Good things never last, Mr. Denham.

Ann Darrow is an actress and one of the main characters in the 1933 and 2005 versions of King Kong.


King Kong (1933)

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

King Kong (2005)

Ann "Annie" Darrow is a Vaudeville actress in New York. The theater she works in is shut down, leaving her penniless and out-of-work. She is told by one of her now former co-workers to audition for a play, but the play's producer turns her down and tells her to go work in burlesque. She then attempts to steal an apple from a fruit stand, but is caught. She is saved from punishment by Carl Denham, who then offers her a role in a film. She initially declines, but changes her mind when she is told that her favourite author Jack Driscoll is writing the screenplay. When she boards the Venture, she initially mistakes the sound co-ordinator for Driscoll, but soon discovers that she was wrong, much to the dismay of the sound co-ordinator. She is part of the party that initially goes to Skull Island, but she is later kidnapped by a stowaway islander. She is "sacrificed" to Kong before they realize she is missing. After she is taken by Kong to where he presumably kills the other sacrifices, she, much to his surprise, fights back, leading him to grow angry and flee with her to what is likely his "home". Kong initially seems intent on killing Darrow, but comes to like her when she preforms her old Vaudeville routine for him, and teaches him the meaning of beauty. Kong fiercely protects Ann, nearly killing himself and her human rescue party in the process. She is later rescued by her love interest Jack Driscoll. When Kong pursues Darrow, He is captured by Carl Denham to be put on display in New York. Darrow is shown to be greatly distraught when Kong is put in captivity. She does not even want to be part of Denham's show glorifying her Skull Island adventure. When Kong escapes Denham's theater, he seeks out Darrow, he scales the Empire State Building with her in hand. Darrow remains with Kong at the summit of the concrete jungle for most of the fight that would be her friend's downfall. Kong tries to move Darrow to safety when he knows he is defeated, but Darrow, being so concerned for her friend, climbs back to the top of the building in an attempt to stop the planed from firing on him. After Kong falls off the building, she is comforted by Jack Driscoll.



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