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Cary absolutely adored Grace Kelly and was a devoted friend for the rest Co- star in “Dream Wife”, “An Affair to Remember”, and “The Grass is. A RARE collection of letters by Grace Kelly, never before made public, are including Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, Bing Crosby and David Niven. And now, a heartwarming story that harkens back to Old Hollywood days, about Grace Kelly and one of her last co-stars, Cary Grant. In a new.
Within 48 hours of the year-old actor's death on November 29th from a massive stroke in Davenport, Iowa, his remains had been flown to California and cremated. No funeral, no memorial service: That's how Grant wanted it. Outside of his illustrious movie career, spanning 72 films, Grant shunned the spotlight, seldom giving interviews.
Born Archibald Leach in Bristol, England, inGrant came to the United States in his early teens as a performer in a traveling acrobatic troupe. His talents led him to the Broadway stage, where he performed in musicals. A movie contract with MGM soon followed. To many critics, the debonair Grant was the greatest comedian in the history of cinema.
In these films, he costarred with many of Hollywood's leading ladies: He enjoyed his privacy, but his marriages -- to Virginia Cherrill, Barbara Hutton, Betsy Drake, Dyan Cannon and Barbara Harris -- and his four divorces, brought him unwanted and unflattering publicity. In spite of such controversies, the public always loved Cary Grant.
This interview with Mr. Grant was done four months before his death.
The Romances of Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco.
He did the interview in connection with a film tribute in his honor at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. This is one of the last public conversations with a legend. What was your earliest ambition? I don't know, just to keep breathing in and out, I guess. I had no definite ambition. One has to go through one's education before forming thoughts about what one wants to do. Unless you've got some mad ideas about being a fireman or a great boxer or a football player.
But I had none of those. I had no ambition toward acting. I understand that as a boy you dreamed of traveling on the high seas. Did you want to be a sailor? I had an ambition to travel. I was born in a city -- Bristol -- from which there was a great deal of travel. It was a very old city, and in those days the ships came and left all the time from the port.
I was constantly interested in what was going on down there and in those ships that took people all over the world. How did you get started in acting? Because of my wish to travel, I joined a small troupe of ground acrobats. I first came to New York with the troupe. When the troupe went back to England, I remained here.
I liked this country very much, and gradually I got into musicals. In those days, a musical generally only lasted a year, so there weren't very many. But I was in musicals before I came to film. Young people who weren't even born when you made your last film are now discovering you in your classics. What do you think about that? I think they have a long life ahead of them. They will make their own choices. I hope for the best for the coming generation, but it doesn't seem to promise too much.
But in every century people complain how the world is going. I don't know what the young people think or do; I only hear the emanation of their thoughts -- rock groups and similar noises.
But if that's what makes them happy, fine -- as long as they don't do it next to me.
Grace Kelly’s Fabled Romances – The Motion Pictures
How do you see yourself? How can I see myself? We are what we are in the opinion of others. There was never any possibility of an off-screen romance with Alec Guinness her co-star. Unlike John Gielgud seven years later, Alec was smart enough to give police a false name Arthur Pocket and avoided exposure to the public. Exposure would have devastated this gentlest of men. Was his wife of 62 years ever aware of all this? I do not know. She had no choice in the matter. The people of Monaco would never accept their princess appearing on screen in any capacity other than as their sovereign.
Neither would the prince. He was also a good friend of Prince Rainier, according to Jacobs. Did Frank date beautiful women and strike out with them? Not often, is my guess. One thing is certain, however. Indeed, he married Grace convinced she was a virgin. When his medical people discovered her hymen was broken, she lied and said it was the result of a hockey accident at school! Spencer Tracy is believed to have had a fling with her and both the former Shah of Iran and Prince Aly Khan slept with her in her modelling days.
So did agent Gene Lyons and she was engaged to Oleg Cassini for a while. In she was briefly involved with French star Jean-Pierre Aumont and, even as late asshe was secretly seeing Austrian director Roger Dornhelm.
He left her in the living room and when he came back she was naked.
- Grace: Her lust for love
As she worked her way through television and theatre roles she was equally diligent in her pursuit of her co-stars. During the four-week shoot she had affairs simultaneously with Cooper, who was 28 years her senior and in a relationship with Patricia Nealand director Fred Zinnemann, who was also married and more than 20 years older.
When those affairs fizzled out she moved on to Clark Gable.
Grace Kelly’s Fabled Romances
It was only when Grace came up against the womanising Gable that she realised she had almost met her match. Ava Gardner had warned Grace off Gable, but Grace was not to be deterred. When Gable realised he had no chance with Ava, he turned his attention to a delighted Grace.
After three months, however, the affair was, for Gable, over. Unable to fully grasp that she and Clark had merely had a location romance, Grace laid siege to him with such ferocious determination Gable had to move hotels to avoid her and post a guard outside his suite. Despite the rejection she moved on.
Grace may not have believed in sexual fidelity, but she did believe in love. She fell in love extremely easily, always had, always would.