Ann Darrow

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Ann Darrow
Species Human
Nationality American
Occupation Actress
Related to Jack Driscoll (Love interest)
First Appearance King Kong (1933)
Played by Fay WrayKK33,
Jodi BensonTMK,
Naomi WattsKK05

Ann Darrow is an actress and one of the main characters in the 1933 and 2005 versions of King Kong, as well as the 1998 animated musical The Mighty Kong.

History

King Kong (1933)

Ann Darrow was a woman in New York. little information was given on her background other than that she was a widow who once did work as an extra in films. She was first seen wanting to steal from a fruit stand, she did not take anything, but was still caught by the shopkeeper and bailed out by Carl Denham. Denham bought Ann dinner at a local cafe and signed her on for a starring role in a movie. On the S.S. Venture, Ann met Jack Driscoll, who initially wanted nothing to do with her, claiming that women have no place on ships, but later Driscoll developed romantic feelings for Ann. On Kong's Island, Ann was kidnapped and sacrificed to the god Kong. Ann was protected by Kong from the many threats on the island (and Ann's rescue party). She was later rescued by Jack Driscoll. Kong was captured and was brought back to New York. She was present at Kong's unveiling, which led to his escape. Ann and her new fiancee Jack Driscoll fled, which led Kong to pursue them. Kong found Ann, and took her to the top of the Empire State building. she was then put down (likely unconscious) and was not seen again in the film.

The Mighty Kong

Ann worked as an extra in films before falling on hard times and attempting to steal an apple. She was caught in the act but saved by C.B. Denham, who talked her into signing on as his lead actress in a film, which ann agreed to with the hopes of becoming a movie star. She made her way to the Java Queen, C.B.'s ship, where she met the cabin boy Ricky and his monkey Chips. They go onto the ship, where they are nearly crushed by falling cargo, which makes the first mate Jack Driscoll scream at them to go below decks. Ann then begins to doubt her plight for fame, but Ricky reminds her that she has nothing to lose by trying. Ricky later fell ill, and Ann took over his duties and delivered dinner to the Captain. Denham and Driscoll were dining with him, and did not recognize Darrow under her rain gear, and Driscoll repeatedly insulted her for being a woman and a jinx. She then dumped clam chowder on his head. After six weeks at sea, they arrived at Skull Island, where C.B. upset the natives, and they were chased back to the ship, where she and Driscoll decided they were in love. She was then kidnapped by natives, and she was taken up a volcano, where she was taken by Kong. Kong took her to his volcano lair, where he doused her in a waterfall and threw her in a pond before drying her off with his breath. They were then attacked by dinosaurs and a snake, so Kong put her down, and Driscoll took her back to the shore, where Kong was incapacitated with gas bombs and taken back to New York, where Ann starred in a show with him. Ann felt pity for the captive ape, but he escaped upon perceiving Ann was in danger. Ann hid, but watched as he fell from the Empire State Building after a failed attempt to capture Kong alive, but he survived.

King Kong (2005)

Ann "Annie" Darrow was a Vaudeville actress in New York. The theater she worked in was shut down, leaving her penniless and out-of-work. She was told by one of her now former co-workers to audition for a play, but the play's producer turned her down and told her to go work in burlesque. She then attempted to steal an apple from a fruit stand, but was caught. She was saved from punishment by Carl Denham, who then offered her a role in a film. She initially declined, but changed her mind when she is told that her favourite author, Jack Driscoll, was writing the screenplay. When she boarded the Venture, she initially mistook the sound co-ordinator for Driscoll, but soon discovered that she was wrong, much to the dismay of the sound co-coordinator. She was part of the party that initially went to Skull Island, but she was soon kidnapped by a stowaway islander. She was "sacrificed" to Kong before they realized she was missing. After she was taken by Kong to where he presumably killed the other sacrifices, she, much to his surprise, fought back, leading him to grow angry and flee with her to what was likely his "home". Kong initially seemed intent on killing Darrow, but came to like her when she preformed her old Vaudeville routine for him, and tought him the meaning of beauty. Kong fiercely protected Ann, nearly killing himself and her human rescue party in the process. She was later rescued by Jack Driscoll. When Kong pursued Darrow, He was captured by Carl Denham to be put on display in New York. Darrow was shown to be greatly distraught when Kong was put in captivity. She did not even want to be part of Denham's show glorifying her Skull Island adventure. When Kong escaped Denham's theater, he sought out Darrow and scaled the Empire State Building with her in hand. Darrow remained with Kong at the summit of the concrete jungle for most of the fight that would be her friend's downfall. Kong tried to move Darrow to safety when he knew he was defeated, but Darrow, being so concerned for her friend, climbed back to the top of the building in an attempt to stop the planes from firing on him. After Kong fell off the building to his death, she was comforted by Driscoll.

Books

King Kong (1932)

Ann's parents died when she was young and she lived with an uncle who took her inheritance and treated her poorly. She escaped to New York, and became a former small role actress living in poverty since the studio she worked at had closed down. She was then found being wrongfully accused of stealing an apple by Carl Denham, who took her to dinner and enticed her to join his film cast. They sailed on the Wanderer, where she was treated with uncertainty by the first mate Jack Driscoll, who the next day accidentally slapped her across the face by gesticulating too vigorously without knowing Ann was right behind him. He apologized and tried to make up for it, and in the weeks that followed they became fast friends. It was Denham who pointed out Ann's effect on the behavior of the cook's monkey Ignatz, which made him compare them to Beauty and the Beast, which he later revealed was the theme of his film. In the following six weeks of the voyage, Ann and Driscoll grew quite close, and when Denham insisted Ann go ashore with them on Skull Mountain Island, he admitted that he loved her. On the island, the group came upon a native ceremony, which halted at their approach and lead to the natives' offering to trade six of their women for Ann, whom they referred to as the "Woman of Gold", to make her Kong's bride. They politely decline but offer to negotiate the next day. While discussing what Kong is with Driscoll, Denham, and Englehorn, Ann scoffed at the idea that Kong was a dinosaur living behind the wall, and guesses that Kong is the chief himself, but Englehorn believes that the girl in the ceremony was too frightened for that to be the case. Ann later spoke with the ship's cook Lumpy about Kong, and he assured her that Kong was likely just an idol of wood or mud in the jungle, and that all of his "brides" probably ended up in the shaman's secret harem. Ann was left alone after Lumpy was forced to chase down Ignatz, and during this time, the natives kidnapped Ann. She was passed from party to party through the brush and into the village, all the while being too scared to move. They took her to an altar, where the gargantuan ape-god Kong took her into the jungle. She was unconscious for most of her journey, but first awoke in the crook of a tree as a Giant Snake crawled up the trunk and a Meat-Eater hopped out of the jungle. Kong came running to her aid after she screamed, but the tree was knocked down in the ensuing skirmish, pining her down. At Kong's lair in Skull Mountain, Kong began to rip off her clothing as she screamed at the monster's hideousness. However, at that point, Driscoll arrived to rescue her just as a Pterodactyl descended to grab her away from Kong. They narrowly escape, with Kong on their tail by jumping into a spring and floating back toward the wall, sustaining minor injuries along the way. After returning to the village, where Denham and the sailors were just preparing to go looking for them, Kong caught up and began to tear the village apart in search of Ann, but Jack was able to get her safely to the ship, while Denham used gas bombs to knock Kong out. Back in New York City, Ann and Jack were to make an appearance onstage when Denham revealed Kong to the world, but on seeing Ann Kong grew restless. Ann nervously stood onstage with Jack, but the photo shoot made Kong think Ann was in danger, and he broke free of his bonds. At this time, Jack and Ann were safely in Jack's hotel room across the street, but when Jack's back was turned, the anxious Ann was grabbed from the room by the ape's gargantuan hand. Once again, Ann fell unconscious as Kong took her on his rampage across the city and to the top of the Empire State Building. After Kong had leaped off the building to take down an airplane to protect Ann, Jack ran to her and the two embraced.

Kong: King of Skull Island

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King Kong: The Island of the Skull

In the continuity of the 2005 film, Ann had long been interested in acting on the screen, and moved to New York to follow her dream. In 1932, Ann went in for an interview with a casting agent that landed her a spot in a show at Steel Pier in Atlantic City riding diving horses. When she arrived, however, she found that the position had already been filled. She was then given a job in the Diving bell instead, and was moved into an apartment with two other pier workers. After weeks of working the diving bell, Ann struck a deal with one of her roommates's boyfriends in which he would talk to the Pier owner about promoting Ann to horse diver of she would come to his club on Fridays. Ann agreed, and at the end of the day, Mr. Nadler, the pier owner came to give her her promotion. She quickly received dive training, as she already knew how to ride thanks to summers spent on her grandfather's farm. She then took a practice dive and prepared for her first show. After working the diving horses for a few weeks and choosing a horse that was often accused of being ornery named Belle. She quickly received dive training, as she already knew how to ride thanks to summers spent on her grandfather's farm. She then took a practice dive and prepared for her first show. That evening, she accompanied her roommates to the club, which quickly made Ann uncomfortable. She took one of her friends into the bathroom to discuss faking an illness to leave early, but the club was invaded by mobsters. From the cover of the ladies room, Ann noticed that one of her friends had gone down, and she traveled through the veil of gun smoke to help her out. After the escape, Ann went back to work, and quickly discovered that her horse was sick. Despite Ann insisting that a veterinarian take a look at it, Nadler still had the horse dive. Up on the diving platform, The horse urinated and slipped. the two fell through the air and into the water. Ann was unharmed, but the horse broke its leg, and had to be put down. She then quit the job, and received a telegraph from her friend Manny in New York that a new show had opened and that he had got them a job in it.

Comics

King Kong: The 8th Wonder of the World

After repeated attempts to be cast in a play called Isolation, which she knew forwards and backwards, Ann was unfortunately passed over, much to her dismay. That night, Ann attempted to steal an apple from a fruit vendor out of desperation, but is caught. However, a man named Carl Denham buys her way out of the situation, and invited her to join his film cast over dinner. Ann immedeately took the job when she heard that Jack Driscoll, the author of Isolation, was writing the script. While filming on board, Ann and Driscoll grew quite close and eventually kissed one another. When they reached their destination, the uncharted Skull Island, Ann went ashore with the rest of the film crew, only to be attacked by the natives. Captain Englehorn managed to scare them off, but that night Ann was kidnapped from her cabin and tied up and given as a live sacrifice to the giant ape-god Kong. In the beasts' giant palm, Ann succumbed to her supposed fate and lost consciousness. She awoke on the floor of Kong's lair among the skeletons of the sacrifices that had come before her. She watched as Kong examined a gigantic ape's skull, and sneaked away while he was distracted. However, he quickly heard her and chased her down. During the brief pursuit, Ann fell down, much to Kong's amusement. She then proceeded to perform more pratfalls to amuse the ape, until she grew tired and offended him by stopping, and he left her alone. Later, she found herself being pursued by a Vastatosaurus rex that was quickly tackled by Kong, who had come to save her. Ann tried to run to safety, but more V-rexes came out of the jungle to aid their comrade. Kong did his best to keep Ann away from their snapping jaws, and eventually fought them over a cliff where he finally killed the last one by snapping its jaw. Ann then came to understand that while Kong was ferocious, when she was with him, she was safe, and together they watched the sun rise over the jungle. That night, Jack woke Ann in Kong's lair in an attempt to rescue her. However, not only did Kong awake to stop him, but the Terapusmordax that were sleeping on the cave ceiling. Ann bade Jack to run in an attempt to save him from Kong's wrath, but the Terapusmordax began to carry her away. Kong tore them out of the sky to protect her, as Ann and Jack began to climb down the cliff on vines before grabbing a Terapusmordax and riding the falling flier into a river below. Ann quickly realized that Kong was coming after them, and they ran across the bridge and through the gate with him hot on their heels. When they passed though the gate, the sailors sprang a trap for Kong, and tried to knock him out with gas bombs and a net, while Ann tried desperately to go to him.

In New York, Denham put Kong in a Broadway show, but Ann refused to appear in it. However, when Kong inevitably escaped and began to search for Ann, she approached him on the street, and he gently picked her up and carried her up the Empire State Building as the sun rose. However, several Navy Biplanes began to attack, and Kong left Ann in safety to try to defend her, but he was wounded. Ann climbed up to him, and he gave her one last look before allowing himself to fall to the street below. Ann watched in shock as Jack came to comfort her.

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