Cary Grant's TV producer daughter, 57, slams rumors her father was gayDecember 10, 2023
Cary Grant’s TV producer daughter, 57, slams rumors her father was gay after he lived with actor Randolph Scott for 12 years
- Jennifer Grant, 57, is the only child of the notorious Hollywood lothario, who was briefly married to her mother Dyan Cannon in the 1960s
- Cary Grant, whose real name was Archibald ‘Archie’ Leach, had four marriages – and he lived in a Malibu beach house with actor Randolph Scott for 12 years
Cary Grant’s daughter has slammed rumors that her late father was gay, saying that she ‘never saw’ anything to indicate that he wasn’t into women.
Jennifer Grant, 57, is the only child of the notorious Hollywood lothario, who was briefly married to her mother Dyan Cannon in the 1960s.
Cary Grant, whose real name was Archibald ‘Archie’ Leach, had four marriages – and he lived in a Malibu beach house with actor Randolph Scott for 12 years.
This comes ahead of the portrayal of Grant in a new show called Archie. Archie is based on Cannon’s 2011 memoir titled Dear Cary: My Life With Cary Grant. Both she and daughter Jennifer were also executive producers on the miniseries.
Rumors have swirled about Grant’s sexuality – including in the 2015 documentary ‘Women He’s Undressed’ which claims that the actor had a relationship with costume designer Orry-Kelly.
Jennifer Grant, 57, is the only child of the notorious Hollywood lothario, who was briefly married to her mother Dyan Cannon in the 1960s
Grant with fourth wife Dyan Cannon and their daughter Jennifer in 1966. Both Dyan, now 86, and Jennifer are executive producers of Archie, providing advice to the two principal actors
The book Cary Grant: A Brilliant Disguise, released in 2020, touched on Grant’s struggle with his sexual identity, and said he lived with Scott after they met on the set of the 1932 film Hot Saturday.
But his daughter has shut down the rumors that her father was gay.
She told Fox News Digital on Sunday: ‘I suppose the [misconception about my father] that comes to mind is the question of, ‘Was he straight? Was he gay?’
‘When I wrote my book, I got hate mail saying, ‘Why aren’t you standing up for the fact that your father was homosexual?’
‘But the truth of the matter is, I never saw anything to indicate that.
‘Had he been homosexual, I absolutely would’ve stood up for it. He had gay friends and there’s just absolutely nothing to be ashamed of there.
‘But I had to speak the truth, which was I saw a very straight male who watched women, was married to women, had me,’
‘Did he have affairs earlier in life? Perhaps. I don’t know. I wasn’t there to see it. So, I think it might not be a common misconception, but it’s certainly a rumor out there.’
American actor Randolph Scott and British born actor Cary Grant playing with a ball at the beach house they share
Cary Grant, whose real name was Archibald ‘Archie’ Leach, had four marriages – and he lived in a Malibu beach house with actor Randolph Scott for 12 years
English-born American actor Cary Grant with his baby daughter Jennifer Grant, 1966
Cary Grant and his daughter Jennifer Grant during Ahmet Ertegun’s Sunday Brunch at Fairfax Hotel in Washington D.C
Jennifer also told The Guardian this year: ‘If you’re around your parents a lot, you see them in ways that almost no one else does. And I never saw a hint of that.
‘I think I would have picked up on it — not that I would’ve cared. But I have to speak the truth of the matter: Dad was charming, and he had great friendships, but he wasn’t flirtatious with men.’
The premise of the new show Archie is, ‘the life of Hollywood’s greatest leading man, Archibald Alexander Leach – A.K.A. Cary Grant,’ per an official IMDB synopsis.
The show will not only depict Grant throughout his career in Hollywood – but also his difficult upbringing as a child.
Four actors were cast to portray Grant through the decades, including Jason Isaacs. Other stars who were cast in the project include Laura Aikman – playing Dyan – as well as Harriet Walter and Kara Tointon.
By the time Cary Grant met Dyan Cannon in 1962, he had already racked up an immense list of acting credits and cemented himself as the one of Hollywood’s top leading men – but he had also earned a reputation as a notorious player.
With three failed marriages already under his belt and accusations of abuse, alcoholism, and infidelity surrounding him – it seemed as though his and Dyan’s romance was doomed from the start.
All of Cary’s exes had a similar story to tell: the heartthrob wooed them with his suave personality, debonair confidence, and mesmerizing charm, but ultimately chose the razzle and dazzle of Hollywood over family life.
It was only natural that Dyan, now 86, and Cary became Hollywood’s ‘it’ couple practically overnight – paparazzi followed them everywhere they went and the media covered their every move.
On the outside, it looked as though the acclaimed actor had finally found love, but behind the scenes, Dyan later claimed that their marriage was plagued by explosive fights due to his deep-rooted insecurities and his immense jealousy, which stemmed from a traumatic childhood and were only fueled by his rampant drug use.
Cary Grant and wife Dyan Cannon and their daughter Jennifer, aged three months, just before boarding the SS Oriana, bound for England, to visit Grant’s mother
Cary Grant, wife Dyan Cannon and their daughter Jennifer, aged three months, just before boarding the SS Oriana, bound for England, to visit Grant’s mother
Cary Grant with his wife, actress Dyan Cannon in London, on August 3, 1966
Cary Grant with his wife, actress Dyan Cannon and their daughter Jennifer
She laid bare the horrendous details of their torrid relationship in an explosive tell-all memoir back in 2011 – which is now being turned into a brand new ITV show that will premiere later this month.
While Dyan and Cary ultimately split in 1968 after only three years of marriage, there was one thing that resulted from their relationship that ultimately changed Cary forever – the birth of their daughter, Jennifer.
They welcomed a baby girl together in 1966, and becoming a father inspired Cary to turn over a new leaf. He decided to quit acting to put his focus on raising her full time, leaving his wild ways behind and transforming himself into a devoted family man instead.
The relationship also transformed Dyan’s life for the better – as dating one of the biggest actors on the globe propelled her into the spotlight and helped to launch a major career for the young starlet.
She started dating Cary as an unknown actress who was just starting out, but by the time they went their separate ways, she was one of the most sought-after faces in Hollywood.
After their split, she went on to star in a slew of movies and TV shows, earned a bunch of Oscar nominations, dabbled in producing, directing, and writing, and released her bestselling book about her and Cary’s roller-coaster ride love story that will now be portrayed on TV.
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