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Cary Grant’s daughter claims her father ‘enjoyed being called gay’

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  1. Yeah, right. Just teasing. Have you seen that picture of him and Randolph tossing a beach ball poolside?

    1. Tossing what now??!!!

      1. Jock S. Trap 28 Apr 2011, 8:55am

        Oh behave!!

        :)

  2. Randolph Scott was also gay! Eithr Cary Grant was ahead of his time and not homophobic, or he was a classic closet case. The Hollywood studios at the time would make sure that a male actor perceived to be gay would have to have an arranged marriage to put an end to the rumours about one’s sexual orientation towards the same sex. Rock Hudson was just one example. Laurence Olivier had an affair with Danny Kaye, but married twice I believe; Sir Michael Redgrave was another, among many I’m sure.

    1. TheSuburban Bi 27 Apr 2011, 2:52pm

      Olivier was called bi in his lifetime and was referred to as such by those who knew him — there was never any indication that his relations with women were fake, and no one who wrote honestly of him ever denied his relations with men. And from everything I’ve read about secret liaisons and his relationships with women, Grant appears to fit the same mould.

      There really are more than two options, people… honestly, watching how the fact of bisexual men’s existence is always ignored is amazing.

    2. Danny Kaye? Urgh. Ginger AND gay, what are the odds of that?

    3. With the passing of these screen Idols it is interesting how more information about how the studio’s protected their investment in their stars. One of the more recent examples was Rock Hudson who around the time Giant was filmed walked in to a gay establishment at the time much to the amazement of the patrons. Reports of this quickly came to the attention of The Hollywood Reporter and Hedda Hopper a vitriolic columnist of the time.To save Hudson’s career it was stated in his biography -biopic that the studio bartered with the two sources and offered up lesser known B movie stars as compensation to save Hudson’s career. a practice that had existed supposedly to protect other box office legends. Staged PR appearances, arranged convenience marriages, Escorts for for parties were reputed contract conditions to protect stars within the studio system of the day..

  3. George Clooney is our generations Cary Grant, though Clooney keeps well away from any photo opportunities like the one Cary Grant and Randolph Scott participated in. The guy is a walking closet.

  4. Cary Grant enjoyed being called gay – because that is exactly what he was.

    He was not even in the closet until the late 1930’s when the Hays Code was introduced in Hollywood.

    Cary Grant and Randolph Scott lived an openly gay life together.

    1. Ummm, ‘cept did either of them actually admit to it? Its only ‘openly gay’ if they addressed it as such themselves. You can’t be openly gay pre the Hays Code and then expect everyone to become culturally amnesiac post 1930s and ‘forget’ that Cary and Randolph were openly gay.

  5. Grant camps himself silly in a fluffy woman’s negligée in ‘Bringing up Baby’ opposite Katharine Hepburn (1937). My general sense is that loads of Hollywood idols of the ‘Golden Age’ were getting it on with people of their own sex – including Katie Hepburn, who voiced a lot of homophobia later on.

    1. It’s coincidence to find you mention that movie, I was thinking about it as I read both the article and comments. A reference to his line “I just went gay!” (Happy) in this movie amused and struck a chord with homosexuals at the time it was immediately adopted by many and I believe it was the movie Celluloid Closet which says we have Cary Grant to thank for going Gay which has described the lifestyle ever since.

  6. The Lizzie 12 28 Apr 2011, 11:55am

    I am gay and I lived with Cary Grant for 17 years. He was a nice man. Very clean fingernails. I still love him and have all his movies on DVD. My favourite is Gone with the Wind.

    1. I don’t wanna be the first person to poke a hole in the fabric of your story but “Gone with the Wind”?!?!

      1. The Lizzie 12 28 Apr 2011, 2:43pm

        Sorry. I meant to say “my favourite is Sands of Iwo Jima” !!!

        1. Ha! Easy mistake to make I guess…….if Grant were anything like John Wayne. Give my regards to Shergar.

      2. Was Clark Gable gay too then?
        I read anyway that he let William Haines blow him when he was still trying to get into acting.

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