Pride Month: Cary Grant and Randolph Scott—A Hollywood Gay Couple?
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They were two handsome bachelors, who happened to be Hollywood heartthrobs and roommates. Cary Grant and Randolph Scott lived together off-and-on for nearly 12 years, sharing a Santa Monica beach house and a mansion in Los Angeles’ Los Feliz neighbourhood.
But were the two living together as a gay couple in plain sight during the oppressive 1930s? Hollywood of that period was run by the infamous iron-fisted studio system, which monitored, managed and practically dictated a star’s personal and public life. Leading men like Grant and Scott would almost certainly not have been allowed to openly live homosexual lives, much less as a couple.
Yet, rumours persisted about the two and, curiously, they both agreed to a photo spread in a fan magazine, which featured them as “bachelors” sharing a home together. The photos show them happy, laughing, working out, cooking—picture perfect images of domestic bliss, if ever there was.
But the two never publicly acknowledged if they were in love or in a relationship. And, between the two, they were married seven times to various women, including wealthy heiresses. At one point, Grant was married to Barbara Hutton, one of the wealthiest women in the world and Scott was married to heiress Marion DuPont for three years. Grant went on to marry actress Dyan Cannon, fathering one daughter, while Scott had two adopted children with his second wife.
It is said the two actors first met in 1932 on the Paramount set of Hot Saturday, apparently immediately hitting it off. They were soon living together. Shortly after, the famous photo spread was published which inadvertently depicted them as a cozy couple.
In 1934, the studios ordered Grant to get married. His wife, Virginia Cherril, wound up divorcing him 13 months later and Grant moved back in with Scott at the beach house. Stories of a variety of attractive young women going in and out of the beach house—dubbed “Bachelor Hall”—was said to be planted in the press by the studios.