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Birth information

18 January 1904 Horfield, Bristol, England, UK

Death information

29 November 1986 Davenport, Iowa, USA

Given Name

Archibald Alec Leach

How tall is Cary Grant?

1.87 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Barbara Harris
Dyan Cannon
Betsy Drake
Barbara Hutton
Virginia Cherrill

Life Story of Cary Grant

Once told by an interviewer, "Everybody would like to be Cary Grant", Grant is said to have replied, "So would I."

Cary Grant was born Archibald Alexander Leach on January 18, 1904 in Horfield, Bristol, England, to Elsie Maria (Kingdon) and Elias James Leach, who worked in a factory. His early years in Bristol would have been an ordinary lower-middle-class childhood, except for one extraordinary event. At age nine, he came home from school one day and was told his mother had gone off to a seaside resort. However, the real truth was that she had been placed in a mental institution, where she would remain for years, and he was never told about it (he would not see his mother again until he was in his late 20s).

He left school at age 14, lying about his age and forging his father's signature on a letter to join Bob Pender's troupe of knockabout comedians. He learned pantomime as well as acrobatics as he toured with the Pender troupe in the English provinces, picked up a Cockney accent in the music halls in London, and then in July 1920, was one of the eight Pender boys selected to go to the United States. Their show on Broadway, "Good Times", ran for 456...

Significant features of Cary Grant

Mid-Atlantic accent
Often played a handsome bachelor
Roles in romantic comedies
Chin dimple
Often played characters who were much younger than his actual age.

How much money has Cary Grant earned?

This Is the Night (1932) $450 /week
Sinners in the Sun (1932) $450 /week
Singapore Sue (1932) $150
Singapore Sue (1932) $450 /week
Merrily We Go to Hell (1932) $450 /week
Devil and the...

Publications and Magazines about Cary Grant

Chuck Ashman, Pamela Trescott Cary Grant. 1987
Warren G. Harris Cary Grant. 1987
Charles Higham, with Roy Moseley Cary Grant: The Lonely Heart. 1989
Maureen Donaldson; William Royce (contributor) An Affair to Remember: My Life With Cary Grant. 1989
Geoffrey Wansell Haunted Idol: The Story of the Real Cary Grant. 1987
Richard Schickel Cary Grant: A Celebration. 1983
Lee Guthrie The Life and Loves of Cary Grant. 1977
Beverley Bare Buehrer Cary Grant : A Bio-Bibliography. 1990
Nancy Nelson Evenings With Cary Grant: Recollections in His Own Words and by Those Who Knew Him Best. 1991
Marc Eliot Cary Grant: A Biography. 2004
Andrew Britton Cary Grant: Comedy and Male Desire. 1983
William Currie McIntosh The Private Cary Grant. 1983
Richard Torregrossa, Cary Grant: A Celebration of Style. 2006
Jennifer Grant Good Stuff: A Reminiscence of My Father, Cary Grant. 2011
Geoffrey Wansell Cary Grant: Dark Angel. 1996
Dyan Cannon Dear Cary: My Life with Cary Grant. 2011
Graham McCann Cary Grant: A Class Apart. 1996

Biographical movies about Cary Grant

Cary Grant on Film 1999
Cary Grant: A Celebration of a Leading Man 1988
American Masters: "Cary Grant: A Class Apart" Episode #18.3 2004
Biography: "Cary Grant: Hollywood's Leading Man" 1993

What movies did Cary Grant play or participate?

Producers Filmography
The Grass Is Greener (1960) ,
Actors Filmography
Walk Don't Run (1966) Sir William Rutland, Father Goose (1964) Walter, Charade (1963) Peter Joshua, That Touch of Mink (1962) Philip Shayne, The Grass Is Greener (1960) Victor Rhyall, Earl, Operation Petticoat (1959) Lt. Cmdr. Matt T. Sherman, North by Northwest (1959) Roger Thornhill, Houseboat (1958) Tom Winters, Indiscreet (1958) Philip Adams, Kiss Them for Me (1957) Cmdr. Andy Crewson, An Affair to Remember (1957) Nickie Ferrante, The Pride and the Passion (1957) Anthony, To Catch a...

Birth information

18 January 1904 Horfield, Bristol, England, UK

Death information

29 November 1986 Davenport, Iowa, USA

Given Name

Archibald Alec Leach

How tall is Cary Grant?

1.87 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Barbara Harris
Dyan Cannon
Betsy Drake
Barbara Hutton
Virginia Cherrill

Life Story of Cary Grant

Once told by an interviewer, "Everybody would like to be Cary Grant", Grant is said to have replied, "So would I."

Cary Grant was born Archibald Alexander Leach on January 18, 1904 in Horfield, Bristol, England, to Elsie Maria (Kingdon) and Elias James Leach, who worked in a factory. His early years in Bristol would have been an ordinary lower-middle-class childhood, except for one extraordinary event. At age nine, he came home from school one day and was told his mother had gone off to a seaside resort. However, the real truth was that she had been placed in a mental institution, where she would remain for years, and he was never told about it (he would not see his mother again until he was in his late 20s).

He left school at age 14, lying about his age and forging his father's signature on a letter to join Bob Pender's troupe of knockabout comedians. He learned pantomime as well as acrobatics as he toured with the Pender troupe in the English provinces, picked up a Cockney accent in the music halls in London, and then in July 1920, was one of the eight Pender boys selected to go to the United States. Their show on Broadway, "Good Times", ran for 456...

Significant features of Cary Grant

Mid-Atlantic accent
Often played a handsome bachelor
Roles in romantic comedies
Chin dimple
Often played characters who were much younger than his actual age.

How much money has Cary Grant earned?

This Is the Night (1932) $450 /week
Sinners in the Sun (1932) $450 /week
Singapore Sue (1932) $150
Singapore Sue (1932) $450 /week
Merrily We Go to Hell (1932) $450 /week
Devil and the...

Publications and Magazines about Cary Grant

Chuck Ashman, Pamela Trescott Cary Grant. 1987
Warren G. Harris Cary Grant. 1987
Charles Higham, with Roy Moseley Cary Grant: The Lonely Heart. 1989
Maureen Donaldson; William Royce (contributor) An Affair to Remember: My Life With Cary Grant. 1989
Geoffrey Wansell Haunted Idol: The Story of the Real Cary Grant. 1987
Richard Schickel Cary Grant: A Celebration. 1983
Lee Guthrie The Life and Loves of Cary Grant. 1977
Beverley Bare Buehrer Cary Grant : A Bio-Bibliography. 1990
Nancy Nelson Evenings With Cary Grant: Recollections in His Own Words and by Those Who Knew Him Best. 1991
Marc Eliot Cary Grant: A Biography. 2004
Andrew Britton Cary Grant: Comedy and Male Desire. 1983
William Currie McIntosh The Private Cary Grant. 1983
Richard Torregrossa, Cary Grant: A Celebration of Style. 2006
Jennifer Grant Good Stuff: A Reminiscence of My Father, Cary Grant. 2011
Geoffrey Wansell Cary Grant: Dark Angel. 1996
Dyan Cannon Dear Cary: My Life with Cary Grant. 2011
Graham McCann Cary Grant: A Class Apart. 1996

Biographical movies about Cary Grant

Cary Grant on Film 1999
Cary Grant: A Celebration of a Leading Man 1988
American Masters: "Cary Grant: A Class Apart" Episode #18.3 2004
Biography: "Cary Grant: Hollywood's Leading Man" 1993

What movies did Cary Grant play or participate?

Producers Filmography
The Grass Is Greener (1960) ,
Actors Filmography
Walk Don't Run (1966) Sir William Rutland, Father Goose (1964) Walter, Charade (1963) Peter Joshua, That Touch of Mink (1962) Philip Shayne, The Grass Is Greener (1960) Victor Rhyall, Earl, Operation Petticoat (1959) Lt. Cmdr. Matt T. Sherman, North by Northwest (1959) Roger Thornhill, Houseboat (1958) Tom Winters, Indiscreet (1958) Philip Adams, Kiss Them for Me (1957) Cmdr. Andy Crewson, An Affair to Remember (1957) Nickie Ferrante, The Pride and the Passion (1957) Anthony, To Catch a...

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Cary Grant and Irene Dunne in Akkorde der Liebe (1941)

In 2005 "Premiere" magazine ranked him as the #1 Movie Star of All Time in its "Stars in Our Constellation" feature.

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Cary Grant in Akkorde der Liebe (1941)

Maintained a year-round suntan to avoid wearing makeup.

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Cary Grant and Sylvia Sidney in Thirty Day Princess (1934)

Became the director of the Fabergé cosmetics firm in 1966.

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Cary Grant and Nancy Carroll in The Woman Accused (1933)

Alfred Hitchcock once toyed with the idea of casting him as Hamlet (in what would have been a modern-dress film version of William Shakespeare's play), but he never got around to it.

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Cary Grant and Jack La Rue in The Woman Accused (1933)

In 1957 he accepted the Oscar for "Best Actress in a Leading Role" on behalf of Ingrid Bergman, who was not present at the awards ceremony.

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Cary Grant and Nancy Carroll in The Woman Accused (1933)

Awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1610 Vine St. on February 8, 1960.

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Cary Grant and Nancy Carroll in The Woman Accused (1933)

Was the original choice to play Rupert Cadell in Rope (1948), but he was unavailable, so the role went to James Stewart, instead (whom Grant would later replace as the lead in North by Northwest (1959)). Rope (1948) features references to Grant and the earlier Hitchcock film he appeared in, Notorious (1946) with Ingrid Bergman.

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Cary Grant and Nancy Carroll in The Woman Accused (1933)

Introduced First Lady Betty Ford at the Republican National Convention in 1976.

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Cary Grant and Nancy Carroll in The Woman Accused (1933)

On April 18, 1947, King George VI awarded Grant the King's Medal for Service in the Cause of Freedom, citing his "outstanding service to the British War Relief Society".

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Cary Grant and Nancy Carroll in The Woman Accused (1933)

In 2006 his performance as T.R. Devlin in Notorious (1946) was ranked #16 on "Premiere" magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time.

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Cary Grant, Hooper Atchley, Benita Hume, and Roscoe Karns in Gambling Ship (1933)

In October 1997 he was ranked #7 in "Empire" (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.

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Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in Über den Dächern von Nizza (1955)

Became a father for the first time at age of 62 when his fourth wife Dyan Cannon gave birth to their daughter Jennifer Diane Grant (aka Jennifer Grant) on February 26, 1966.

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Cary Grant in Der unsichtbare Dritte (1959)

Ian Fleming modeled the James Bond character partially with Grant in mind.

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Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn in Leoparden küßt man nicht (1938)

Suffered a major stroke prior to performing in his one-man show "An Evening with Cary Grant" at the Adler Theater in Davenport, Iowa on November 29, 1986. Passed away later that night at St. Luke's Hospital at 11:22 p.m., almost two months away from what would have been his 83rd birthday on January 18, 1987.

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Marlene Dietrich and Cary Grant in Die blonde Venus (1932)

From 1932-44 he shared a house with Randolph Scott, whom he met on Hot Saturday (1932). Scott often jokingly referred to Grant as his spouse. The 1940 census report shows Scott as head of household and Grant as his partner. Many studio heads threatened not to employ them together, unless they lived separately. Grant's marriage to Barbara Hutton permanently dissolved his living arrangement with Scott.

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Cary Grant and Sylvia Sidney in Madame Butterfly (1932)

Cary Grant passed away on November 29, 1986, almost two months away from what would have been his 83rd birthday on January 18, 1987.

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Cary Grant, Charles Ruggles, and Sylvia Sidney in Madame Butterfly (1932)

He gave his entire fee for The Philadelphia Story (1940) to the British war effort.

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Cary Grant, Fredric March, and Jack Oakie in The Eagle and the Hawk (1933)

He once phoned hotel mogul Conrad Hilton in Istanbul, Turkey, to find out why his breakfast order at the Plaza Hotel, which called for muffins, came with only 1-1/2 English muffins instead of two. When he insisted that the explanation (a hotel efficiency report had found that most people ate only three of the four halves brought to them) still resulted in his being cheated out of a half, the Plaza Hotel changed its policy and began serving two complete muffins with breakfast. From then on, he often spoke of forming an English Muffin-Lovers Society, members of which would be required to report any hotel or restaurant that listed muffins on the menu and then served fewer than two.

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Cary Grant and Fredric March in The Eagle and the Hawk (1933)

Turned down the role of James Bond in Dr. No (1962), believing himself to be too old at age 58 to play the hero. The role went to Sean Connery instead.

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Cary Grant in The Eagle and the Hawk (1933)

Donated his entire salary for Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) ($100,000) to the U.S. War Relief Fund.

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Cary Grant, Lew Ayres, and Doris Nolan in Die Schwester der Braut (1938)

On American Film Institute's list of top 100 U.S. love stories, compiled in June 2002, Grant led all actors with six of his films on the list. His An Affair to Remember (1957) was ranked #5; followed by: #44 The Philadelphia Story (1940) #46 To Catch a Thief (1955) #51 Bringing Up Baby (1938) #77 The Awful Truth (1937) #86 Notorious (1946)

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Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Lew Ayres, etc.

Pictured on a 37¢ USA commemorative postage stamp in the Legends of Hollywood series, issued 15 October 2002.

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Cary Grant and Nancy Carroll in Hot Saturday (1932)

Thanks mainly to the strength and physical dexterity he gained as an acrobat when he was young, he did a majority of his own stunts during his film career (far more than people would think).

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Cary Grant and Nancy Carroll in Hot Saturday (1932)

Douglas Fairbanks was his boyhood idol, with Fairbanks' "healthy" tan being the inspiration for Grant's constantly dark skin.

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Cary Grant, Nancy Carroll, and Edward Woods in Hot Saturday (1932)

He remained close to Barbara Hutton's son Lance Reventlow after their divorce. The boy regularly stayed with Grant on some weekends. Grant referred to him as his son, was devastated when he died in a plane crash and helped Barbara with the funeral arrangements.

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Cary Grant and Nancy Carroll in Hot Saturday (1932)

People were surprised by his retirement in 1966 and, despite the attempts of directors as important as Howard Hawks, Billy Wilder, and even Stanley Kubrick to get him out of retirement and into their films, he never worked again.

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Cary Grant and Nancy Carroll in The Woman Accused (1933)

Paramount Pictures named him Cary Grant when he began his film career, because of the similarity of the name to Gary Cooper, their biggest male star (C.G. being an inversion of G.C.) and possibly because Clark Gable had the same initials. Gable and Cooper were born with their last names, however, with Grant having been born Archibald Leach.

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Cary Grant and Nancy Carroll in The Woman Accused (1933)

Named the #2 Greatest Actor on The Greatest Screen Legends list by the American Film Institute.

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Cary Grant and Irene Dunne in Akkorde der Liebe (1941)

According to his will (dated November 26, 1984), his body was to be cremated and no funeral service held. His ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean.

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Cary Grant and Irene Dunne in Akkorde der Liebe (1941)

He was voted the sixth Greatest Movie Star of all time by "Entertainment Weekly".

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Cary Grant and Irene Dunne in Akkorde der Liebe (1941)

The late Christopher Reeve said that he based his portrayal of Clark Kent in the "Superman" films on Grant in the early part of his career.

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Cary Grant in Akkorde der Liebe (1941)

In His Girl Friday (1940), his character remarks, "Archie Leach said that", a reference to his real name.

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Cary Grant and Irene Dunne in Akkorde der Liebe (1941)

Was hyperopic or "far-sighted". That is why in many publicity stills, he is seen holding a pair of glasses.

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Cary Grant and Eva Lee Kuney in Akkorde der Liebe (1941)

John Cleese's character in A Fish Called Wanda (1988) was named "Archie Leach" after Grant's real name.

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Cary Grant, Beulah Bondi, and Wallis Clark in Akkorde der Liebe (1941)

Was largely self-educated, as he had dropped out of school at age 14. However, he was a voracious reader throughout his life.

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Cary Grant and Irene Dunne in Akkorde der Liebe (1941)

Director Leo McCarey accused Grant of ripping off his persona during the time they shot The Awful Truth (1937) and using it as his own to become world-famous. What McCarey failed to notice was that many aspects of Grant's image were already developed in Sylvia Scarlett (1935), an otherwise poor Katharine Hepburn-George Cukor picture made two years before "The Awful Truth", and that his comic timing and versatility as an actor were all his own. Although ill at ease about it, they collaborated again several times.

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Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, and Edgar Buchanan in Akkorde der Liebe (1941)

Often spoke of his relationship with Sophia Loren as one of the most passionate romances in his life. She was almost 31 years his junior.

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Cary Grant in Akkorde der Liebe (1941)

Was still in love with Sophia Loren when it came time for them to film Houseboat (1958). She went to director Melville Shavelson, in tears, complaining that he was chasing her again--she had told Grant she was in love with Carlo Ponti, but he did not believe her.

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Cary Grant and Irene Dunne in Akkorde der Liebe (1941)

Fell madly in love with Sophia Loren while filming The Pride and the Passion (1957) when he was 53 and she was 22. At the time Grant was still married to actress Betsy Drake and Loren was involved with 45-year-old producer Carlo Ponti, who was also married. Both men eventually separated from their wives and proposed to Loren at the same time; she chose Ponti.

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Cary Grant and Irene Dunne in Akkorde der Liebe (1941)

When Sophia Loren visited Los Angeles during the filming of An Affair to Remember (1957), Grant inundated her with dozens of phone calls and hundreds of flowers--even though she had called off the affair.

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Cary Grant and Irene Dunne in Akkorde der Liebe (1941)

Participated in an experimental psychotherapy program in which he was prescribed LSD. Betsy Drake encouraged him to take the drug (as part of a medical experiment), as he wanted to examine his failed marriages. He underwent about 100 sessions, and said that he benefited greatly from them. However in later life, he said he would not have experimented with LSD if he had known about the side-effects, and asked people not to use drugs.

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