Agent 007 manqué
Not everyone knows that the very first choice to play James Bond was indeed Cary Grant, who refused. The producers wanted him to sign a 5-film contract, but his refusal made Sean Connery’s fortune, as he replaced him.
On set, and in his private life, he is the icon of the American dream and the symbol of cinema in the years of its rebirth after the Second World War.
He was lucky enough to act with the most irresistible actresses, from Marylin Monroe to Audrey Hepburn, from Grace Kelly to Ingrid Bergman, and got married 5 times.
A fully-fledged seducer and cheater in his private life.
Always looking for new adventures.
His daughter Jennifer in the book “Good Stuff” describes him as sweet, kind and truly special.
Men and women liked him – undeniably – which led him to be at the heart of a world of gossip.
Yet, Jennifer smiles of such accusations.
After all, he left cinema for her and turned from charm icon into the sweetest of dads.
From rags to riches
Cary, Americanized Englishman from Bristol, had a remarkably difficult childhood.
His father was an alcoholic and his mother suffered from anxiety and depression: she was sent to a mental hospital and Cary was told she was dead.
“I became an actor for the usual reason: a great need to be liked and admired”.
This is what the actor confessed to the public during a theatre play.
An affectless childhood and a desperate need to be seen, to be someone and fill the great emptiness he felt inside.
Only in his thirties did he discover the truth, and took care of his mother for her whole life.
The most Hitchcockian actor of all
His movies were often directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and his playing is refined and impeccable.
“Notorious”, a spy-story set after the Second World War stars him together with Ingrid Bergman and is a charming example of his obvious class.
Cary Grant is the epitome of a timeless Style, which turned his not-showy elegance into timeless class. Still imitated today and largely admired.
Shirt, double-breasted coat and cigarette pants. The perfect portrait of a mysterious, intriguing and seducing gentleman.
Reassuring, mild-mannered and charming: these are the keys to his success. Able to play very different roles with an incredible savoir faire.
Simply incomparable and timeless.