Never without a witty response, the Hollywood legend once famously said “Everyone wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant.” An American icon, Cary Grant was born Archibald Leach to a poor British family in Bristol, and knew better than anyone the difference between his real life and his debonair on-screen persona.
The Cary Grant most of us knew was a man women loved and men admired, who knew how to wear a suit better than anyone then or since. And though he was as handsome as his contemporaries Clarke Gable and Gary Cooper, it was his sense of style and confidence, that set him apart. One hundred years after his birth, a look back at one of Hollywood’s greatest actors.
David Thomson, film critic and editor of “The New Biographical Dictionary of Film.”;
Jeanine Basinger, Chair of the Film Studies Department at Wesleyan University;