Actress Pauline Wagner has died, aged 103.

The star passed away in Montrose, California on 2 May (14), her manager Steve Vilarino has confirmed.

Born in 1910, Wagner made her film debut in King of Jazz in 1930, before starring in movies such as College Lovers, Lady Killer and Mr. Deeds Goes to Town.

She famously stood in for Fay Wray in the iconic Empire State Building scene in 1933 classic King Kong, as the actress was shooting in Britain at the time.

Wagner was on the books at legendary Hollywood studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer before stepping out of the limelight in 1941.

Her first husband was actor Mike Lally. She went on to wed Judge Alfred J. MCCourtney, who died in 1975.