I've always really liked Cary Grant -- not only can I watch Bringing Up Baby and Charade over and over, but I've got his picture hanging up in my house (years ago I snagged a pretty cool silkscreen print of him at a sidewalk sale in Chicago).
So when I was reading Nurtureshock, a science book about child development, I was reeled in by its introductory story about Cary Grant. In the '60s, Grant frequented the Magic Castle, a private LA nightclub; not only was he intrigued by magic, but he was particularly interested in chatting with the Magic Castle's receptionist, Joan Lawton. Their talks were mostly focused on the nitty gritty details of child development. Lawton was working on her degree on the topic and Grant had a toddler daughter and wanted to be the best parent possible. He used every meeting with Lawton as an opportunity to learn about her studies and to ask many questions.
This year, Grant's daughter, Jennifer, published Good Stuff: A Reminiscence of My Father Cary Grant. Grant writes in detail about what it was like to be raised by her father. He was fun, dispensed great advice, and was quite the doting dad (he protected every memento from Jennifer's childhood in a humongous vault).
Cary Grant on the Big Screen
A new 35mm print of Bringing Up Baby is cause for celebration at San Francisco's Castro Theatre later this month. Beginning August 31, the Castro will screen a week's worth of Cary Grant double features, including The Philadelphia Story, Holiday, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Awful Truth, North By Northwest, Charade, Bringing Up Baby, and Monkey Business. View the complete Cary Grant: Definitive Star film schedule at the Castro Theatre website.
Can't make all the showings? Every slated film is available on DVD for check out from the San Mateo County Library.
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Karen Choy is the temporary branch manager at Brisbane and Atherton Libraries. There are few things she likes better than enjoying fresh popcorn and a double feature.