‘My father liked being called gay,’ admits Cary Grant’s daughter in new memoir
Updated: 10:29 GMT, 28 April 2011
Cary Grant’s daughter has penned a memoir about the famous actor, admitting he liked it when people called him gay.
The British screen icon, who was married five times, was often dogged by rumours that he was bisexual.
But his daughter Jennifer Grant, 45, says the Hot Saturday star actually liked the mystique surrounding his sexuality because it ‘made women want to prove the assertion wrong’.
Rumours: Cary Grant, pictured with fellow actor Randolph Scott, who he was rumoured to have had a gay affair
In the memoir, Good Stuff: A Reminiscence of My Father, Cary Grant, Jennifer writes: ‘(You) Can’t blame men for wanting him, and wouldn’t be surprised if Dad even mildly flirted back.
‘When the question arises, it generally speaks more about the person asking.’
But she adds: ‘Dad somewhat enjoyed being called gay. He said it made women want to prove the assertion wrong.’
Grant was notoriously private about his personal life.
In the Thirties, rumours swirled about his close friendship with fellow actor Randolph Scott, who he met on the set of the 1932 film Hot Saturday.
Shortly afterwards they moved into a Malibu beach house together, which became known as Bachelor Hall.
Recollections: His daughter Jennifer writes in a new memoir that her father liked being called gay because it ‘made women want to prove the assertion wrong’
In his book, Cary Grant: Grant’s Secret Sixth Marriage published in 2004, Marc Eliot claimed Grant had a sexual relationship with Scott.
Jennifer was born to Grant’s fourth wife, Dyan Cannon, who he eloped with in 1965 to Las Vegas.
Their marriage was short lived and ended in divorce two years later after she left him.
Cannon, an American television actress and screenwriter, claimed that he flew into frequent rages and spanked her when she disobeyed him.
In her memoir, Jennifer admits she had a bit of a crush on her father.
‘Okay, I had a crush on Dad. Okay, more than a little crush on Dad.
‘My other real crushes were Donny Osmond and Jean-Paul Belmondo.’
Of her parents’ relationship, she said: ‘Something in me has always felt that my parents came together to make me. Vanity? Perhaps.’
She added that ultimately the pair were too headstrong to stay together, but said they loved each other dearly.
The memoir will be published by Alfred A. Knopf on May 3.