Cary Grant with Irene Dunne and Skippy in the film The Awful Truth
  1. Archibald Leach: Cary Grant was born Archibald Alexander Leach on January 18, 1904, in Horfield, Bristol, England. His transformation into the suave and sophisticated Cary Grant was a conscious effort to escape a difficult childhood marked by poverty and family issues.
  2. Acrobatic Skills: Before becoming an actor, Grant was a skilled acrobat. He honed his physical prowess as a performer with the Bob Pender Troupe, a British vaudeville group. This background in acrobatics later contributed to his ease with physical comedy in films.
  3. Becoming an American: Despite his British origins, Cary Grant became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1942. He was deeply committed to his adopted country and played an active role in supporting the U.S. during World War II.
  4. Career-Defining Hitchcock Collaborations: Grant’s collaboration with Alfred Hitchcock in films like “Suspicion” (1941), “Notorious” (1946), and “North by Northwest” (1959) became iconic. Interestingly, Grant was initially hesitant to take on suspenseful roles but became one of Hitchcock’s favorite leading men.
  5. Rejected James Bond Role: Cary Grant was considered for the role of James Bond in the early 1960s. However, he turned down the offer, feeling he was too old for the part. The role eventually went to Sean Connery.
  6. Multiple Marriages: Grant was married five times. His wives included actress Virginia Cherrill, heiress Barbara Hutton, and actress Dyan Cannon. Despite the number of marriages, Grant often spoke warmly about his ex-wives, maintaining amicable relationships.
  7. Invention of “Cary Grant”: Grant carefully crafted his on-screen persona, which became synonymous with charm, wit, and elegance. He once famously said, “I pretended to be somebody I wanted to be until, finally, I became that person. Or he became me.”
  8. Philanthropy: Beyond his Hollywood career, Grant was actively involved in philanthropy. He served on the boards of various organizations, including the Hollywood Cricket Club, and was a strong advocate for the United Service Organizations (USO).
  9. Retirement and Return: Grant retired from acting in 1966 after making “Walk, Don’t Run.” However, he came out of retirement in 1980 to receive an honorary Oscar for his achievements in the film industry. This marked his last public appearance before his death in 1986.
  10. Legacy: Cary Grant’s legacy endures not only through his films but also through the Cary Grant Film Society, established to preserve and celebrate his contributions to cinema. His influence on the art of acting and on-screen style continues to inspire generations of actors and filmmakers.

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Cary Grant in the Bobby-Soxer 1947
Cary Grant in the movie The Bobby-Soxer (1947) Source