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Cary Grant & Randolph Scott

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Cary Grant (January 18, 1904 – November 29, 1986), born Archibald Leach, is consistently at the top of lists of the greatest movies stars of all time.

Grant was bisexual, and was married five times, but he was regarded as a gay man by Hollywood insiders throughout his career.

He and actor Randolph SCOTT lived as a gay couple in Hollywood for many years. Their relationship scandalized Hollywood in the 1930s, and it continued through several of their marriages to women. In his book, Cary Grant: Grant's Secret Sixth Marriage (2004), Marc Eliot claims Grant had a sexual relationship with Scott after they met on the set of Hot Saturday (1932). A series of publicity photographs taken in 1933 of the two actors in their home and on the beach fanned the rumors, along with Scott's decision to continue living with Grant, even after Grant's bride, actress Virginia Cherrill, moved in with them. In Hollywood Gays (1996), Boze Hadleigh cites homosexual director George Cukor who said about the homosexual relationship between the two: "Oh, Cary won't talk about it. At most, he'll say they did some wonderful pictures together. But Randolph will admit it – to a friend." According to William J. Mann's book, Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910–1969, photographer Jerome Zerbe spent "three gay months" in the movie colony taking many photographs of Grant and Scott, "attesting to their involvement in the gay scene." In 1944 Scott and Grant stopped living together but remained close friends throughout their lives.


Cary Grant was an English actor who became an American citizen in 1942. Randolph Scott was an American film actor whose career spanned from 1928 to 1962. They met in 1932 when they were cast together in Hot Saturday. They lived together for many many years in Los Angeles. Toward the end of their lives, Scott and Grant were often seen together, on one occasion holding hands late at night in the Polo Lounge, alone except for the waiters. Scott died little more than 3 months after Grant.













































In his even wilder days as a new arrival from England, Grant had shared a Manhattan apartment with Aussie designer ORRY-KELLY. Their parties were notorious among gay society at the time.

Grant also had a sexual liaison with then-twenty-nine-year-old Howard HUGHES. Grant and Hughes remained close for many years, even as Hughes drifted into insanity and became a recluse.

Grant was the first actor to use the word “gay” to refer to homosexuality in a Hollywood film (Bringing Up Baby in 1938)—while in drag, no less.

Grant’s longtime personal secretary, Frank Horn, was rumored to possess Hollywood’s largest collection of gay erotica.

In 1970 Grant was awarded an honorary Oscar. In his later years, Grant retired from acting to travel the world, selling a line of perfumes and colognes.

Stern, Keith (2009-09-01). Queers in History: The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Historical Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals (Kindle Locations 5564-5576). Perseus Books Group. Kindle Edition.

Randolph Scott (January 23, 1898 – March 2, 1987) was an American film actor whose career spanned from 1928 to 1962. As a leading man for all but the first three years of his cinematic career, Scott appeared in a variety of genres, including social dramas, crime dramas, comedies, musicals (albeit in non-singing and non-dancing roles), adventure tales, war films, and even a few horror and fantasy films. However, his most enduring image is that of the tall-in-the-saddle Western hero. Out of his more than 100 film appearances more than 60 were in Westerns; thus, "of all the major stars whose name was associated with the Western, Scott most closely identified with it."

Scott met Howard Hughes on a golf course, and they became lovers for a time. Scott and Cary Grant lived together as a gay couple for a number of years and remained close ever afterward. Toward the end of their lives, Scott and Grant were often seen together, on one occasion holding hands late at night in the Polo Lounge, alone except for the waiters.

Scott's more than 30 years as a motion picture actor resulted in his working with many acclaimed screen directors, including Henry King, Rouben Mamoulian, Michael Curtiz, John Cromwell, King Vidor, Alan Dwan, Fritz Lang, and Sam Peckinpah. He also worked on multiple occasions with prominent directors: Henry Hathaway (eight times), Ray Enright (seven), Edwin R. Marin (seven), André de Toth (six), and most notably, his seven film collaborations with Budd Boetticher.

Scott also worked with a diverse array of cinematic leading ladies, from Shirley Temple and Irene Dunne to Mae West and Marlene Dietrich. He also appeared with Gene Tierney, Ann Sheridan, Maureen O'Hara, Nancy Carroll, Donna Reed, Gail Russell, Margaret Sullavan, Virginia Mayo, Bebe Daniels, Carole Lombard, and Joan Bennett.

Tall (6 ft 2.5 in; 189 cm), lanky, and handsome, Scott displayed an easygoing charm and courtly Southern drawl in his early films that helped offset his limitations as an actor, where he was frequently found to be stiff or "lumbering". As he matured, however, Scott's acting improved while his features became burnished and leathery, turning him into the ideal "strong, silent" type of stoic hero. The BFI Companion to the Western noted:

In his earlier Westerns ... the Scott persona is debonair, easy-going, graceful, though with the necessary hint of steel. As he matures into his fifties his roles change. Increasingly Scott becomes the man who has seen it all, who has suffered pain, loss, and hardship, and who has now achieved (but at what cost?) a stoic calm proof against vicissitude.

During the early 1950s, Scott was a consistent box-office draw. In the annual Motion Picture Herald Top Ten Polls, he ranked 10th in 1950, eighth in 1951, and again 10th in 1952. Scott also appeared in the Quigley's Top Ten Money Makers Poll from 1950 to 1953.

Scott married twice. In 1936 he became the second husband of heiress Marion duPont, daughter of William Du Pont, Sr. and great-granddaughter of Éleuthère Irénée Du Pont de Nemours, the founder of the E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company. Marion had previously married George Somerville, with Scott serving as Best Man at the wedding. Reputedly the couple spent little time together and the marriage ended in divorce three years later. Prior to and between his first and second marriages Scott was romantically linked with several prominent film actresses, including Lupe Vélez, Sally Blane, Claire Trevor, and Dorothy Lamour. In 1944 Scott married Patricia Stillman, with whom he adopted two children. The marriage lasted until Scott's death in 1987.

Although Scott achieved fame as a motion picture actor, he managed to keep a fairly low profile with his private life. Off-screen he was good friends with Fred Astaire and Cary Grant. He met Grant on the set of Hot Saturday (1932) where they share only one scene together and shortly afterwards they began rooming together in a beach house in Malibu that became known as "Bachelor Hall." According to biographer Robert Nott, "They lived together on and off for about ten years, because they were friends and wanted to save on living expenses (they were both considered to be notorious tightwads)."

In his book, Cary Grant: Grant's Secret Sixth Marriage (2004), Marc Eliot claims Grant had a sexual relationship with Scott after they met on the set of Hot Saturday (1932). He also claimed that while they may have saved money by rooming together, they also lost career opportunities after Paramount decided not to pair them together in the film Spawn of the North because of the rumors regarding the duo's sexual orientation. They didn't work together until the hit film My Favorite Wife (1940), at which time, Eliot claimed Grant used his clout and star power to get Scott cast in a supporting role in the film. A series of publicity photographs taken in 1933 of the two actors in their home and on the beach fanned the rumors, along with Scott's decision to continue living with Grant, even after Grant's bride, actress Virginia Cherrill, moved in with them. In Hollywood Gays (1996), Boze Hadleigh, author of numerous books purporting to "out" the sexual orientation of celebrities, makes various claims for Scott's homosexuality. He cites homosexual director George Cukor who said about the homosexual relationship between the two: "Oh, Cary won't talk about it. At most, he'll say they did some wonderful pictures together. But Randolph will admit it – to a friend." There is considerable disagreement over the veracity of Hadleigh's claims about alleged homosexuals in Hollywood. According to William J. Mann's book, Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910–1969, photographer Jerome Zerbe spent "three gay months" in the movie colony taking many photographs of Grant and Scott, "attesting to their involvement in the gay scene." In 1995, Richard Blackwell published his autobiography From Rags to Bitches, where he declared he was a lover of both Grant and Scott. In 2012, Scotty Bowers wrote a memoir "Full Service," where he also claimed that he was a lover of both Grant and Scott.

In 1944 Scott and Grant stopped living together but remained close friends throughout their lives. Grant's insistence that he had "nothing against gays, I'm just not one myself", is treated at length in Peter Bogdanovich's book of essays about actors, Who the Hell's in It. Scott's adopted son, Christopher, also challenged the rumors. Following Scott's death, Christopher wrote a book entitled, Whatever Happened to Randolph Scott?, in which he rebuts rumors of his father's alleged homosexuality. Budd Boetticher, the director most often linked with Scott's work, had this to say about the rumors: "Bullshit."

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randolph_Scott

Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
Amazon: Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time

Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher


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tizi17
Nov. 29th, 2012 11:04 am (UTC)
a beautiful couple....
elisa_rolle
Nov. 29th, 2012 12:08 pm (UTC)
arent those pictures wonderful?
luscious_words
Nov. 29th, 2012 01:22 pm (UTC)
Mmmm, Cary Grant looking so wonderful, and they make a lovely couple. :)
elisa_rolle
Nov. 29th, 2012 01:39 pm (UTC)
really, really lovely, and they seem happy in those pictures, they are staged but there is intimacy.
luscious_words
Nov. 29th, 2012 01:43 pm (UTC)
I love when the intimacy and the bond is strong enough to shine through even staged photos.
elisa_rolle
Nov. 29th, 2012 01:58 pm (UTC)
me too.
luscious_words
Nov. 29th, 2012 02:01 pm (UTC)
Have you seen his first movie, This is the Night? If you haven't and can locate it, I think you would enjoy it. Although he's not the main star, he really shines, and there are also some fabulous comedic moments between Charles Ruggles and Roland Young.
elisa_rolle
Nov. 29th, 2012 02:08 pm (UTC)
I pretty much saw everything when I was really, really young, I need to go back and build my collection in DVD now ;-)
luscious_words
Nov. 29th, 2012 02:11 pm (UTC)
Last summer, Turner Classic Movies, had a Cary Grant day during their August series Summer Under the Stars. They aired the movie and I loved it so much, I immediately went to their website to purchase a copy. I have a substantial Cary Grant collection and wanted to be sure I had that one.
elisa_rolle
Nov. 29th, 2012 02:12 pm (UTC)
we have something similar in Italy only that, you cannot buy the movie after that, so if you liked one, you need to cross fingers it's available in DVD somewhere.
luscious_words
Nov. 29th, 2012 02:16 pm (UTC)
So sad that you can't buy the movie afterward. They advertised it here, so I knew I could find it. Most of my Cary Grant movies I've purchased in box sets from Costco. They are fond of having box sets for the holidays. The worst part is buying duplicates in different sets.
grey853
Nov. 29th, 2012 02:41 pm (UTC)
Lovely pictures, thanks.
elisa_rolle
Nov. 29th, 2012 02:52 pm (UTC)
most of them are from a magazini of the time who did an article on Cary and Randolph living together as bachelors... I think the purpose was to entice women to marry them... the result was to shine a big light on how intimate they were.
kika_k
Nov. 29th, 2012 02:52 pm (UTC)
adoro Cary Grant! Sembra sempre perfetto! Bellissime foto che non avevo mai visto!
elisa_rolle
Nov. 29th, 2012 02:53 pm (UTC)
alcune, specialmente quelle in cui i due si guardano teneramente negli occhi, non sono "famose", penso che il giornale puntasse molto su quelle dei due bordo piscina...
kika_k
Nov. 29th, 2012 03:12 pm (UTC)
considerando la loro ricerca di 'scandali' di Hollywood'...
cmq. Mi fanno sorridere due foto. Una è quella in cucina metre asciugano i piatti e Randolph Scott ha una parannanza quasi ascellare poi quella in calzoncini bianchi ed il costume sulla spiaggia. Sempre quasi ascellari ma daltronde erano dell'epoca.
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