Actor Cary Grant (1904 - 1986) on the deck of a ship, circa 1955 Source: Archive Photos/Getty Images

Gay? Not My Dad, Cary Grant's Daughter Says

Kilian Melloy READ TIME: 2 MIN.

Cary Grant's daughter Jennifer spoke out against the rumor that her late father was a closeted gay man, saying, "I saw a very straight man" and she "had to speak the truth" about it.

The "Beverly Hills 90210" actor told Fox News Digital that when she wrote her 2011 memoir "Good Stuff: A Reminiscence of My Father, Cary Grant" she "got hate mail saying, 'Why aren't you standing up for the fact that your father was homosexual.'"

"But the truth of the matter is, I never saw anything to indicate that," Jennifer Grant stated, the New York Post relayed.

"The 2015 documentary 'Women He's Undressed'' claims he had a long-time relationship with Australian costume designer Orry-Kelly," the Post recalled.

That's a claim that Jennifer Grant dismissed, though she said that if he had been gay, she wouldn't have tried to censor that part of his life. "Had he been homosexual, I absolutely would've stood up for it," Grant said. "He had gay friends and there's just absolutely nothing to be ashamed of there."

She added, "I had to speak the truth, which was I saw a very straight male who watched women, was married to women, had me."

Still, Grant did acknowledge that she didn't know every detail about her famous father. "Did he have affairs earlier in life? Perhaps. I don't know. I wasn't there to see it," Grant said. "So, I think it might not be a common misconception, but it's certainly a rumor out there."

"Jennifer's mom, actress and filmmaker Dyan Cannon, 86, was Cary's fourth wife," the Post recalled.

Added the newspaper: "'Archie,' a new, four-part biographical series streaming on BritBox, is based on Dyan's memoir about her relationship with Cary, who was born Archibald Alexander Leach."

Jennifer Grant serves as executive producer on the new miniseries.

Wikipedia recounts that Grant's British-born father began performing in his youth and began his career in the U.S. on Vaudeville before moving on to Broadway and, in 1932, to film. After a string of hits in the 1930s and '40s ("Bringing Up Baby," "His Girl Friday," "The Philadelphia Story") Cary Grant enjoyed a late career renaissance with films such as "To Catch a Thief," "An Affair to Remember," "North by Northwest," and "Charade." Grant stepped back from movies when Jennifer was born in 1966. He died in 1986 at the age of 82.

by Kilian Melloy , EDGE Staff Reporter

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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