By Tony Rizzo
Cary Grant starred with every important female in the movies, including Mae West in “She Done Him Wrong” and “I’m No Angel,” Grace Kelly in “To Catch a Thief,” Doris Day in “That Touch of Mink,” Marlene Dietrich in “Blonde Venus,” Katherine Hepburn in “Sylvia Scarlett,” Audrey Hepburn in “Charade,” Sophia Loren in “Houseboat” and Deborah Kerr in “An Affair to Remember.” And who can forget him being chased by a plane or dangling from a cliff in Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest,” with Eva Marie Saint? Born Archibald Leach, he was nominated for two best actor Oscars and five Golden Globes. His only child, Jennifer Grant, born when he was 65, with actress Dyan Cannon, is remembering her famous father in her new memoir, “Good Stuff: A Reminiscence of My Father, Cary Grant.”
One of my memories of Grant was when he was honored as star of the year by the Theatre Owners of America at a formal dinner in New York. Luckily, I knew how to get into the ballroom through the kitchen to bypass the heavy security. Standing at the dais, I slipped an index card in front of him to get his autograph. He looked at the index card, which was not like the slips of paper he’d been signing, and then at me. He snapped his fingers, a guard appeared and he said, “Would you escort this young man out; he obviously does not belong here.” I grabbed my signed card and was escorted out.
A few minutes later, I went back through the kitchen and was in front of Grant — this time with my camera ready. He looked at me again, snapped his fingers and out I went. On my third try he asked, “What do you want?” I looked him in the eye and said, “We can do this all night, or you can let me get a picture and I’ll be on my way.” He smiled, knowing I meant it, and said, “Where would you like me to look?”
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Debbie Reynolds has rarely, if ever, missed the Thalian Ball — the charity she founded — until this year, when she accepted a personal appearance as the grand marshal of a parade out of town. Insiders say she was not thrilled her charity was honoring Playboy’s Hugh Hefner and that the ball was being held at the Playboy Mansion. Debbie has always had very strong family values.
Jennifer Aniston, who carried a torch for her ex-husband, Brad Pitt, is dating “The Hangover” star Bradley Cooper. The upside, of course, is if she screams out the wrong name in an intimate moment … it will be the right name!!!
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