Cary Grant's daughter is keen to uncover the truth about the late movie star's mysterious past, including his sexuality.
For years, it has been speculated that the Hollywood actor was having an affair with a man.
He was married five times, but four of them ended in divorce. In 1966, his only child, Dyan Cannon, was born to his wife #4.
The leading man died in 1986 at the age of 82.
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“probably, [misconception about my father] The question that comes to mind is: Was he straight? Was he gay? '' Jennifer Grant told FOX News Digital.
“When I wrote the book [in 2011]”I received hate mail saying, 'Why don't you stand up for the fact that your father was gay?'” the 57-year-old said. . If he was gay, I definitely would have supported it. He has gay friends and is not ashamed of it at all.
“But I had to tell the truth, which is that I had seen very straight men who were observing women and were married to women,” the actress added. “Did he have an affair early in his life? Probably. I don't know. I wasn't there to see it. So I don't think it's a common misconception, but I'm sure It's definitely a rumor.”
Jennifer is an executive producer on Britbox's limited series Archie, which tells the story of how a former acrobat turned self-trained British actor became one of the top stars of Hollywood's Golden Age. I will explore. The scripted show also touches on his turbulent childhood. Jennifer said that during his childhood, his famous father rarely mentioned his parents.
“I think his biggest obstacle was starting a family,” Jennifer explained. “I think he really didn't want to be involved in it. He was in a lot of trouble. His mother was taken away from him. His father was an abusive alcoholic. And I think he just didn't want to touch it.'' It was – having a child. And when he did, I think he was freed, not because it was me, but just the act of being a father. He overcame it.
“I think when we do the things that are hardest for us, we free ourselves.”
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Grant, real name Archibald “Arch” Alexander Leach, was just 11 years old when his father admitted him to an asylum, telling him his mother had died. Penniless, Grant found solace on stage and eventually joined the Tumblers troupe. He then moved to America and worked in vaudeville.
Grant's dashing looks earned him attention from Hollywood. In 1932, the year he turned 28, he appeared in his first feature film under his new name. Just as his film career was blossoming, Grant learned from his father that his mother wasn't dead after all. Grant moved her to civilian accommodation, but she remained mentally fragile.
Despite having affairs with numerous women, Grant chased them away before they left him. He turned to therapy and his LSD in the late '50s to deal with his childhood trauma.
At the age of 62, Grant became a father for the first time.
“I think that's why he retired,” Jennifer said. “Obviously he was great as an actor. He was a great actor and he gave everything to his career. And when he decided to become a father, he kind of took that hat off and put on the parent hat. But it never happened.'' He just gave of himself. [parenthood].But I think that's part of it. [was] Afraid of doing something poorly and messing it up in some way.
“I'm here to say he didn't,” Jennifer smiled. “He did a great job.”
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According to Jennifer, Grant was willing to give up his decades-long Hollywood career to immerse himself in his biggest role yet: fatherhood. After her parents divorced when she was a baby, Jennifer lived primarily with Grant until his death.
Although Grant wasn't a mother when it came to her own childhood, she was happy to introduce her daughter to her roots.
“My dad was very proud to be British,” Jennifer said. “We were watching the British comedies The Goonies, Monty Python and Benny Hill at home.”
Jennifer was also able to meet her grandmother Elsie.
“I think it's a common misconception. [was] I thought she might have gone crazy somehow, but she never was. “She had lost her son. … Her husband had a second family and didn't want anything to do with her. … He could just go into an institution and give her a lifetime contract. That's part of why I wanted to tell this story and shed some light on it. My grandmother Elsie lost her life.
“I used to have dreams that I was on a ship, and I went on board, and then I realized I wouldn't see my kids for months,” Jennifer continued. “I can't get off the ship. And I realized during filming that it was Elsie's fault. … Elise was taken away one day. She also can't see her children for 30 years. So her whole life as a mother was taken away from her.
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“And to be honest, that's what I kept thinking. [while filming]. I thought, “I can tell Elsie's story.'' What happened to her, how it affected her father, how a man agreeing to let go of a woman's life affected that man's son. I can tell you how it destroyed my relationships with other women. ”
Jennifer's mother was over 30 years younger. Her marriage lasted from 1965 to 1968. The 86-year-old Oscar-nominated actress also served as an executive producer on “Archie.”
Jennifer said it was “therapeutic” to watch her parents' love story unfold on screen.
“That was something I was not made aware of,” she said. “Their relationship sadly fell apart, but I can understand why. They were two completely different people. My mother was just a free-spirited person who said whatever she thought. He's a fun guy. My dad was a very reserved, quiet, private person. “I understand why they were drawn to each other, but living together every day? That didn't happen. It was lovely to see their romance.”
When her mother asked how she felt about her ex-boyfriend now, Jennifer replied, “I think love is back.”
“Time will tell long enough,” she said. “So I think she's back in that loving space with him.”
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Jennifer was 20 years old when she lost her father. Even now, her memories with the actor remain vivid.
”[I remember] “My dad took me to an Elton John concert at Dodger Stadium. The bump, or dance, was popular at the time. And I taught him how to do the bump. So I was doing The Bump in the owner's box at Dodger Stadium. He was a goofball, and I was happy to enjoy his later years with him.
“I think the fact that he created himself is a miracle,” she said. “He was a very thoughtful, kind person. If he did something unkind, I would lose sleep. He was a gentleman through and through. … What I want people to understand is that we… I think that means we can create ourselves. We can create.'' …We don't have to walk on water to be great. ”
“Archie” is available to stream on BritBox. The Associated Press contributed to this report.