Cary Grant’s daughter is determined to provide clarity on the enigmatic aspects of the late movie star’s life, particularly addressing speculations about his sexuality. Despite enduring rumors about his relationships with men, the Hollywood icon, who was married five times with four divorces, fathered his only child with his fourth wife, Dyan Cannon, in 1966 before passing away in 1986 at the age of 82.
Addressing persistent misconceptions, Jennifer Grant, the 57-year-old daughter, shared her perspective with Fox News Digital, emphasizing her commitment to the truth. In her 2011 book, she received backlash for not confirming rumors of her father’s homosexuality. Jennifer stated that she saw her father as a heterosexual man who was married to a woman, expressing her readiness to support him if he had been homosexual.
Jennifer, who serves as the executive producer of BritBox’s limited series “Archie,” shedding light on her father’s journey from an acrobat to a self-trained English actor, explained that Grant’s reluctance to discuss his troubled childhood stemmed from the challenges he faced, including an abusive alcoholic father and a mother placed in an asylum when he was just 11 years old.
According to Jennifer, becoming a father at 62 was a turning point for Cary Grant, prompting him to retire from his Hollywood career and wholeheartedly embrace his role as a parent. Despite a tumultuous love life and struggles with therapy and LSD in the late ’50s, Grant excelled as a devoted father, according to Jennifer, who lived primarily with him after her parents’ divorce.
While her father rarely discussed his own childhood, he took pride in his British heritage, introducing Jennifer to British culture and customs. Jennifer highlighted the misconception surrounding her grandmother, Elsie, dispelling the notion that she was “mad” and emphasizing the tragic separation from her child, a story Jennifer aimed to share through the series.
Jennifer also reflected on her parents’ love story, which unfolded on screen in “Archie,” describing it as a healing experience. Despite the differences that led to their divorce, she appreciates the love between her parents and believes that time has healed wounds, even expressing that her mother’s love for her late ex-husband has returned.
Jennifer, who lost her father at the age of 20, cherishes vivid memories of their time together, including a lighthearted moment at an Elton John concert. She emphasized her father’s remarkable ability to reinvent himself and urged people to understand that they can shape their own destinies, not needing to perform extraordinary feats to be extraordinary human beings.