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Cary Grant & Randolph Scott

andrew potter
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.

Further Readings:

Cary Grant by Graham McCann
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Columbia University Press (March 15, 1998)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0231108850
ISBN-13: 978-0231108850
Amazon: Cary Grant

More than a biography, this is a savvy portrait of how Archie Leach, born to a poor working-class family in Bristol, England became Cary Grant, one of Hollywood's most irresistible and admired celebrities of all time.

Hollywood Gays: Conversations With: Cary Grant, Liberace, Tony Perkins, Paul Lynde, Cesar Romero, Randolph Scott... by Boze Hadleigh
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Barricade Books; First Edition edition (August 1, 1996)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1569800839
ISBN-13: 978-1569800836
Amazon: Hollywood Gays: Conversations With: Cary Grant, Liberace, Tony Perkins, Paul Lynde, Cesar Romero, Randolph Scott...

Helps blow the cover off the gilded cage. It opens the closet door for a look at, and conversation with, ten gay men of the silver screen.

Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969 by William J. Mann
Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books (October 1, 2002)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0142001147
ISBN-13: 978-0142001141
Amazon: Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969

Whether in or out of the closet, gays and lesbians played an essential role in shaping studio-era Hollywood. Gay actors (J. Warren Kerrigan, Marlene Dietrich, Rock Hudson), gay directors (George Cukor, James Whale, Dorothy Arzner), and gay set and costume designers (Adrian, Travis Banton, George James Hopkins) have been among the most influential individuals in Hollywood history and literally created the Hollywood mystique. This landmark study-based on seven years of exacting research and including unpublished memoirs, personal correspondence, oral histories, and scrapbooks-explores the experience of Hollywood's gays in the context of their times. Ranging from Hollywood's working conditions to the rowdy character of Los Angeles's gay underground, William J. Mann brings long overdue attention to every aspect of this powerful creative force.

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( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 29th, 2012 11:04 am (UTC)
a beautiful couple....
Nov. 29th, 2012 12:08 pm (UTC)
arent those pictures wonderful?
Nov. 29th, 2012 01:22 pm (UTC)
Mmmm, Cary Grant looking so wonderful, and they make a lovely couple. :)
Nov. 29th, 2012 01:39 pm (UTC)
really, really lovely, and they seem happy in those pictures, they are staged but there is intimacy.
Nov. 29th, 2012 01:43 pm (UTC)
I love when the intimacy and the bond is strong enough to shine through even staged photos.
Nov. 29th, 2012 01:58 pm (UTC)
me too.
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.
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 ;-)
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.
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.
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.
Nov. 29th, 2012 02:41 pm (UTC)
Lovely pictures, thanks.
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.
Nov. 29th, 2012 02:52 pm (UTC)
adoro Cary Grant! Sembra sempre perfetto! Bellissime foto che non avevo mai visto!
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...
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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