10 Things You Didn’t Know About Cary Grant

Posted by Brandy Dean April 9, 2013 5 Comments 10818 views

Ok, typically I wouldn’t do this, but this list from Fox to promote the dvd release of The Cary Grant Collection was too fun to pass up. We know wevlove suave and debonair Cary Grant, but what do we really know about him? If you’ve ever wondered what his fave brand of jeans were, which surly director absolutely loved him, or why he was never James Bond you’re about to find out with this list of…

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Cary Grant

  1. ‘Gap Brand Fan’ – his favorite store was The Gap’ because they carried the only jeans he loved- Levi’s 501’s.
  2. ‘Natural Beauty Admirer’ – While makeup may be a necessity on set, off-screen he loved his leading ladies with no make up or sparse use.
  3. ‘Brains & Looks’ – trivial pursuit was a favorite board game and one of the last games played shortly before his death.
  4. ’Judy, Judy, Judy’- Often attributed to Cary, the famous quote is actually attributed to a professional impersonator that greeted Judy Garland as she walked in during one of the impersonator’s comedy sets.
  5. ‘Keep Calm and carry an American Flag’- Cary is English and became a U.S. citizen on June 26, 1942 – changing his name from Archie Leach to Cary Grant.
  6. ‘Mole today, not tomorrow’ – He had a mole on his cheek that was removed between filming of Crisis and People will Talk in 1950 & 1951.
  7. ‘Cary as James Bond’ – He was offered the role of James Bond in Dr .No but turned it down because he felt he was too old.
  8.  ‘Always the Nice Guy’- He starred in 72 films throughout his career and never played the role of the villain.
  9. ‘Peer Review’ – Alfred Hitchcock quotes him as ‘the only actor I ever loved in my whole life’.
  10.  ‘Charitable Patriot’- He donated his entire salary from the film Arsenic and Old Lace to the U.S. war relief fund.

 

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Be sure to check out The Cary Grant Film Collection, now available on DVD. This six disc set includes:

Born To Be Bad
I Was a Male War Bride
People Will Talk
Monkey Business
An Affair to Remember
Kiss Them for Me

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There are 5 Comments

  1. Howard Casner
    - July 11, 2013
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    He actually did play a villain in Suspicion until they changed the ending.

    • Brandy Dean
      - July 11, 2013
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      Very true. But that’s exactly to the point – Cary Grant would not play a villian, so RKO forced Hitchcock to rewrite the character. As it was actually made, the character seemed villainous but turned out to be depressed and irresponsible.

  2. Vern
    - October 25, 2013
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    He went by Cary Grant at least 9 years before 1942: he was billed as Cary Grant in She Done Him Wrong in 1933.

    • Brandy Dean
      - October 25, 2013
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      He was always billed in films as Cary Grant, but as the piece notes he legally changed his name in 1942.

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