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Care of vulnerable and frail patients is substandard in a SIXTH of all nursing homes, watchdog says

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Nearly one in six care homes gave their frail and vulnerable residents substandard treatment last year, the regulator said yesterday.

And in one area, the proportion of care homes dismissed as ‘inadequate’ or needing to improve was almost one in five.

A scathing report from the Care Quality Commission said that these figures masked the deterioration in service that happened in some areas. 

The inspection organisation said that more than 500 homes with 23,000 older residents have been continuously rated as needing to improve for years.

Nearly one in six care homes gave their frail and vulnerable residents substandard treatment last year, the regulator said yesterday (stock picture)

Nearly one in six care homes gave their frail and vulnerable residents substandard treatment last year, the regulator said yesterday (stock picture)

Nearly one in six care homes gave their frail and vulnerable residents substandard treatment last year, the regulator said yesterday (stock picture)

More than 1,200, with 42,000 residents, once qualified as good but have slipped back into the bottom ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’ levels of care home.

The findings were drawn up from inspections of care homes in the financial year that ended in March – the same month that lockdown began. 

The CQC said that lockdown, during which nearly 20,000 care home residents died with Covid-19 within three months, had led to overburdened homes turning residents away, loneliness and stress because of visiting bans, and severe financial problems for owners of homes.

CQC chief Ian Trenholm called for large-scale reforms. ‘Covid has pushed social care even closer to the edge, and we need to make sure that action takes place now,’ he said. 

During the pandemic ‘the sector, already fragile, faced significant challenges around timely access to PPE, testing and staffing – and support was less readily available than it was for the NHS’, he added.

A scathing report from the Care Quality Commission said that these figures masked the deterioration in service that happened in some areas (stock picture)

A scathing report from the Care Quality Commission said that these figures masked the deterioration in service that happened in some areas (stock picture)

A scathing report from the Care Quality Commission said that these figures masked the deterioration in service that happened in some areas (stock picture)

Across England, around four out of five of 23,546 adult care homes were rated as ‘good’ and one in 20 were ‘outstanding’ in the year to the end of March, the report said. There were 186 homes newly rated as outstanding. Of the rest, 15 per cent were said to require improvement and 1 per cent were ‘inadequate’.

The worst ratings were in the West Midlands, where 19 per cent were considered inadequate or to need improving.

The report said: ‘Some of the poorest services struggled to make any improvement.’

The CQC report was released as it took responsibility for choosing 500 homes that will be exclusively for patients who are discharged from hospital after testing positive for Covid-19 but are too sick or disabled to go home. 

The first are due to open at the end of the month.

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Bullingdon revisited: Ten black Oxford undergraduates recreate famed photo

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The pose may look familiar, but what these Oxford University freshers hope to convey is a message far removed from the decadence and privilege of the students in the original.

Ten black first-year undergraduates have recreated the infamous Bullingdon Club photo featuring a young Boris Johnson and David Cameron in a bid to inspire others from tough backgrounds to strive for success.

Miles King, who set up what he called the ‘parody’ photo and is sitting on the steps on the right in the equivalent of Mr Johnson’s spot in the 1987 shot, said he hopes people will ‘take away an overall positive’ from seeing them ’empower themselves’.

The reshoot: Black Oxford students reproduce the pose adopted by Bullingdon Club members in 1987

The reshoot: Black Oxford students reproduce the pose adopted by Bullingdon Club members in 1987

The reshoot: Black Oxford students reproduce the pose adopted by Bullingdon Club members in 1987

In a post on business networking website Linkedin, he also wrote: ‘As a working-class black man from south-east London there have been certain structural economic and social pressures unjustly perpetuated upon me by the establishment figures in the original Bullingdon picture, specifically due to the combination of my race and identified gender.’ Mr King, who studied for his A-levels at the Harris Academy in Falconwood, south-east London, began a history degree at Oxford this term.

The photo was shared on Twitter by local newspaper the Peckham Peculiar alongside the old photo of Mr Johnson, former prime minister Mr Cameron and other tailcoat-wearing members of the Bullingdon Club, which is as renowned for its bawdy behaviour and drinking as for producing the country’s leaders.

One of those in the new photo, Amgad Salih, who is studying economics and management and attended the Harris Academy in Battersea, south-west London, wrote on Linkedin: ‘Representation is key! #blackhistorymonth #blackexcellence #oxford.’

The original: Bullingdon members including David Cameron, top row, second left, and Boris Johnson, front row, right

The original: Bullingdon members including David Cameron, top row, second left, and Boris Johnson, front row, right

The original: Bullingdon members including David Cameron, top row, second left, and Boris Johnson, front row, right

Others in the photo include Joshua Chima, a law student from Bradford, West Yorkshire; Joshua Abioye, a chemistry undergraduate who went to St Thomas the Apostle College in Nunhead, south-east London; Wayne Gouro, an engineering undergraduate who attended St Dominic’s Sixth Form College in Harrow, north-west London; and Joshua Omolegan, from Bristol, who is studying computer science. Another is Myles Alexander-Bryan, a former independent school pupil from Harrow on the Hill. He is studying philosophy, politics and economics – the same degree that Old Etonian Mr Cameron took.

On Twitter, one user commented on the photo: ‘Do I see a future black prime minister standing there?’ Another, referring to the Bullingdon Club’s antics, said: ‘Pretty sure that these young men will have better things to do with their time than trash restaurants and set fire to £50 notes.’

The proportion of black and ethnic minority undergraduates at Oxford rose from 14.5 per cent five years ago to 22.1 per cent last year, figures from the university show.

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A New York-based Russia expert who was outed as a key ‘subsource’ of the infamous Steele dossier says he fears for his life and may sue President Trump and Sen. Lindsey Graham to protect his reputation.

Trump tweeted about Igor Danchenko in September, blasting out a retweet to his millions of followers calling him ‘primary subsource’ for the Steele dossier.

Information about Danchenko’s role in gathering information for the dossier in 2016 emerged during Senate look-backs at the Russia probe.

Igor Danchenko was identified as a subsource for the Steele Dossier, and now says he fears for his life

Igor Danchenko was identified as a subsource for the Steele Dossier, and now says he fears for his life

Igor Danchenko was identified as a subsource for the Steele Dossier, and now says he fears for his life

He spoke to the FBI during its 2018 ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ probe, which Trump regularly derides as a witch hunt. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham accuses Danchenko of feeding Kremlin information to steele, whose work product contained salacious information about Trump’s alleged conduct in a Moscow hotel room during the Miss Universe pageant.

‘It’s a stigma. Being a ‘Russian spy’ is quite different from being James Bond. There are myths,’ Danchenko told the Guardian in his first interview since his role was exposed.

He also didn’t back down with the dossier’s claim that the Russians’ may have held compromising information on Trump. ‘I stand by it. I got it right,’ he said.

But he also downplayed the raciest parts of the work product, which also argued broadly that the Russians held financial leverage over the president.

Ex British Intelligence officer Christopher Steele compiled the dossier on Donald Trump

Ex British Intelligence officer Christopher Steele compiled the dossier on Donald Trump

Ex British Intelligence officer Christopher Steele compiled the dossier on Donald Trump

Co-owner if the Miss Unioverse Organization US billionaire Donald Trump (R) poses next to Miss Venezuela and Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler after the 2013 Miss Universe competition in Moscow on November 9, 2013

Co-owner if the Miss Unioverse Organization US billionaire Donald Trump (R) poses next to Miss Venezuela and Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler after the 2013 Miss Universe competition in Moscow on November 9, 2013

Co-owner if the Miss Unioverse Organization US billionaire Donald Trump (R) poses next to Miss Venezuela and Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler after the 2013 Miss Universe competition in Moscow on November 9, 2013

Danchenko also faults South Carolina Lindsey Graham for calling him a source of the dossier

Danchenko also faults South Carolina Lindsey Graham for calling him a source of the dossier

Danchenko also faults South Carolina Lindsey Graham for calling him a source of the dossier

He traveled to Russia and St. Petersburg, Russia to assist Steele in his reports.

He said his own work with sources of information in Russia amounted to ‘hearsay’ and ‘jest.’

But the information, when it failed to be corroborated, got used by Trump and his allies to trash the dossier and portray it as an effort to smear him.

He theorized: ‘I think they thought I would be an easy target to discredit the dossier. By doubling down on this they would be able to discredit the whole Russia investigation.’

He told Reuters in an email: ‘I am exactly what the Department of Justice National Security Division, the FBI, the FBI Inspector General, the Special Counsel and the Republican Senate Intelligence Committee has determined; an experienced expert in Russian affairs who has spent more than a decade in business intelligence.’

‘My academic and business intelligence work in Russia has always been on behalf of Western clients and never on behalf of Russia,’ her added. 

Even after publication of the FBI transcript of his interview, Danchenko would not reveal the sources who provided him information. ‘I stand by my raw intelligence,’ he said.

The interview comes in the final week of the campaign where Russia and the Trump probes continue to loom large.

The New York Times on Wednesday revealed new information about a Trump Organization banking account held in China, while Trump and his allies are touting information purportedly gained from Hunter Biden’s laptop about Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s son’s business ties.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) has claimed the material is Russian disinformation, prompting angry pushback from Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, who was one of Trump’s most vocal defenders during the Russia probe.

Danchenko has suggested legal action, with lawyer Mark Schamel sending a cease-and-desist letter to White House counsel Pat Cipollone. It said the disclosures were harming Danchenko’s reputation and ‘endangering his life’.

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Cary Grant got hooked on LSD and was bisexual, says new book

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After 40 years in movies and 73 movies in the can, Cary Grant’s greatest performance was the matchless specimen of masculine charm known as Cary Grant.

‘He’s a completely made up character and I’m playing a part. No way am I really Cary Grant. In my mind’s eye I’m just a vaudevillian named Archie Leach. 

‘But I think Cary Grant has done wonders for my life’, Grant is quoted in author Scott Eyman’s new book Cary Grant: A Brilliant Disguise, published by Simon & Schuster and released on Tuesday.

The book touches on Grant’s struggle with his sexual identity for years, as he lived with actor Randolph Scott and was viewed as bisexual at best.

Grant, whose real name was Archibald ‘Archie’ Leach, had four marriages, fell madly in love with Sophia Loren, went through years of therapy dealing with his narcissism and temper.

He only saw some relief years later when actress Betsy Drake, Grant’s third wife, introduced him to psychotherapy and LSD. 

Screen icon Cary Grant confessed he felt he was 'playing a part', according to new book Cary Grant: A Brilliant Disguise by author Scott Eyman. He told the writer: ''He's a completely made up character. No way am I really Cary Grant. In my mind's eye I'm just a vaudevillian named Archie Leach'

Screen icon Cary Grant confessed he felt he was 'playing a part', according to new book Cary Grant: A Brilliant Disguise by author Scott Eyman. He told the writer: ''He's a completely made up character. No way am I really Cary Grant. In my mind's eye I'm just a vaudevillian named Archie Leach'

Screen icon Cary Grant confessed he felt he was ‘playing a part’, according to new book Cary Grant: A Brilliant Disguise by author Scott Eyman. He told the writer: ”He’s a completely made up character. No way am I really Cary Grant. In my mind’s eye I’m just a vaudevillian named Archie Leach’

Grant, whose real name was Archibald 'Archie' Leach, had four marriages, fell madly in love with Sophia Loren (pictured together) went through years of therapy dealing with his narcissism and temper.

Grant, whose real name was Archibald 'Archie' Leach, had four marriages, fell madly in love with Sophia Loren (pictured together) went through years of therapy dealing with his narcissism and temper.

Grant, whose real name was Archibald ‘Archie’ Leach, had four marriages, fell madly in love with Sophia Loren (pictured together) went through years of therapy dealing with his narcissism and temper.

The book touches on Grant's struggle with his sexual identity for years, as he lived with actor Randolph Scott (pictured together) and was viewed as bisexual at best

The book touches on Grant's struggle with his sexual identity for years, as he lived with actor Randolph Scott (pictured together) and was viewed as bisexual at best

The book touches on Grant’s struggle with his sexual identity for years, as he lived with actor Randolph Scott (pictured together) and was viewed as bisexual at best

Grant was born Archibald ‘Archie’ Leach, from Bristol, England, who hung around the wharves seeking a job as a cabin boy on a boat and a one-way ticket out of the British trading port.

He joined a troupe of acrobats, learned stilt-walking and dreamed of travel.

Leach landed in New York with the performing vaudevillians in the mid-1920s seeking fame and fortune and decided not to return to England.

Before moving on to Hollywood when vaudeville died, Leach sold ties out of a suitcase on Broadway when he wasn’t stilt-walking.

In New York, he was in good company with vaudevillians George and Gracie Burns and Jack Benny and learned quickly that he had to change his name and invent an accent to hide his lack of class and education — but not without repercussions of feelings of duality that would haunt him for a lifetime.

Grant’s childhood was a black cloud hovering over him for years and plagued him with depression exacerbated by being around verbally brilliant friends — British actors who had legitimate theatre experience.

'But I think Cary Grant has done wonders for my life', Grant is quoted in author Scott Eyman's new book Cary Grant: A Brilliant Disguise, published by Simon & Schuster and released on Tuesday

'But I think Cary Grant has done wonders for my life', Grant is quoted in author Scott Eyman's new book Cary Grant: A Brilliant Disguise, published by Simon & Schuster and released on Tuesday

‘But I think Cary Grant has done wonders for my life’, Grant is quoted in author Scott Eyman’s new book Cary Grant: A Brilliant Disguise, published by Simon & Schuster and released on Tuesday

He copied traits of people he most admired to divert attention from the fact that he had left school at age 14. 

With the help of Dr. Mortimer Hartman and over one hundred LSD sessions he viewed as ‘life-altering’, he defecated in his pants and viewed it as a ‘psychic explosion’.

For the first time, Grant stopped blaming his mother, father and everyone else for the duality he had created.

‘I learned that no one else was keeping me unhappy but me. I gained something else – myself.

‘And on that day I shat all over the rug in the doctor’s office and I shat all over the floor’.

‘I imagined myself as a giant penis launching off from earth like a spaceship’, Grant confessed.

‘I had lots of problems over the years but they were Archie Leach’s problems, not Cary Grant’s’.

‘I have spent the greater part of my life fluctuating between Archie Leach and Cary Grant, unsure of either, suspecting each and only recently have I begun to unify them into one person’.

Grant babbled on about the virtues of tripping on LSD to anyone who willingly listened.

‘LSD empties the subconscious and intensifies the emotions a hundred times’, according to Dr. Hartman, ‘and breaks down memory blocks so one can gain insights into one’s own self and relationships with others’.

Grant was born Archibald 'Archie' Leach, from Bristol, England, who hung around the wharves seeking a job as a cabin boy on a boat and a one-way ticket out of the British trading port

Grant was born Archibald 'Archie' Leach, from Bristol, England, who hung around the wharves seeking a job as a cabin boy on a boat and a one-way ticket out of the British trading port

Grant was born Archibald ‘Archie’ Leach, from Bristol, England, who hung around the wharves seeking a job as a cabin boy on a boat and a one-way ticket out of the British trading port

Pictured: British born actor Grant  (pictured in 1932) left home to join an acrobatic troupe before emigrating to America to embark on a film career which lasted for over thirty years

Pictured: British born actor Grant  (pictured in 1932) left home to join an acrobatic troupe before emigrating to America to embark on a film career which lasted for over thirty years

Pictured: British born actor Grant  (pictured in 1932) left home to join an acrobatic troupe before emigrating to America to embark on a film career which lasted for over thirty years

Psychedelic dilettantes in LA included Henry Luce and Clare Booth Luce, Christopher Isherwood, Anais Nin, Aldous Huxley, Andre Previn, Esther Williams, Jack Nicholson and Dennis Hopper.

‘It was something perilously close to gobbledygook’, writes Hyman.

LSD released Grant from his working class ancestry – or so he hoped – but he never really forgot.

His father, Elias, had pressed suits for a living and after the couple lost their first child, his mother, Elsie, tried to smother Archie with affection.

Grant remembered her as a ‘pathetic little figure’ who repeatedly told him she was the only one who cared about him – derailing his future relationships with women.

Grant viewed her as a ‘well meaning psychological assassin’ and preferred eating his dinner off a tray in front of the TV so he wouldn’t have to face her at the dinner table.

Archie moved to his grandmother’s house but she was a drunk so there was no comfort there.

‘I could smell hell on her breath’, Archie remembered.

In Archie’s absence, his father decided to remove Elsie from his very existence by having her committed to an asylum with the excuse that she was queer in the head and dangerous to herself.

Nobody came forward to attest to Elsie’s supposed insanity.

With her out of the way, Elias began a common law marriage and eventually told his son that his mother was dead.

Archie had become an acrobat with a troupe after visiting a Hippodrome – ‘a dazzling land of smiling, jostling people wearing all sorts of costumes and doing all sorts of clever things’.

‘What other life could there be but that of an actor. They happily traveled and toured. They were classless, cheerful and carefree. They gaily laughed, lived and loved,’ Grant remembered.

Tongues wagged when he moved into a rented house with the handsome actor Randolph Scott (pictured) and the couple didn't hesitate to pose for publicity shots lounging around the pool

Tongues wagged when he moved into a rented house with the handsome actor Randolph Scott (pictured) and the couple didn't hesitate to pose for publicity shots lounging around the pool

 Tongues wagged when he moved into a rented house with the handsome actor Randolph Scott (pictured) and the couple didn’t hesitate to pose for publicity shots lounging around the pool

Grant was known to be a herculean freeloader. He saved half eaten sandwiches in the fridge, cut buttons off old shirts before throwing them away. He was worth millions but still has his first two pence

Grant was known to be a herculean freeloader. He saved half eaten sandwiches in the fridge, cut buttons off old shirts before throwing them away. He was worth millions but still has his first two pence

Grant was known to be a herculean freeloader. He saved half eaten sandwiches in the fridge, cut buttons off old shirts before throwing them away. He was worth millions but still has his first two pence

That was the life for him and he traveled to New York with the Pender troupe and was now immersed in the world of American show business.

It was vaudeville where he learned coordination and timing –the control of his body.

‘He had the face of a leading man, the physical skills and antic spirit of a great silent clown,’ writes the author.

It was in New York where he met actress Fay Wray, who found fame in the arms of King Kong in the 1933 film.

He was stuck on her for years and hoped to connect with her in Hollywood where everyone was headed when vaudeville was over.

The bawdy Mae West gave him his first big break in She Done Him Wrong and in return he gossiped that her flabby belly wiggled when she walked and she talked badly.

Paramount saw potential in Grant and put him in ten pictures his first year.

Tongues wagged when he moved into a rented house with the handsome actor Randolph Scott and the couple didn’t hesitate to pose for publicity shots lounging around the pool.

Grant struck up a relationship with actress Virginia Cherrill who became his first wife.

They moved into the house with Scott when Grant learned that his mother wasn’t dead but had been in an asylum for years.

He went on an epic bender and had to dry out in a sanitarium.

Cherrill woke up to find Grant standing over her with his hands around her throat.

Grant struck up a relationship with actress Virginia Cherrill (pictured together) who became his first wife. They moved into the house with Scott when Grant learned that his mother wasn't dead but had been in an asylum for years. He went on an epic bender and had to dry out in a sanitarium. Cherrill woke up to find Grant standing over her with his hands around her throat

Grant struck up a relationship with actress Virginia Cherrill (pictured together) who became his first wife. They moved into the house with Scott when Grant learned that his mother wasn't dead but had been in an asylum for years. He went on an epic bender and had to dry out in a sanitarium. Cherrill woke up to find Grant standing over her with his hands around her throat

Grant struck up a relationship with actress Virginia Cherrill (pictured together) who became his first wife. They moved into the house with Scott when Grant learned that his mother wasn’t dead but had been in an asylum for years. He went on an epic bender and had to dry out in a sanitarium. Cherrill woke up to find Grant standing over her with his hands around her throat

Cherrill sued for divorce after ten months. 'I was in love with Cary; Cary was in love with himself. I didn't stand a chance'

Cherrill sued for divorce after ten months. 'I was in love with Cary; Cary was in love with himself. I didn't stand a chance'

It was in New York where he met actress Fay Wray, who found fame in the arms of King Kong in the 1933 film. He was stuck on her for years and hoped to connect with her in Hollywood where everyone was headed when vaudeville was over

It was in New York where he met actress Fay Wray, who found fame in the arms of King Kong in the 1933 film. He was stuck on her for years and hoped to connect with her in Hollywood where everyone was headed when vaudeville was over

Cherrill (left) sued for divorce after ten months. ‘I was in love with Cary; Cary was in love with himself. I didn’t stand a chance’, Virginia said. He was still carrying a torch for Fay Wray (right)

She sued for divorce after ten months.

‘I was in love with Cary; Cary was in love with himself. I didn’t stand a chance’, Virginia said.

He was still carrying a torch for Fay Wray.

In 1945 Grant married Woolworth heiress, Barbara Hutton, who spent her days playing tennis and nights hosting dinner parties.

Hutton complained that Cary was different from his screen image and wasn’t ‘fun laughing and naughty all the time’.

She wanted Cary to inhabit her world. Cary’s cheapness soared and he started marking the crystal liquor bottles to see if the help was knocking off any booze.

‘He could be a terrible bastard’, Dudley Walker, his valet stated.

‘You were lucky if he gave you a five dollar bottle of men’s cologne once a year for Christmas. And he was a bad drinker.

‘He would get real nasty and cold. Become sadistic’.

Grant was known to be a herculean freeloader. He saved half eaten sandwiches in the fridge, cut buttons off old shirts before throwing them away.

He was worth millions but still has his first two pence.

Mel Brooks called him a ‘schnorrer’ after having lunch with him for four days at the studio commissary and then tired of paying for it every time. Schnorrer is a Yiddish term for a scrounger or a freeloader.  

Grant’s marriage to Hutton lasted only three years.

Wife number three was actress Betsy Drake who persuaded Grant to take LSD and it was his ravings that led Dr. Timothy Leary to give LSD a try.

But that marriage was doomed when Grant fell madly in love with Sophia Loren while filming in Spain. 

Grant fell madly in love with Sophia Loren (pictured) while filming in Spain. He proposed ¿ even though he was married to Drake and Sophia stalled. She was madly in love with Italian producer, Carlo Ponti who made Sophia a star but he was married. Cary went wild. He had never been rejected before by either sex. 'She broke my heart,' he wailed

Grant fell madly in love with Sophia Loren (pictured) while filming in Spain. He proposed ¿ even though he was married to Drake and Sophia stalled. She was madly in love with Italian producer, Carlo Ponti who made Sophia a star but he was married. Cary went wild. He had never been rejected before by either sex. 'She broke my heart,' he wailed

Grant fell madly in love with Sophia Loren (pictured) while filming in Spain. He proposed – even though he was married to Drake and Sophia stalled. She was madly in love with Italian producer, Carlo Ponti who made Sophia a star but he was married. Cary went wild. He had never been rejected before by either sex. ‘She broke my heart,’ he wailed

Grant proposed to actress Dyan Cannon after seeing her in a TV show. He encouraged her to take LSD and she did a dozen times but she wrote that it destroyed her life. 'For him it was the gateway to God that had saved him and he thought it would save our marriage but drugs can't do that'. They did have a daughter, Jennifer, who Cary worshipped (pictured all together)

Grant proposed to actress Dyan Cannon after seeing her in a TV show. He encouraged her to take LSD and she did a dozen times but she wrote that it destroyed her life. 'For him it was the gateway to God that had saved him and he thought it would save our marriage but drugs can't do that'. They did have a daughter, Jennifer, who Cary worshipped (pictured all together)

Grant proposed to actress Dyan Cannon after seeing her in a TV show. He encouraged her to take LSD and she did a dozen times but she wrote that it destroyed her life. ‘For him it was the gateway to God that had saved him and he thought it would save our marriage but drugs can’t do that’. They did have a daughter, Jennifer, who Cary worshipped (pictured all together)

The actor regretted his film career and wished he had raised children. Grant died November 1986. Pictured: Grant with his daughter Jennifer during 12th Annual Academy of Arts Awards

The actor regretted his film career and wished he had raised children. Grant died November 1986. Pictured: Grant with his daughter Jennifer during 12th Annual Academy of Arts Awards

The actor regretted his film career and wished he had raised children. Grant died November 1986. Pictured: Grant with his daughter Jennifer during 12th Annual Academy of Arts Awards

He proposed – even though he was married to Drake and Sophia stalled.

She was madly in love with Italian producer, Carlo Ponti who made Sophia a star but he was married.

Cary went wild. He had never been rejected before by either sex.

‘She broke my heart,’ he wailed.

Grant proposed to actress Dyan Cannon after seeing her in a TV show.

He encouraged her to take LSD and she did a dozen times but she wrote that it destroyed her life.

‘For him it was the gateway to God that had saved him and he thought it would save our marriage but drugs can’t do that’.

He was a domestic tyrant prone to fits of rage and he spanked her. But they did have a daughter, Jennifer, who Cary worshipped.

He married one more time, Barbara Harris, a public relations director.

He was forty-six years her senior and pursued her for two years.

Being a manager or director made her a diplomat and able to handle him.

‘Barbara gave me a real Act Three’, Grant stated.

Late in life he finally accepted Cary Grant.

‘I helped create this guy, but I didn’t believe him for one second. That’s why I pushed all my loved ones away from me. I was afraid they would try to hold me and discover that I was hollow, just a hollow man’.

The actor regretted his film career and wished he had raised children.

Grant died November 1986.  

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