67 Facts About Cary Grant

1. On December 7, 2001, a statue of Cary Grant was unveiled in Millennium Square, a regenerated area next to Bristol Harbour, Bristol, in the city where he was born.

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2. In 1979, Cary Grant hosted the American Film Institute's tribute to Alfred Hitchcock, and presented Laurence Olivier with his honorary Oscar.

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3. Cary Grant remarked of his career: "I guess to a certain extent I did eventually become the characters I was playing.

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4. Cary Grant smiles at us, sharing with us his extraordinary good fortune.

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5. Cary Grant was taken back to the Blackhawk Hotel where he and his wife Barbara had checked in, and a doctor was called and discovered that Grant was having a massive stroke, with a blood pressure reading of 210 over 130.

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6. Cary Grant was at the Adler Theatre in Davenport, Iowa, on the afternoon of November 29, 1986, preparing for his performance in A Conversation with Cary Grant when he was taken ill.

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7. Cary Grant had a brief affair with self-proclaimed actress Cynthia Bouron in the late 1960s.

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8. Cary Grant was hospitalized for 17 days with three broken ribs and bruising.

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9. Cary Grant said of fatherhood: "My life changed the day Jennifer was born.

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10. Cary Grant became a naturalized United States citizen on June 26, 1942, at which time he legally changed his name to "Cary Grant".

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11. Cary Grant wed Virginia Cherrill on February 9, 1934, at the Caxton Hall registry office in London.

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12. Cary Grant had an estimated 100 sessions over several years.

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13. Cary Grant began experimenting with the drug LSD in the late 1950s, before it became popular.

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14. Cary Grant lived with actor Randolph Scott off and on for 12 years, which some claimed was a gay relationship.

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15. One of the wealthiest stars in Hollywood, Cary Grant owned houses in Beverly Hills, Malibu, and Palm Springs.

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16. Cary Grant played an active role in the promotion of MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas when opened in 1973, and he continued to promote the city throughout the 1970s.

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17. Cary Grant accepted a position on the board of directors at Faberge.

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18. Cary Grant made some 36 public appearances in his last four years, from New Jersey to Texas, and found his audiences changed from elderly film buffs to enthusiastic college students discovering his films for the first time.

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19. Cary Grant turned 80 in 1984; Peter Bogdanovich noticed that a "serenity" had come over the actor.

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20. Cary Grant visited Monaco three or four times each year during his retirement, and showed his support for Kelly by joining the board of the Princess Grace Foundation.

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21. Cary Grant remarked: "I could have gone on acting and playing a grandfather or a bum, but I discovered more important things in life".

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22. In 1964, Cary Grant changed from his typically suave, distinguished screen persona to play a grizzled beachcomber Walter Eckland who is hired by a Commander to serve as a lookout on Matalava Island for invading Japanese planes in the World War II romantic comedy, Father Goose.

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23. In 1963, Cary Grant appeared in his last typically suave, romantic role opposite Audrey Hepburn in Charade.

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24. Cary Grant invites her to his apartment in Bermuda, but her guilty conscience begins to take hold.

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25. In 1962, Cary Grant starred in the romantic comedy That Touch of Mink, playing suave, wealthy businessman Philip Shayne romantically involved with an office worker, played by Doris Day.

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26. Cary Grant wore one of his most iconic suits in the film which became very popular, a fourteen-gauge, mid-gray, worsted wool one custom-made on Savile Row.

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27. In 1959, Cary Grant starred in the Hitchcock-directed film North by Northwest, playing an advertising executive who becomes embroiled in a case of mistaken identity.

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28. Cary Grant had expressed an interest in playing William Holden's character in The Bridge on the River Kwai at the time, but found that it was not possible because of his commitment to The Pride and the Passion.

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29. In 1957, Cary Grant starred opposite Kerr in the romance An Affair to Remember, playing an international playboy who becomes the object of her affections.

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30. In 1955, Cary Grant agreed to star opposite Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief, playing a retired jewel thief nicknamed "The Cat", living in the French Riviera.

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31. Cary Grant had hoped that starring opposite Deborah Kerr in the romantic comedy Dream Wife would salvage his career, but it was a critical and financial failure upon release in July 1953.

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32. Cary Grant reunited with Howard Hawks to film the off-beat comedy Monkey Business, co-starring Ginger Rogers and Marilyn Monroe.

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33. In 1952, Cary Grant starred in the comedy Room for One More, playing an engineer husband who with his wife adopt two children from an orphanage.

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34. In 1949, Cary Grant starred alongside Ann Sheridan in the comedy I Was a Male War Bride in which he appeared in scenes dressed as a woman, wearing a skirt and a wig.

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35. In 1947, Cary Grant played an artist who becomes involved in a court case when charged with assault in The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, opposite Myrna Loy and Shirley Temple.

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36. Cary Grant took up the role after it was originally offered to Bob Hope, who turned it down owing to schedule conflicts.

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37. In 1942, Cary Grant participated in a three-week tour of the United States as part of a group to help the war effort and was photographed visiting wounded marines in hospital.

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38. Cary Grant reunited with Irene Dunne in My Favorite Wife, a "first rate comedy" according to Life magazine, which became RKO's second biggest picture of the year, with profits of $505,000.

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39. In 1940, Cary Grant played a callous newspaper editor who learns that his ex-wife and former journalist, played by Rosalind Russell, is to marry an insurance officer in the comedy His Girl Friday, which was praised for its strong chemistry and "great verbal athleticism" between Grant and Russell.

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40. Cary Grant played one half of a wealthy, freewheeling married couple with Constance Bennett, who wreak havoc on the world as ghosts after dying in a car accident.

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41. In 1937, Cary Grant began the first film under his contract with Columbia Pictures, When You're in Love, portraying a wealthy American artist who eventually woos a famous opera singer.

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42. Cary Grant found that he conflicted with the director during the filming and the two often argued in German.

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43. In 1932, Cary Grant played a wealthy playboy opposite Marlene Dietrich in Blonde Venus, directed by Josef von Sternberg.

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44. Cary Grant disliked his role and threatened to leave Hollywood, but to his surprise a critic from Variety praised his performance, and thought that he looked like a "potential femme rave".

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45. Cary Grant made his feature film debut with the Frank Tuttle-directed comedy This is the Night, playing an Olympic javelin thrower opposite Thelma Todd and Lili Damita.

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46. Cary Grant set out to establish himself as what McCann calls the "epitome of masculine glamour", and made Douglas Fairbanks his first role model.

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47. Cary Grant delivers his lines "without any conviction" according to McCann.

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48. In 1930, Cary Grant toured for nine months in a production of the musical, The Street Singer.

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49. Cary Grant was sometimes mistaken for an Australian during this period, and was nicknamed "Kangaroo" or "Boomerang".

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50. Cary Grant became a leading man alongside Jean Dalrymple, and decided to form the "Jack Janis Company", which began touring vaudeville.

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51. Cary Grant visited Los Angeles for the first time in 1924, which left a lasting impression upon him.

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52. Cary Grant spent the next couple of years touring the United States with "The Walking Stanleys".

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53. Cary Grant formed a group that summer, "The Walking Stanleys", with several of the former members of the Pender Troupe, and starred in a variety show named "Better Times" at the Hippodrome towards the end of the year.

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54. In July 1922, Cary Grant performed in a group with seven others, the "Knockabout Comedians", at the Palace Theatre on Broadway.

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55. Cary Grant remembered becoming fond of the performances of the Marx Brothers during this period and Zeppo Marx was an early role model for him.

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56. Cary Grant became a part of the vaudeville circuit and began touring.

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57. Cary Grant was so impressed with Fairbanks that the actor became an important role model.

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58. Cary Grant rejoined Pender's troupe three days after being expelled from Fairfield.

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59. Cary Grant began hanging around backstage at the theatre at every opportunity.

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60. Cary Grant befriended a troupe of acrobatic dancers, known as "The Penders" or the "Bob Pender Stage Troupe".

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61. Cary Grant enjoyed the theatre, particularly pantomimes at Christmas which he would attend with his father.

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62. Cary Grant visited her during a break to England in October 1938, after filming for Gunga Din was completed.

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63. Cary Grant made arrangements for his mother to leave the institution in June 1935, shortly after he learned of her whereabouts.

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64. Cary Grant entered education when he was four-and-a-half and was sent to the Bishop Road Primary School, Bristol.

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65. Cary Grant was born Archibald Alec Leach on January 18, 1904 at 15 Hughenden Road in the northern Bristol suburb of Horfield.

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66. Cary Grant was presented with an Honorary Oscar by his friend Frank Sinatra at the 42nd Academy Awards in 1970, and in 1981, he was accorded the Kennedy Center Honors.

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67. Cary Grant established a name for himself in vaudeville in the 1920s and toured the United States before moving to Hollywood in the early 1930s.

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