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Dallas Morning News - August 18, 1970

Take It for Granted He'll Cary It Off

by Rose Margaret Harton
(submitted by Barry Martin - Thanks Barry!)

Can Archibald Leach Find True Happiness Away From Hollywood?

Cary Grant, that suave, sophisticated movie star turned businessman, is not only alive and well, but more handsome and appealing than any man has a right to be at 66 years of age.

Grant, in Dallas Monday on a goodwill mission as a member of the board for Faberge, brightened the scene with excitement for the female buyers attending the market for the Gibson stores.

In an interview with the Dallas News he commented that his new career was not too different from his Hollywood days.  "We're all actors.  Acting is just as much merchandising as the cosmetic business or fashion."

Apparently, the glamorous actor brought more to his Faberge connection than a handsome face and personality.  During his movie-making days he developed into a sharp businessman who masterminded his own career, gaining knowledgeable information through research into public opinion and arguing percentages with theater owners.

Has he given up his movie career?  

At the moment there is nothing scheduled, but he intimates the possibility is not a dead issue.  He still receives scripts to pursue and if something turned up in a part to his liking "for a mature actor," another Grant movie just might happen.

For now he seems happy with his way of life, traveling about two-thirds of the year for Faberge which leaves him more fee time, intermittently, to have many cherished visits with his four-and-a-half year old daughter Jennifer.

One such opportunity kept him at his Beverly Hills home last weekend with Jennifer who, he says in typically proud parent fashion, is "a darling and a great friend.  We have a good time together."

What is his advise on perfume?  "Don't use anything to excess.  We (Faberge) have light fragrances which don't offend if used lightly."  His preference in the men's line is Brut.  "Many women wear this, too.  And why not.  I believe in unity of fragrances as well as other things."

What does he think of the current movie trend in sex and nudity?  "It doesn't impress me.  I've been married four times, you know."

Grant believes audiences dictate future trends. If they don't like the sex-oriented shows, they will go to see something like 'Sound of Music' - which they did indeed.  I have great faith in public opinion."

Contemporary fashion, too, he thinks will be dictated by public opinion and there will be many looks of individual preference.  "What is fashion, anyway, but a manifestation of what goes on in the head of the wearer."

Whatever hemline length anyone wants to wear is fine with Cary, but he thinks something longer than the micro-mini is prettier and more subtle.

In new men's fashion Grant is a middle-of-the-roader.  Always impeccable dressed, he was attired at the interview in a gray suit with medium wide lapels (no change for him according to Cary), a gray striped shirt and corded silk gray tie.

Cary was born in Bristol, England.  His late father was a clothing manufacturer.  His mother, who is a spry 93-year-old woman who takes a walk every day, still lives in Bristol and he visits her often.  "More and more I like going back home."

Grant was born in Bristol as Archibald Alexander Leach.  He ran away from boarding school at age 16, joined an acrobatic troup and came to the states to perform with the troup at the New York Hippodrome.

His now legal name, Cary Grant, came about when he joined the Hollywood movie scene.  It was in the days of short names such as Clark Gable and George Brent.  He chose Cary Lockwood which was the name of a character he once played on Broadway.  Lockwood had to go since another actor had that name.  From a list of short names, Grant was picked as a last name by the actor closing his eyes and sticking a pin in the list.  

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