characteristic of Cary Grant, his secret, is to be a happy man. He
practices his life in the same way as he practices his career: like an art.
He was married 3 times: to Virginia Cherrill, to
Barbara Hutton and then to Betsy Drake. His two first unions did not last
long: one year and three years respectively, but his third marriage seemed to be
much more stable: he lives with Betsy Drake from 1949. It seemed that they get
along together perfectly: when Cary was filming abroad Betsy visited him; and
besides, he was 54 , the age that may be widely considered as reasonable : he
himself mentioned recently that until 35 years the men are idiots but after they
overcome this barrier they begin to become serious. That's why the announcement
that he has divorced from Betsy made an effect of exploded bomb.
though this marriage continued nine years,
Cary spent his life just as he spent
it during his previous marriages. For him the life is never anything else but
one of these light-hearted comedies like those that he
performs so excellently on the screen. He does not take it tragically. When his
existence is menacing to turn into a drama, he changes it.
Besides, his life
with Betsy has begun as a light-hearted comedy. They met during the filming of
"Every Girl Should Be Married", a joyful movie in which Betsy puts her arm on
him and brings him into the entrapment of marriage. Being an elegant bachelor in
real life he proceeded with the humor of the situation until sooner
repeating this scenario in reality, and knowing Cary Grant and
vivacity of his mind one may be sure that an irony of this parallel between fiction and reality certainly had not escaped
from him. Their common existence went on like a light comedy also. Betsy was
intelligent enough for realizing the light climate in which her husband must
live. They lived pleasantly in their place and when they had a wish of changing
an air, they would take their car and left to
best travel moments where those when the people would say to
Cary: "You resemble Cary Grant
terribly". These situations never missed and
Cary was never in a lack of
response: "This is curious, they have already told me before", a joke which
always made Betsy to giggle.
Their common life was
equally terminated like a comedy: there was no drama, no loud cries, no
big sorrows confessed to journalists. Betsy was at the height of the situation
and revealed herself as worthy of her husband for whom the most
essential thing in life is to behave with elegance, with this elegance that
makes him every year one of the ten best dressed men in the world. They simply
made it known that they had separated. That's all.
And they both
started to work again every one in his field. Betsy returned to the television.
They said that she was going to make a long voyage to Europe in order to try to
forget. There is nothing right in these rumors. She works, as if her marriage
was only an interlude: a
happy interlude, a long and beautiful sequence from a light-hearted comedy, from
the movie where all worries and everything tragic should be forbidden. Her
husband can be proud of her.
him, he also works. He stares in Alfred Hitchcock's "North by Northwest”
together with Eva-Marie Saint. This is a thriller which promises to contain a
lot of humor: because if Cary Grant and Hitchcock are somewhere there will
always be a humor: these two Englishmen universalized by
their adoption in
preserved the best qualities of their nation eliminating the failings of insularity. In order to
realize this let us remember for example a thriller which have already resulted
from their collaboration : "To Catch a Thieve" with Grace Kelly.
important scenes of "North by Northwest" take place at the heart of the two
greatest American cities: Chicago
and New York. At the first of
these cities Cary Grant and Eva-Marie Saint were filmed at the impressive
frame of Michigan
Boulevard, at the Midway airport, at
the La Salle Street
station, on the sidewalk of the
famous Ambassador East Hotel. In New
York the stars were filmed at the famous Grand Central
railway station, at the Madison Avenue, which is the largest parallel way to the
Fifth Avenue, on the
Long Island, on the sidewalk in front of Plaza Hotel.
Everywhere the crowds gathered. It was certainly because of Cary Grant. Here the
people not only thought that he "resembles Cary Grant", they knew that he is
succeeded to exchange a couple of words with him. I've asked him about the
project that he is supposed to participate in, filming of "Lolita", the movie
that shows a man of an advanced age falling in love with a twelve year old girl
and seducing her. The novel which describes this strange affair is a subject of
scandal in the Anglo-Saxon countries at the moment.
producers indeed contacted me, responded me Cary Grant, but I refused to
their offer. I don't want to play in that sort of films. The plots like this may
exist in the literature but not on the screen. Besides I would not be able to
get into the skin of that character. Anyway there are some limits that an actor
can not get over.
Really, the maniac
"Lolita" tells about is certainly a creature who sees life in a tragic way. What
character could be stranger to Cary Grant?
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stares at Madison Avenue in New
which extraordinary perspective, at the left,
between the buildings,
provides a precious frame to this film
Hitchcock directs Cary Grant,
more elegant than ever,
at the Grand Central
railway station in New
And this is another railway station, La
Salle Street Station in Chicago,
where he directs Eva-Marie Saint.
At Long Island, Cary Grant poses
for three little who asked to take a picture of him. He feels indignant about
the idea that in a movie he may be demanded to seduce a girl of this age.
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In the impressive surroundings of the Michigan Boulevard, in Chicago,
Cary Grant comes out of the taxi in the sequence from "North by Northwest" which
takes place here. The curious crowd is blocked on the sidewalk. The people
that continue to walk are the characters of the movie.