a 10-ft. dinghy. They had drinks and dinner at an island restaurant, and six hours later after four bottles of wine and two of champagne the Wagners, Walken and the boat's captain, all giddy, returned to the Splendour.

Here accounts diverge. Los Angeles County Medical Examiner Thomas Noguchi says that Walken and Wagner, 51, had "nonviolent" but "heated discussions." However, Los Angeles County Homicide Detective Roy Hamilton says:

"There was no indication that there was any argument. I think [Noguchi] was juicing it up a little bit."

Around midnight, Wood left the two men in the boat's main cabin and went to her stateroom. Some time later, dressed in socks, nightgown and a down jacket, she stepped out on deck. The air was cool (mid-50s) and stunningly clear after the day's rainstorms. She untied the rubber dinghy from the stern and then, according to Noguchi, fell from the Splendour into the 63 F water, bruising her left cheek as she tumbled overboard.

"It was not a homicide," says Noguchi. "It was not a suicide. It was an accident." His autopsy revealed that she had drunk "seven or eight" glasses of wine. There were about a dozen craft near by. Aboard one was Marilyn Wayne, a Beverly Hills commodities broker, who says she was anchored just 100 yds. from the Wagners. At about midnight, she says, "I could hear someone saying, 'Help me! Somebody help me!' " She claims the cries lasted for more than 15 min. and that from somewhere in the darkness came the answer: "Take it easy. We'll be over to get you." Why didn't Wayne try to help? Says she: "It was laid back. There was no urgency or immediacy in their shouts."

By 1:30 a.m., Wagner had become worried about his wife and radioed the harbor master. The call was answered instead by Don Whiting, night manager of the restaurant they had left three hours earlier. Whiting launched a search, and at 3:26, the Coast Guard was called in. Soon after dawn, a guardsman spotted Wood's body a mile down current from the yacht and 200 yds. from shore. The empty dinghy, loaded with lifejackets, was not far away, bobbing in the waves.

According to one theory, Wood intended to go off in the dinghy, to be alone and breathe the brisk Pacific night. Whiting spent the night after the accident aboard the Splendour and struck upon an alternative theory: maybe Wood, kept awake by the sound of Valiant banging against the hull in the breeze, slipped overboard while trying to move the dinghy to the yacht's leeward side.

Wood's death was touched by sad irony. She and Wagner were married on a boat off Catalina. But for Wood, the good life at sea must have held some menace. "I'm frightened to death of the water," she said in a recent interview. "I can swim a little bit, but I'm afraid of water that is dark."

Early Sunday morning, with the numbed purposefulness of the bereaved, Wagner took a helicopter back to the mainland, rushing ahead of the news to tell his three daughters, the eldest age 17, of their mother's death. Three days later, as a balalaika dirge played, the family and 60 friends buried her.

Here is Fay Wray's Obituary from The New York Times

Fay Wray, Star Who Stole Kong's Heart, Dies at 96

Published: August 10, 2004

Fay Wray, an actress who appeared in about 100 movies but whose fame is inextricably linked with the hours she spent struggling, helplessly screaming, in the eight-foot hand of King Kong, died on Sunday at her apartment in Manhattan. She was 96.

Rick McKay, a director and her friend, said she died peacefully in her sleep. He recalled that Miss Wray's family moved to the United States from Canada in a stagecoach and said that she was possibly the longest-living true star of silent films.

As sound and color came to the movies, Miss Wray remained at the top, but it was the celebrated role that took her to the top of a very tall building that elevated her to cinematic immortality.

The huge success of ''King Kong,'' a beauty-and-the-beast film that opened in New York at both Radio City Music Hall and the Roxy in 1933, led to roles for Miss Wray in other 1930's films in which her life or her virtue, or both, were imperiled. But she was always aware that she would be remembered for the pivotal scene of ''King Kong,'' in which the giant ape carries her to the top of the Empire State Building, gently places her on a ledge, lunges furiously at fighter planes peppering him with bullets and falls to his death.

''When I'm in New York,'' Miss Wray wrote in The New York Times in 1969, ''I look at the Empire State Building and feel as though it belongs to me, or is it vice versa?''

The most hazardous part of filming ''King Kong,'' Miss Wray recalled, was the tendency of the giant gorilla hand to loosen its grasp while she was suspended high above the set. When she felt she was about to fall, she implored the director, Merian C. Cooper, to have her lowered to the stage floor to rest a few minutes before being secured once again in the hand and sent aloft.

She spent an entire day recording additional screams, variously shrill and plaintive, that an editor later inserted in the soundtrack -- too often, she later emphasized. Asked how she was able to muster such animated cries, she replied, ''I made myself believe that the nearest possible hope of rescue was at least a mile away.''

Over the years, Miss Wray said, she came to feel that Kong had ''become a spiritual thing to many people, including me.''

In a 1987 interview, Miss Wray said she had been sent a script for the 1976 remake of ''King Kong,'' in which Jessica Lange played Kong's co-star, because its producers wanted her to play a small role. She said she disliked the script and declined the offer because ''the film I made was so extraordinary, so full of imagination and special effects, that it will never be equaled.''

Fay Wray was born on Sept. 15, 1907, on a farm in Alberta, a daughter of Jerry Wray, an inventor, and his wife, Vina. Vina Wray and her three daughters moved to Arizona by stagecoach when Fay was 3, and to Lark, Utah, when she was 5. Her father and two brothers had gone ahead.

By the time Fay was 12 or 13, her parents had separated, a sister had died of the flu, and the family was struggling financially. Fay's mother sent her to Los Angeles to live with a friend and pursue a movie career. She appeared in her first film, ''Gasoline Love,'' in 1923. She was an ingenue in a half-dozen silent westerns.

Her breakthrough came when Erich von Stroheim chose her to play the bride in his 1928 silent classic ''The Wedding March.'' Miss Wray was always drawn to writers, as she recounted in her 1989 autobiography, ''On the Other Hand.'' She was just 19 when she married John Monk Saunders, a Rhodes scholar and screenwriter known for films like ''Wings.'' She divorced him, she said, after he injected her with drugs while she slept, sold their house and their furniture and kept the money, and disappeared for a time with their baby daughter, Susan. Saunders hanged himself in 1940.

She was pursued by Sinclair Lewis and had a long romance with Clifford Odets. In 1942 she married Robert Riskin, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of ''It Happened One Night.'' They had two children, Vicki and Robert Jr. Riskin had a stroke in 1950 and died five years later. In 1971, she married Dr. Sanford Rothenberg, a neurosurgeon who had been one of Riskin's doctors. Dr. Rothenberg died in 1991.

Miss Wray retired in 1942 but made occasional movies in the 1950's and had a leading role in ''Gideon's Trumpet,'' a 1979 film with Henry Fonda. On television, she starred in a situation comedy, ''The Pride of the Family,'' from 1953 to 1955. In later years she also wrote plays that were produced in regional theaters.

Miss Wray is survived by her daughters Susan Riskin of Manhattan and Victoria Riskin of Los Angeles; her son, Robert Riskin Jr., of Los Angeles; and two grandchildren.

In 1997, Miss Wray joined Julius Epstein, a writer of the film ''Casablanca,'' to testify to Congress in favor of greater copyright protection for pre-1960's film writers.

Last March Peter Jackson, the director, asked her over dinner if she would appear in his remake of ''King Kong.'' He wanted her to read the summary line, '''Twas beauty killed the beast.''

She thought that might be too confusing, said Mr. McKay, who was host at the dinner.

''How can someone play me when I'm here?'' she asked.

To watch some clips from The Pride of the Family go to

For more on The Pride of the Family go to

For an episode guide go to

For more on Fay Wray go to

For the Natalie Wood Club go to

For a tribute to Natalie Wood with plenty of links to more websites go to

For some Pride of the Family -related interview videos at the Archive of American Television go to

To watch the opening credits go to
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