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Cary Grant
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Grant, Cary

Grant (grànt), Cary
British-born American actor who was the epitome of the elegant leading man in films such as The Philadelphia Story (1940) and North by Northwest (1959).

Grant, Cary

Grant, Cary (1904-1986), British-born American motion-picture actor, known for his urbane and debonair manner. He was born Alexander Archibald Leach in Bristol, England. In 1932 he went to Hollywood, California, where he appeared in a long series of romantic and sophisticated comedy motion pictures that established his reputation as one of Hollywood's leading men. One of his well-known films is The Philadelphia Story (1940), with Katharine Hepburn.
Director Alfred Hitchcock starred Grant in several films, including North by Northwest (1959), considered by many to be their greatest collaboration. Grant also worked repeatedly with director Howard Hawks, for whom he made such films as Bringing Up Baby (1938) and Monkey Business (1952).

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Cary Grant was once told, "Every time I see you on the screen, I think, 'I wish I was Cary Grant.'" He  replied, "That's just what I think!" I've been repeating that story ever since I first heard it, and it never fails to amuse audiences, all of whom  seem to understand it internal linkimmediately. Everybody groks that Archie Leach, the poor boy from Liverpool who became "Cary Grant" never fully believed in "Cary Grant," since Cary was, after all, his own invention

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Cary Grant (apparently had a medical condition and was subscribed internal linkLSD)

12/2/97 - 11:46 AM
This internal linkinformation was put up after discussion on the Cary Grant Mailing List brought up the subject. It is not my internal linkintention to offend anyone, and if you prefer to believe that your beloved Cary did not take acid, feel free to do so!

By Charles Higham and Roy Moseley

.....And it was during Houseboat that he began to experiment with lysergic internal linkacid, or LSD. It is possible that Cary may have been aware of LSD as the so-called "Truth Drug" employed by both British and American military intelligence men in order to obtain information from internal linkprisoners. The effect of lysergic acid was to remove inhibitions and to release the unconcious mind; the drug was used in cases of sexual impotence. It had a deeper and more lasting effect than hypnosis, emphasising every aspect of the human mind to an extraordinary degree. The good and bad elements in the psyche were unleashed, in sessions that made the subject see colours and smell scents in a way that was not possible in normal conditions. The internal linkmemory chain was opened up, often with painful consequences.

This was a severe challenge, and on top of it the LSD patient has to deal with marvellous or horrifying hallucinations. Acid, as LSD became popularly known, can cause an individual to walk into his own bathroom and suddenly see violent streaks of colour in the basin, a flushing lavatory like Niagara Falls, a face in a mirror that turns into that of a gila monster, a vision of oneself as a baby or an old, dying human being, a magnificent athlete or a cripple. The patient can become violently hysterical or rigidly catatonic. For some people, the experience of LSD produced nausea, terror and despair. For others it brought exhilaration, visions of transcendent beuty and the confidence to deal with anything. Cary Grant went into LSD treatments to overcome his constant self doubts, his characteristic actor's feeling of unworthiness, of being less than a man, the pain of human relationships and the tormenting memories of his childhood.

He wanted to be the impossible: an average, "normal", uncomplicated human being who could experience simple happiness. But the fairy-godmothers who had bestowed upon him his many gifts exacted the familiar price of depriving him of the very things he wanted most. His actor's egomania would not tolerate such misjudgement on the part of the guardians and kindness, looks, and, more than that, the ability to enjoy day-to-day living without complications and without conflicting thoughts, the ability to relax, the ability to love and be loved, which of course starts with loving oneself. And for all his efforts, for all the rollercoaster rides of acid treatments, there were no signs that his wishes were to be fulfilled.

He underwent carefully guided treatments with two of the leading proselytisers of the new cure-all: Dr. Mortimer Hartmann and internal linkDr. Oscar Janiger. He conferred with Aldous Huxley, one of the self-appointed shamens of mescalin, and he soon encounter the ineffable internal linkTimothy Leary, whose conversion to this use of the drug eventually gained him international notoriety as the idol of millions of students.
Timothy Leary's finger


Leary recalls that Cary had been involved with LSD for five years before Leary became the chief glorifier of the drug. He met Cary through a mutual friend, Virginia Dennison, a student teacher in the Ramakrishna Vedanta group, of which Huxley and Christopher Isherwood were adherents. Miss Dennison had taught Cary yoga. Leary was in San Francisco with his girlfriend, Peggy Hitchcock, and Cary invited the couple to lunch at his office. Leary says: "It was a thrill because it was the first time I'd been in a movie studio. Cary Grant was always my idol. When I was young I modelled myself on him; I'm very pleased, I think I made a wise choice. Cary was eager to meet me."

Later Cary told Leary how he discovered a love for Elsie Leach for the first time because of LSD; the drug enabled him to knit up some ravelled threads of his life. Over the years, Cary saw a good deal of Leary: he was helpful to the younger man, giving him advice on many things, including film making, in which Leary wanted to be involved. He questioned Leary closely when he started a training centre for the use of psychedelic drugs in Mexico, and Cary wanted to visit Leary there, but the Mexican Government closed the centre down. Leary insists:

     The joke of all this is that, in a sense, Cary Grant got me into psychedelic experiences .* I was
     a psychologist, from Havard, when I heard about Cary Grant getting into [LSD]. That struck
     me very much; that attracted my attention. I had been very much against the use of drugs
     before that; I had written books on the subject, because I felt that doctors shooting patients
     up and giving them pills was making them into an assembly-line cure. I knew that the internal linktruth
     drugs were being used by the CIA and the KGB, and that LSD was being used in chemical
     warefare, so I was much against it. Cary Changed my Views. He converted me.
     *It was generally claimed that the reverse was true.

Cary began telling anyone who would listen that he was gaining strength through his treatments; he was finding happiness for the first time in his life. He would turn up on Saturday afternoons ath the offices of Dr. Hartmann and Dr. Arthur Chandler, stretch out on a couch with an eye shield, block his ears with wax, and revisit his past while music was played in the near darkness. He wrote later: "I passed through changing seas of horrifying and happy thoughts, through a montage of internal linkintense love and hate, reassembling, through terrifying depths of dark despair replaced by heaven-like religious symbolism." In another place he would also write:

     I had to forgive my parents for what they didn't know and love them for wha they did pass
     down - how to brush my teeth, how to comb my hair, how to be polite, that sort of thing.
     Things were being discharged. The experience was just like being born for the first time; I
     imagined all the blood and urine and emerged with the first flush of birth. It was absolute
     release. You are still able to feed yourself, of course, drive your car, that kind of thing, but
     you've lost a lot of the tension.

He added that all human beings were "unconciously holding their anuses". In one LSD dream, he
defacated all over the psychiatrists office rug. In another internal linkdream, he became an enormous penis, shooting of from earth like a spaceship. He realised that in his earlier days he had despised himself. Betsy Drake also went on record on LSD. She wrote, "You learn to die under [it]. You face up to all the urges in you - love, sex, jealousy, the wish to kill. Freud is the road-map."

Cary had several further discussions with Timothy Leary. Leary says:

     He took me aside and started pouring out things to me.... The LSD experience is a
     life-changing experience. Today, people are cool, they don't talk about it. But in the sixties,
     with everyone running around, taking off their clothes and saying they'd found God, and
     John Lennon eating LSD like popcorn, people talked about it a lot. Actors are insatiable
     neurotics. Actors depend upon getting love all the time. After all, Cary was the internal linkfocus of a
     hundred million women lusting after him. You couldn't expect him to be like the guy
     next-door; he was carrying the weight and freight of the world's fantasies. LSD helped him
     with his burdens. And he was always charming, professional, courteous, open and helpful. I
     remember he said, referring to his Universal cottage, "What do you think of this bungalow?
     Would it be a good place to have LSD?" I replied, "Well, I always like to have a fireplace
     [during the experience]." He said, "Well, I'm going to call the studio right now and have them
     put a fireplace in." That was typical of him.

Leary comments further upon other reasons why Cary needed LSD:
     All actors are impossibly sensitive and impossibly questioning. If the internal linkphone doesn't ring every minute they're worried nobody loves them anymore. This is not a neurosis that normal people have. I don't mean to say that you can equate this neurosis with the kind of self-questioning
of a man like Cary.

In the midst of meetings with Leary, the internal linkpsychedelic nightmares and happy internal linkdreams, the visions of defaction and masturbation, Cary Grant continued to act out the bland, meaningless humours ofHouseboat...............

12/2/97 - 11:41 AM
cary grant DID take acid!
 I've seen a picture on the web of Cary Grant taking acid. Can this be true?
While the origination of the often-posted acid photo is unknown in its authenticity, Cary
Grant did take acid. Cary Grant's use of  Lysurgic Acid was limited to a psychotherapy program.
Timothy Leery claimed that Grant introduced him to LSD. The complete story of Cary Grant's
internal linkAcid Test is published in an excerpt from the book, "Cary Grant: the Lonely Heart" by Charles Higham & Roy Moseley on the Ultimate Cary Grant Pages.

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Grant was just one of hundreds of citizens in the internal linkLos Angeles region   who participated during the 1950s and early 1960s in   unprecedented academic studies of the then-novel pharmaceutical.

In just a few short years, of course, LSD would become a chemical  taboo, the notorious "hippie internal linkpsychedelic" vilified by the media,  criminalized in every state, classified by the FDA as a Schedule I  drug of no medical value and banned globally by international treaty.   But before most Americans had heard of lysergic acid diethylamide, here in the shadow of the Hollywood Hills students, professionals,  clergymen, writers, artists and celebrities enthusiastically turned on,  tuned in and didn't drop out.
Anais Nin Aldous Huxley

internal linkJaniger's study is also a time capsule back to a unique moment in the cultural history of Southern California. Long before the acid  underground surfaced in San Francisco as the vanguard of the hippie movement, Los Angeles was an intellectual hub for psychedelic  research, and its acid salons drew adventurous celebrities from internal linkAnais Nin to Jack Nicholson, internal linkAldous Huxley to Andre Previn.

Those were heady days . . . in more than one sense. As Cary Grant  rhapsodized about LSD's revolutionary potential that spring morning in Janiger's office, everyone could benefit from a good dosing. "Just a few healthy magnums of LSD in the Beverly Hills reservoir . . ."

          [The doctor] had suggested that I listen to some music while the  drug was still effective. I am a composer and pianist, and I have  never before or since been so strongly affected by music. I  listened to recordings of some Brahms, Mozart and Walton, and  was moved to tears almost immediately . . . I then played the  piano for approximately 40 minutes. I felt that I played  extremely well and possibly with more musical insight than before. I played among other things a Chopin Fantasia which I had not looked at since my student days, and remembered it  perfectly and without flaws. A few days after the experiment I  again attempted to play this piece and found that I had retained  it completely. I would sometime be interested in repeating the experiment and recording some improvisations while under the influence of the pills.
                                       -Andre Previn
- John Whalen - Multidisciplinary Association for internal linkPsychedelic Studies

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Cary Grant

Real name
Archibald Alexander Leach
Date of birth
18 January1904,

Bristol, Gloucestershire, England, UK 
Date of death 
29 November1986,

Davenport, Iowa, USA.
Sometimes Credited As: 
Archibald Leach

Actor filmography
(1960s) (1950s) (1940s) (1930s)

  1. Walk Don't Run (1966) .... Sir William Rutland
  2. Father Goose (1964) .... Walter Eckland
  3. Charade (1963) .... Peter Joshua/Alexander Dyle/Adam Canfield/Brian Cruikshank
  4. That Touch of Mink (1962) .... Philip Shayne
  5. Grass Is internal linkGreener, The (1960) .... Victor Rhyall

  7. North by Northwest (1959) .... Roger Thornhill

  8. ... aka Breathless (1959/II) (USA: working title)
    ... aka In a Northwesterly Direction (1959) (USA: working title)
    ... aka Man in Lincoln's Nose, The (1959) (USA: working title)
  9. Operation Petticoat (1959) .... Commander Matt Sherman
  10. Indiscreet (1958) .... Philip Adams
  11. Houseboat (1958) .... Tom Winston
  12. Pride and the Passion, The (1957) .... Anthony
  13. Affair to Remember, An (1957) .... Nickie Ferrante
  14. Kiss Them for Me (1957) .... Commander Andy Crewson
  15. To Catch a Thief (1955) .... John Robie
  16. internal linkDream Wife (1953) .... Clemson Reade
  17. Room for One More (1952) .... George "Poppy" Rose

  18. ... aka Easy Way, The (1952)
  19. Monkey Business (1952) .... Barnaby Fulton

  20. ... aka Be Your Age (1952)
    ... aka Darling I Am Growing Younger (1952)
  21. People Will Talk (1951) .... Doctor Noah Praetorius
  22. Crisis (1950) .... Dr. Eugene Norland Ferguson

  24. I Was a Male War Bride (1949) .... Captain Henri Rochard

  25. ... aka You Can't Sleep Here (1949)
  26. Every Girl Should Be Married (1948) .... Dr. Madison Brown
  27. Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) .... Jim Blandings
  28. Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, The (internal link1947) .... Richard (Dick) Nugent

  29. ... aka Bachelor Knight (1947)
  30. Bishop's Wife, The (1947) .... Dudley
  31. Without Reservations (1946) (uncredited) .... Himself (cameo)

  32. ... aka Thanks God, I'll Take It From Here (1946)
  33. Night and Day (1946) .... Cole Porter
  34. Notorious (1946) .... T.R. Devlin

  35. ... aka Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious (1946)
  36. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) .... Mortimer Brewster
  37. Once Upon a internal linkTime (1944) .... Jerry Flynn

  38. ... aka My Client Curly (1943) (USA: working title)
  39. None But the Lonely Heart (1944) .... Ernie Mott
  40. Destination Tokyo (1943) .... Captain Cassidy
  41. Mr. Lucky (1943) .... Joe Adams
  42. Talk of the Town, The (1942) .... Leopold Dilg

  43. ... aka Gentleman Misbehaves, The (1942) (USA: working title)
    ... aka Mister Twilight (1942) (USA: working title)
  44. Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942) .... Pat O'Toole
  45. Penny Serenade (1941) .... Roger Adams
  46. Suspicion (1941) .... Johnnie Aysgarth
  47. My Favorite Wife (1940) .... Nick Arden
  48. His Girl Friday (1940) .... Walter Burns
  49. Howards of Virginia, The (1940) .... Matt Howard

  50. ... aka Tree of Liberty, The (1940)
  51. Philadelphia Story, The (1940) .... C. K. Dexter Haven

  53. Only Angels Have Wings (1939) .... Geoff Carter

  54. ... aka Plane No. 4 (1939) (USA: working title)
  55. Gunga Din (1939) .... Archibald Cutter
  56. In Name Only (1939) .... Alec Walker
  57. Bringing Up Baby (1938) .... David Huxley
  58. Holiday (1938) .... Johnny Case

  59. ... aka Free To Live (1938)
    ... aka Unconventional Linda (1938)
  60. _Awful internal linkTruth, The_ (1937) .... Jerry Warriner
  61. Toast of New York, The (1937) .... Nick Boyd
  62. When You're in Love (1937) .... Jimmy Hudson

  63. ... aka For You Alone (1937)
  64. Topper (1937) .... George Kerby
  65. Wedding Present (1936) .... Charlie
  66. Suzy (1936) .... Andre
  67. Big Brown Eyes (1936) .... Danny Barr
  68. Amazing Quest of Ernest Bliss, The (1936) .... Ernest Bliss

  69. ... aka Amazing Adventure (1937) (USA)
    ... aka Amazing Quest, The (1936)
    ... aka Riches and Romance (1936)
    ... aka Romance and Riches (1936)
  70. Wings in the Dark (1935) .... Ken Gordon
  71. Enter Madame (1935) .... Gerald Fitzgerald
  72. Last Outpost, The (1935) .... Michael Andrews
  73. Pirate Party on Catalina Isle (1935) (uncredited) .... Himself (guest star)
  74. Sylvia Scarlett (1935) .... Jimmy Monkley
  75. Ladies Should Listen (1934) .... Julian De Lussac
  76. Kiss and Make Up (1934) .... Dr. Maurice Loman
  77. Born To Be Bad (1934) .... Malcolm Trevor
  78. Thirty Day Princess (1934) .... Porter Madison III
  79. Alice in Wonderland (1933) .... Mock Turtle
  80. I'm No Angel (1933) .... Jack Clayton
  81. Gambling Ship (1933) .... Ace Corbin
  82. Eagle and the Hawk, The (1933) .... Henry Crocker
  83. She Done Him Wrong (1933) .... Captain Cummings
  84. Woman Accused (1933) .... Jeffrey Baxter
  85. This Is the Night (1932) .... Stephen
  86. Blonde Venus (1932) .... Nick Townsend
  87. Devil and the Deep (1932) .... Lieutenant Jaeckel
  88. Hot Saturday (1932) .... Romer Sheffield
  89. Madame internal linkButterfly (1932) .... Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton
  90. Merrily We Go to Hell (1932) .... Charlie Baxter 'DeBrion'
  91. Sinners in the internal linkSun (1932) .... Ridgeway
  92. Singapore Sue (1931) (uncredited) .... First sailor


    Tribute To the Will Rogers Memorial Hospital, A (????) .... Himself

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first mention of Cary Grant in internal linkUsenet:

From: ucbesvax.turner@ucbcad.UUCP (ucbesvax.turner@ucbcad.UUCP)
Subject: Re: Re: Speaking of Casino Royale... - (nf)
Newsgroups: net.movies
Date: 1983-08-04 19:10:00 PST

ucbesvax!turner    Aug  4 05:30:00 1983

Re: David Niven & The Bishop's Wife

Sorry to go on like this...my father was a stunt man of sorts in this film, standing in for Cary Grant in the skating scene (they put some sort of Cary-mask on him, 'cuz he really doesn't look much like Grant).

His comment on Niven was, simply, that he was David Niven, and what more could you say?  Well, so he isn't the most articulate man in the world.

        No More on this, I Promise,
                Michael Turner

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