Cary Grant is the kind of Hollywood actor whose classic movies seem destined to stick around forever.
While he passed away in 1986, Grant’s movies like North by Northwest and To Catch a Thief still thrill audiences around the world. But, behind the scenes, the actor’s life wasn’t as glamorous as you might expect. He famously joked that “everyone wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant.”
We’ve shared stories about Grant’s difficult childhood in England, where the actor assumed he had been abandoned by his mother as a boy. Grant didn’t realize until much he was an adult that she had actually been institutionalized by his father.
As Grant’s fourth wife actress Dyan Cannon and his daughter Jennifer reveal in their tell-all books, those qualities helped drive Grant and Cannon to divorce.
Cannon, who was only 28 when she married the 61-year-old Grant, says she and the movie star “had a great romance in the beginning – loving and fun, a fairy tale in parts – but then he started to change me.”
“My hair, my clothes, my bags, my shoes, he even told me not to act – although I’d wanted to be an actress ever since I was a little girl – and I went along with it all.”
But Grant’s daughter Jennifer says there’s more to the story.