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Why cary grant loved those gay rumours. . .

Published 14/05/2011 | 05:00

Married five times yet dogged by rumours over his sexuality, the media's obsession with Cary Grant's private life has been a long-spanning and high-profile as his own career.

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But the memoir written by Cary Grant's daughter, Jennifer, reveals that her late father, once described by Alfred Hitchcock as "the only man I ever loved", revelled in rumours over his sexuality.

In her book, Good Stuff, out this week, Grant writes that while "there are interesting misconceptions about Dad," she'd rather "leave these misconceptions to themselves."

Cary Grant earned his eligibility through a dark-eyed suaveness, the ideal mix of mid-Atlantic drawl and sophistication, whose ability to flit between drama and comedy saw him become a Hitchcock favourite.

But, like most late icons, he's also become the focus of various posthumous rumours, the most persistent being that he was gay.

The book, however, only touches on such rumours -- it's more of a detailed account of her childhood with Grant who she describes as "a happy father".

Jennifer was Grant's only child -- he was 62 when she was born in 1966 (her mother was his fourth wife, Dyan Cannon).

He had already retired from film. In the illuminating memoir, the author alludes to occasional drug use ("He did LSD to remember the past," she writes. "I do archives") and acknowledges the rumours, at times even sympathises: "Can't blame men for wanting him," she writes. "And wouldn't be surprised if Dad even mildly flirted back . . . Dad somewhat enjoyed being called gay. He said it made women want to prove the assertion wrong."

She doesn't rule out any sexual experimentation: "Did Dad ever experiment sexually? I don't know" but stakes a claim that "if experimentation makes one gay, then my guess is that most of the world is gay", a line which does little more than fan the flames of our curiosity.

The Godfather, Mario Puzo's bestselling mafia novel is to receive a prequel. Assigned to the book, titled The Family Corleone, is Ed Falco, playwright and author of three novels and, incidentally, uncle to The Sopranos star Edie Falco.

The highly anticipated novel, based on an unproduced screenplay written by the late Puzo, promises to explain the 'unknown history' of how Godfather Don Vito Corleone rose to power in Depression-era New York.

The prequel has been authorised by the estate of Puzo, who died 12 years ago after penning the Oscar-winning screenplays for The Godfather and The Godfather II.

His original book, The Godfather, was first published in 1969 and has sold over 21 million copies.

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