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Horfield, Bristol, England, UK
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Davenport, Iowa, USA
Cause of Death
Anglican / Episcopalian
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Father Goose (1964).
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Once told by an interviewer, "Everybody would like to be Cary Grant," Grant is said to have replied, "So would I." His early years in Bristol, England, would have been an ordinary lower-middle-class childhood except for one extraordinary event. At age nine, he came home from school one day and was told his mother had gone off to a seaside resort. The real truth, however, was that she had been placed in a mental institution, where she would remain for years, and he was never told about it (he never saw his mother again until he was in his late 20s). He left school at 14, lying about his age and forging his father`s signature on a letter to join Bob Pender`s troupe of knockabout comedians. He learned pantomime as well as acrobatics as he toured with the Pender troupe in the English provinces, picked up a Cockney accent in the music halls in London, and then in July 1920, was one of the eight Pender boys selected to go to the US. Their show on Broadway, "Good Times," ran for 456 performances, giving Grant time to acclimatize. He would stay in America. Mae West wanted Grant for She Done Him Wrong (1933) because she saw his combination of virility, sexuality and the aura and bearing of a gentleman. Grant was young enough to begin the new career of fatherhood when he stopped making movies at age 62. One biographer said Grant was alienated by the new realism in the film industry. In the 1950s and early 1960s, he had invented a man-of-the-world persona and a style--"high comedy with polished words." In To Catch a Thief (1955), he and Grace Kelly were allowed to improvise some of the dialogue. They knew what the director, Alfred Hitchcock, wanted to do with a scene, they rehearsed it, put in some clever double entendres that got past the censors, and then the scene was filmed. His biggest box-office success was another Hitchcock 1950s film, North by Northwest (1959) made with Eva Marie Saint since Kelly was by that time Princess of Monaco.
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Archibald Alexander Leach
Ingrid Bergman, Ronald Colman, Katharine Hepburn, Dorothy Di Frasso, Howard Hughes, James Stewart, Douglas Fairbanks Jr, Irene Dunne, Randolph Scott, Reginald Gardiner, Kay Francis, Ann Warner, Fritz Lang, Rosalind Russell, Frederick Brisson, Moss Hart, Lawrence Rockefeller, Jean Howard, Charles Feldman, Ann Sheridan, Marion Marshall, Howard Hawks, Binnie Barnes, Peggy Lee, William Randolph Hearst, Marion Davies, Orry Kelly, Eleanor French, Alexander D'Arcy, Arleen Whelan, Freddie Lonsdale, Gloria Gordon, Leon Gordon, Georgia Spence
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Elsie Maria (née Kingdon) Leach (1877–1973.) (Aged 95 Or 96.)
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Cary Grant (born Archibald Alexander Leach; January 18, 1904 – November 29, 1986) was a British-American actor, known as one of classic Hollywood's definitive leading men. He began a career in Hollywood in the early 1930s, and became known for his transatlantic accent, debonair demeanor, and light-hearted approach to acting and sense of comic timing. He became an American citizen in 1942.
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Bishop Road Primary School, Bristol, England, United Kingdom., Fairfield Grammar School, Bristol, England, United Kingdom. (Expelled In 1918.)
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