NEW YORK — Cary Grant is gone and no actor today compares, his daughter says.
“Hugh Jackman, a little bit. Other than that I can’t think of anyone,” actress Jennifer Grant said during a recent promotional luncheon for “Good Stuff,” a loving memoir about her father, who died in 1986 at age 82.
Jennifer Grant, the actor’s only child, says she had been asked for years to write about her father, but refused until close friends encouraged her. She wrote the book herself, drawing upon home movies and audiotapes Cary Grant made when she was little. She was a senior at Stanford University when he died, and the memoir was a way of finally letting him go.
Being raised by Cary Grant really was like living with “Cary Grant,” according to “Good Stuff.” He was a “pip” — playful, witty, curious and graceful, right to the end. He wrote her letters of advice and adoration, tolerated her taste for hard rock music and her college infatuation with communism and gently, but mercilessly, defeated her at Trivial Pursuit.
Grant retired from filmmaking in 1966, the year Jennifer was born, and she is still learning about her father’s career. He rarely talked about his acting days while she was growing up, aside from an occasional reference to Kelly or to “Hitch.” She has read little about him and only recently saw his work on the big screen, when she introduced “To Catch a Thief” at a film festival in Dallas.