THIS SEXY BRIT OF YESTERFILM, IS STILL SEXY TODAY!
TCM hosts CARY GRANT Day Sunday, April 21…set your DVRs!
Who doesn’t like a Cary Grant? He makes women swoon and men “MAN-up”! And thank gawd Hollywood changed his name; ARCHIBALD LEACH would not have been a kind name in lights. I think he is such a sizzlin’ manski, I drew a pic of him (okay, so I didn’t finish it).
He played the silver screen with the most tenacious, intelligent & striking actresses: Katharine Hepburn, Carole Lombard, Jean Arthur, Joan Fontaine, Deborah Kerr, Rosalind Russell, Rita Hayworth, Loretta Young, Eva Marie Saint, Sophia Loren, Jayne Mansfield (Hmmm…Seems like a revolving casting couch). Even Hitchcock had a movie love affair with this man!
Born in the United Kingdom, he came to the United States in his mid-late teens where he performed in Vaudeville as a stilt walker, juggler, acrobat & mime (hence his incredible physique & graceful physical comedy timing. He went on to perform on Broadway in light comedies before he travelled across the U.S. to Hollywood, where they immediately changed his first name to Cary, after a character he recently played on stage. His last name, well it came from a list the studios moguls perused through. The big bust, I mean boost, came from Mae West when she personally chose him to star in her most famous films, SHE DONE HIM WRONG & I’M NO ANGEL (sizzle).
And the rest of his career brought his incomparable screw-ball comedies like BRINGING UP BABY (he was so sexy in that feather trimmed robe) & HIS GIRL FRIDAY.
Then onto his reign of Hitchcock (I’ll save this info for an entirely new column). He went on to form his own production company & produce delightful works like OPERATION PETTICOAT, FATHER GOOSE & CHARADE.
JUST THE FACTS :
- There is a statue of CG in Millennium Square in Bristol, UK
- Nominated for 2 Academy Awards & 5 Golden Globe Awards
- Originally considered for a possibility to play James Bond in Dr. No
- First actor to “go independent” and walk away from a studio contract
- Made 72 feature films
- Married 5 times, has one daughter by Dyan Cannon
- He believed movie stars should never make public declarations about politics
CARY GRANT on TCM’s SUMMER UNDER THE STARS