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CARY GRANT BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:

Archibald Alexander Leach, better known for his stage name of Cary Grant, was born in Bristol, England on January 18, 1904 to a poor family. His mom had insisted, however, he take piano lessons. As well, he got to go to the cinema and theatre pretty regularly with his father. In 1914, when Grant was only nine, his mother turned herself in to a mental asylum, although he was told she was merely on vacation. Fortunately, he was bright, and at age 11 he won a scholarship to Fairfield Grammar School. In his second year at the school, Grant became well acquainted with the electrician, who also happened to be employed at a variety theatre in Bristol. The electrician let him help with different technical aspects, and even introduced him to the manager of another theatre, who also allowed Grant to aid in the shows in a behind-the-curtain way. This helped Grant understand and develop a liking for showbiz. In March 1918, he was expelled from school, and three days later left to join the Bob Pender’s comedy troupe. He travelled around with the group for two years, eventually ending up in the states.

Grant stayed in America to further his career in show business. He performed in a variety of theaters before finally landing a contract with Paramount Pictures in 1932, who gave him the stage name of Cary Grant, for they thought the name ‘Archie’ Leach to be unsuitable for an actor. In 1941 he legally adopted this name. The new actor was quickly placed into two movies at the same time, “This Is the Night” (1932) and “Sinners of the Sun” (1932). It didn’t take long for him to nab additional major film roles in pictures like “Blonde Venus” (1932), “She Done Him Wrong” (1933), and “I’m No Angel” (1933). The two latter starred Mae West and she specifically chose him to be her leading man, which gave Grant’s career an even bigger boost. Between 1934 and 1935, the actor shot a fair amount of films. While waiting for the release of these movies, Grant went back to England to shoot “The Amazing Quest” (1936) also known as “Romance and Riches”. During the filming, his father died, and he discovered that his dad had had a ‘second family’ even before his wife’s departure to the mental institute. A few years later, Grant also found out that his mother never abandoned him, she was simply sent to live in a mental care facility.

Nevertheless, the actor went on to give a great performance in the box-office failure “Sylvia Scarlett” (1935) with Katharine Hepburn. Although the film was one of his worst, his reputation was heightened, and it gave him the push to leave Paramount. Grant became one of the few freelancers during this time in Hollywood where studios ruled, and was enabled to choose his own scripts and gain control of his career. His first piece of work was “When You’re in Love” (1937) at Columbia Pictures. However, he went on to appear in a series of screwball comedies that would make him famous, including “Bringing up Baby” (1938) and “Holiday” (1938), both with Katharine Hepburn, his most common leading lady, “The Awful Truth” (1937) and “My Favorite Wife” (1940), both with Irene Dunn, and the high-class spoof “The Philadelphia Story” (1940). Additionally, he filmed “Gunga Din” (1938), which was RKO’s most profitable movie of all time, and the notable “His Girl Friday” (1940). In 1941, the actor appeared in “Penny Serenade” and was nominated for an Oscar for his role. Again in 1945, he was nominated for “None but the Lonely Heart” (1944). He failed to take home the prize each time. Still, he managed to impress and delight audiences in 1948’s “I Was a Male War Bride”, 20th Century Fox’s most successful picture of the year.

Grant also had an association with Alfred Hitchcock who once stated that he was “the only actor I ever loved in my whole life”, and gave some of his greatest work in some of Hitchcock’s finest films. The actor’s actual debonair was impressively juxtaposed with his characters’ dark demeanors. Movies they worked together on include the thrilling “Suspicion” (1941), the renowned “Notorious” (1946), the lighthearted “To Catch a Thief” (1952), and the masterful mix of horror and comedy “North by Northwest” (1959).

In 1959 the actor starred in Universal’s most money-making film ever, “Operation Petticoat”, which also earned him personally four million dollars. Grant’s career further extended into the 1960's, but not until after he came out about his controversial therapeutic LSD use under doctor supervision. He was sued, but made a compromise and instead agreed to an autobiography written by journalist Hyams that was published into three articles in the Ladies Home Journal. In 1960 he produced a flop called “The Grass is Greener”, but followed it up with a box office hit titled “That Touch of Mink” (1962). His final great film was “Charade” (1963) with Audrey Hepburn, a close second being “Father Goose” (1964) a year later. In 1966, his last ever picture was released, the commercial success “Walk, Don’t Run”.

Grant decided to retire after his involvement in the latter, for he had a baby on the way and wanted to focus his undivided attention on his family. His legacy did not die with the end of his career though. In 1970, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences finally presented the actor with an Oscar – the Honorary Oscar – which is only bestowed to the most illustrious stars. He later joined various organizations like the World Wildlife Fund, Western Airlines, and MGM to name a few. During the 1980's, Grant traveled through the United States with a one-man act called “An Evening with Grant”.

In October of 1984 he suffered from a stroke. Two years later, on November 29, 1986, while on tour in Davenport, Iowa with his one-man show, Grant underwent a cerebral hemorrhage. He died that night, but his memory lives on. The actor has a star for Motion Pictures on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As well, in 1999 he was ranked second on the American Film Institute’s “100 Greatest Film Stars”, in 2001 a statue of the man was displayed in Millenium Square in his hometown of Bristol, England, and in 2004, Premiere Magazine gave him the title of “The Greatest Movie Star of All Time”, which he arguably is.

  
Filmography

1966     Walk Don't Run
1964     Father Goose
1963     Charade
1962     That Touch of Mink
1960     The Grass Is Greener
1959     Operation Petticoat
1959     North by Northwest
1958     Houseboat
1958     Indiscreet
1957     Kiss Them for Me
1957     The Pride and the Passion
1957     An Affair to Remember
1955     To Catch a Thief
1953     Dream Wife
1952     Monkey Business
1952     Room for One More
1951     People Will Talk
1950     Crisis
1949     I Was a Male War Bride
1948     Every Girl Should Be Married
1948     Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
1947     The Bishop's Wife
1947     The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
1946     Notorious
1946     Night and Day
1944     None But the Lonely Heart
1944     Arsenic and Old Lace
1944     Once Upon a Time
1943     Destination Tokyo
1943     Mr. Lucky
1942     Once Upon a Honeymoon
1942     The Talk of the Town
1941     Suspicion
1941     Penny Serenade
1940     The Philadelphia Story
1940     The Howards of Virginia
1940     My Favorite Wife
1940     His Girl Friday
1939     In Name Only
1939     Only Angels Have Wings
1939     Gunga Din
1938     Holiday
1938     Bringing Up Baby
1937     The Awful Truth
1937     The Toast of New York
1937     Topper
1937     When You're in Love
1936     Wedding Present
1936     Romance and Riches
1936     Fashions in Love
1936     Suzy
1936     Big Brown Eyes
1935     Sylvia Scarlett
1935     The Last Outpost
1935     Wings in the Dark
1935     Enter Madame
1934     Ladies Should Listen
1934     Kiss and Make-Up
1934     Born to Be Bad
1934     Thirty Day Princess
1933     Alice in Wonderland
1933     I'm No Angel
1933     Gambling Ship
1933     The Eagle and the Hawk
1933     The Woman Accused
1933     She Done Him Wrong
1932     Madame Butterfly
1932     Hot Saturday
1932     Blonde Venus
1932     Devil and the Deep
1932     Merrily We Go to Hell
1932     Singapore Sue 
1932     Sinners in the Sun
1932     This Is the Night   





Matinee Classics - Charade starring Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, James Coburn, George Kennedy, Dominique Minot, Ned Glass, Jacques Marin, Paul Bonifas and Thomas Chelimsky
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Matinee Classics - Charade starring Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, James Coburn, George Kennedy, Dominique Minot, Ned Glass, Jacques Marin, Paul Bonifas and Thomas Chelimsky
Matinee Classics - Charade starring Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, James Coburn, George Kennedy, Dominique Minot, Ned Glass, Jacques Marin, Paul Bonifas and Thomas Chelimsky
Matinee Classics - Archibald Alexander Leach, better known as Cary Grant
Matinee Classics - Blonde Venus starring Marlene Dietrich, Herbert Marshall, Cary Grant, Dickie Moore, Robert Emmett O'Connor and Sidney Toler
Matinee Classics - The Pride and the Passion starring Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Sophia Loren, Theodore Bikel, John Wengraf, Jay Novello, Jose Nieto and Philip Van Zandt
Matinee Classics - His Girl Friday starring Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Alma Kruger, Gene Lockhart, Clarence Kolb, Abner Biberman, John Qualen, Helen Mack, Porter Hall, Ernest Truex, Cliff Edwards, Roscoe Karns, Frank Jenks, Regis Toomey, Frank Orth, Billy Gilbert, Pat West and Edwin Maxwell
Matinee Classics - His Girl Friday starring Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Alma Kruger, Gene Lockhart, Clarence Kolb, Abner Biberman, John Qualen, Helen Mack, Porter Hall, Ernest Truex, Cliff Edwards, Roscoe Karns, Frank Jenks, Regis Toomey, Frank Orth, Billy Gilbert, Pat West and Edwin Maxwell
Matinee Classics - Monkey Business starring Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Charles Coburn, Marilyn Monroe, Hugh Marlowe, Henri Letondal, Robert Cornthwaite, Larry Keating, Douglas Spencer, Esther Dale and George Winslow


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