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Some people say that those who believe Cary Grant was gay (or possibly bisexual), are just seeing what they want to see, especially when it comes to the photos they posed for in a 1933 profile for Modern Screen (written by a gay journalist who used various code words to describe them to gay readers btw).
Others say it was a different time, and what they really shared was a bromance. Well, you know what they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. And I think these pictures say a lot. It wasn't just the photos, it was also the many accounts from people who knew them well, some of who were openly gay men.
Cary and Randolph also shared a mansion in Los Feliz. The two lived together 11 years, before, during, and after their many marriages-- a total of 7 between them, 5 of them Cary's.
New Yorker writer Brendan Gill was a friend of Jerome Zerbe, a photographer and apparently a 'boytoy Grant and Scott shared'.
Gill said: “Grant was reported in the press to be enjoying an impassioned affair with the starlet Betty Furness. Night after night, he took the good-natured Furness out to dine and returned to her apartment promptly at ten o'clock, after which Zerbe and he and assorted companions went out on the town.” Indeed so “good” was Ms. Furness' “nature” that in show biz circles the announcement that one was “dating” her was tantamount to “coming out.”
Cary was 'encouraged' to marry in 1934 by the studio, which he did. After a few months, he tried to commit suicide and the marriage ended a year later. His wife (who had moved in with Cary and Randolph) complained that he had been drunk and sullen throughout the marriage.
The famous gay director George Cukor was quoted to have said: "Oh, Cary won't talk about it. At most, he'll say they did some wonderful pictures together. But Randolph will admit it – to a friend."
Cary Grant once said, he became Cary Grant, the guy up on the screen, because
that’s what everyone
wanted him to be.
I'm not an expert on the subject of their lives, but from what I've read, I'd like to think that Cary and Randolph did share a wonderful love together, and I hope that the time they spent with each other was a happy one. The 1930s were a dangerous time for gay men, and for gorgeous Hollywood actors like Cary and Randolph, who knows what they had to sacrifice for the sake of their careers and society.
Books: Mr. Blackwell: From Rags to Bitches, An Autobiography / William J. Mann: Behind the Screen
Blogs/Sites: http://fiction.for-love-of-art.com/cassatt/GrantScott.html / http://ehrensteinland.com/htmls/library/faking-it.shtml