In 1980, Chevy Chase, in a TV interview, joked about Cary Grant being gay ('Oh, what a gal!')
Cary Grant, whose original name was Archibald Leach, was born in 1904, near Bristol in England.
Cary Grant's mother, Elsie, was Jewish. (The religion of Cary Grant, actor)
In the early 1920s, Cary Grant was in the Bob Pender stage troupe and they took him to the USA.
In the USA, Cary Grant acted at one time as a male escort, for socialites. (Gay For Today: Cary Grant)
In 1931 Cary Grant arrived in Hollywood.In 1932 Cary Grant met Randolph Scott, and the two shared a rented beach house in Santa Monica for twelve years. Rumours had it that Grant and Scott were gay lovers.
Cary Grant also lived for a time with gay Australian artist Jack Kelly, a set designer professionally known as Orry-Kelly.
Authors Marc Elliot, Charles Higham and Roy Moseley believe that Grant was bisexual.
Higham and Moseley claim that Grant and Scott were seen kissing in a public car park in the 1960s. (Gay For Today: Cary Grant )
In the book Hollywood Gays, Boze Hadleigh quotes homosexual director George Cukor, as saying about the alleged gay relationship between Randolph Scott and cary Grant: 'Randolph will admit it – to a friend.'
Screenwriter Arthur Laurents said Grant was 'at best bisexual'. (Gay For Today: Cary Grant)
William J. Mann wrote Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969. Mann relates how 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'. ( Gay For Today: Cary Grant )
In Darwin Porter's book, Brando Unzipped (2006) it is reported that Grant had a gay affair with the bisexual Marlon Brando. (Gay For Today: Cary Grant)
Cary Grant's gay friends included Cukor, William Haines, and Australian artist and costume designer Orry-Kelly.
Grant's first wife was actress Virginia Cherrill. They married in 1934, and divorced in 1935.
Cary Grant was the first person in a film to use the word 'gay' as meaning homosexual.
This was when Grant starred in In Bringing Up Baby (1938).
In one scene, Grant appears in a frilly pink dressing gown and says "I just went gay all of a sudden."
Grant wore women's clothes in the film I Was a Male War Bride (1949). (Cary Grant)