Cary Grant

British-American actor (1904-1986)

Cary Grant (18 January 190429 November 1986), born Archibald Alexander Leach, was an English - American stage and Hollywood film actor who became an American citizen in 1942. With his distinctive Mid-Atlantic accent, he was noted as perhaps the foremost exemplar of the debonair leading man, not only handsome, but also witty and charming. He was named the second Greatest Male Star of All Time of American cinema by the American Film Institute.

Everyone wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant.
I pretended to be somebody I wanted to be until finally I became that person. Or he became me.

QuotesEdit

 
I occupy myself as best I can.
 
It is the law of life that if you are kind to someone you feel happy.  If you are cruel you are unhappy.  And if you hurt someone, you will be hurt back.
 
God is within you, and you can do and have anything you want.  You must love yourself more. … and then … you can love your fellow man.
  • I really am a happy, amusing fellow at heart. Trouble is I seem the only one left.
    • As quoted in "Cary Grant is puzzled because you have No Time for Laughs" by Robert Ottaway in Picturegoer magazine (4 January 1958)
  • Everybody wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant. I have spent the greater part of my life fluctuating between Archie Leach and Cary Grant; unsure of either, suspecting each. I pretended to be somebody I wanted to be until finally I became that person. Or he became me.
    • Quoted in "Cary Grant: A Biography" by Marc Eliot
  • My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can.
    • As quoted in "Quotable Cary" at American Masters (25 May 2005)
  • On The Awful Truth we just clicked. She'd been a weepie star and comedy was strange to her. She'd do a bit and whisper to me, "Funny?" She was the sweetest smelling of my leading ladies and such a lady. If one of the crew cussed, she'd blush. She claims she was out shopping at Bullocks for a present for her husband and the saleslady said, "I don't think Mr. Grant would like that." In the minds of the public, we were married. Reunions became impossible because we both liked first billing. It's ladies first in rowboats but not in movies, I'm afraid. But I still see her at the races and she still smells wonderful, although it's not Fabergé.
    • On Irene Dunne, in a 1980 interview/profile by James Bawden in The Hamilton Spectator; as quoted in Conversations with Classic Film Stars (2016) by Bawden and Ron Miller, p. 123
      • Comment: The Fabergé reference appears to be Grant's winking acknowledgment of the fact that the interview had only come about because the actor, who had been elected to that company's board of directors roughly 12 years earlier, was in town solely to open/promote their new Toronto plant.
  • The film I most cared about was a flop. None But the Lonely Heart was the only time I played a character very near myself, a man unsure of himself, a drifter, a rake.
    • Evidently from the same 1980 James Bawden interview; as quoted in "Cary Grant's Star Never Lost its Glow" by Bawden, Toronto Star (December 1, 1986), p. D1

Love – That’s All Cary Grant Ever Thinks About (1964)Edit

Quotes of Grant from "Love – That’s All Cary Grant Ever Thinks About" by Sheilah Graham Westbrook in Motion Picture (June 1964)
  • I’m prepared. I have a gun and I know how to shoot, and whoever comes calling without an invitation will get it in the rear end.
  • Do not blame others for your own mistakes. … YOU are Mother Nature. You have the power within you to be thin or fat, as you desire. … God is within you, and you can do and have anything you want. You must love yourself more. … and then … you can love your fellow man.
  • Don’t go to extremes. Don’t hate too much and don’t love too much. Try to live somewhere in the middle. Hate destroys the hater. And if you love too much you get too involved and you cannot see too clearly. Love and hate are like night and day. They do exist together and you must accept them both, but you must also understand them and be in control of both emotions. It is peaceful in the middle. You won’t be hurt in the middle.
  • It is the law of life that if you are kind to someone you feel happy. If you are cruel you are unhappy. And if you hurt someone, you will be hurt back.
  • Anyone can do well … It’s all out there waiting for you to take. But first you must reach out and get it. You must work for your riches. You cannot expect it to fall into your lap.
  • You must learn to live within yourself … You must establish the values by which you live. You must first recognize the need, and if it is right you will be amazed at how things will open up.
  • When I’m married I want to be single, and when I’m single I want to be married.
  • I never dwell on past mistakes… There is too much to plan for the future to waste time complaining.  Elsie Mendl was a great friend of mine for many, many years. And I remember the creed by which she lived: Never complain, never explain. Just think of the people you know who are always explaining their mistakes. It merely rubs the whole thing in. You’re reminded again of the mistake. And no one believes the explanation anyway.
  • I used to hide behind the façade that was Cary Grant … I didn’t know if I were Archie Leach, or Cary Grant, and I wasn’t taking any chances. … Another thing I had to cure myself of was the desire for adulation, and the approbation of my fellow man. It started when I was a small boy and played football at school. If I did well they cheered me. If I fumbled I was booed. It became very important to me to be liked. It’s the same in the theater, the applause and the laughter give you courage and the excitement to go on. I thought it was absolutely necessary in order to be happy. Now I know how it can change, just like that. They can be applauding you one moment, and booing you the next. The thing to know is that you have done a good job, then it doesn’t hurt to be criticized. My press agent was very indignant over something written about me not too long ago. “Look,” I told him. “I’ve known this character for many years, and the faults he sees in me are really the faults in himself that he hates.
  • It always amazes me that those who fight for the luxuries of life, are the first to resent those who have them. Also, people seek targets for whatever hurts them, especially their own lack of success. Personally, I regard every knock as a boost.

Quotes about GrantEdit

  • Archie Leach was ever so funny and fast.
    • The Hamilton Spectator, reviewing his 1923 vaudeville act, nearly 10 years prior to being re-named Cary Grant; as quoted in "Cary Grant's Star Never Lost its Glow" by James Bawden, Toronto Star (December 1, 1986), p.  D1
  • I had written him inquiring as to whether he would be interested in narrating children's stories for a record album, and to my great surprise my secretary told me one day that Cary Grant was on the phone. Like Ms. Nelson, I couldn't believe it, but when I picked up the phone and heard his voice, I had no doubt it was Mr. Grant himself. He apologized about not being able to do the record album, as he was too busy, but that he was really flattered that I had thought of him for such a project. [...] He may have been one of the world's great personalities, but he stayed on the phone with me for at least half an hour, although I, realizing how busy he must have been, tried to make the conversation as brief as possible, but he was such a friendly individual and nice person that he seemed to enjoy chatting, and not rushing a conversation. Cary Grant is certainly someone I wish I had had the opportunity to know and call a friend.

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