Candids: The Hollywood Years

CandidsCary Grant loved to be seen in person. He socialized a great deal during the Hollywood years, particularly with his wives, and attended many parties and social events. He had many friends in Hollywood, such as Howard Hughes, David Niven, Rosalind Russell, Ingrid Bergman, Alfred Hitchcock, Princess Grace and Howard Hawks. In his later years, he loved to see the effect his youthful appearance had on people when they encountered him.


caricaturesCary Grant's persona was a very popular subject for caricaturists and artists of the day. Here is a small selection of such works.


caricaturesIn his 35 year film career, the public was smitten with Cary Grant's charisma and was always interested in reading about him. Grant appeared on the covers of many leading magazines, from fan magazines in the 1930s and 40s to Look Magazine and Paris Match in the 1960s and 70s.


caricaturesCary Grant didn't appear in too many commercial endorsements for products. It could be that he didn't care too much for them. But he did endorse his name and face once in awhile. Here are a few samples of ads during his film career.


caricaturesCary Grant died on Saturday November 29, 1986 of a massive stroke at St. Luke's Hospital in Davenport, Iowa. Barbara Harris was at his side. He was 82. He had been rehearsing for his one-man show, "A Conversation With Cary Grant," in Davenport when he suddenly took gravely ill. His passing made front page headlines around the world. There was no funeral or memorial service according to his wishes; his body was immediately cremated. Barbara kept the ashes. His $80 million estate was divided between his daughter, Jennifer, and his wife Barbara. Today in Bristol, England, one can find several memorial plaques where he lived as well as a Cary Grant statue in memory to this famous native of Bristol.

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