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1967: Grant denies Bill rumors

Actor remembered for 'Good Stuff'

July 20, 1967

GOOD MORNING: Now what’s all this jazz about the suave Cary Grant playing Buffalo Bill in Mervyn LeRoy’s “Cowboys and Indians”? “I’m not playing Buffalo Bill,” Grant laughs. “This picture is going to be a big satire. I may play an Indian as well as a cowboy — maybe even a horse! And, come to think of it I COULD play Buffalo Bill. He later became a showman.” But there’s no rush to jump into beard and buckskin — LeRoy first films “Rebel” and Grant’s looking for an interim, interior opus . He’s also busy remodeling a house for his new address and prepping to join Max Bell and Texas oillionaires on a trek to N.Y. and Expo ’67. (2007 Update: Grant’s daughter Jennifer is writing a book, “Good Stuff.” What’s the meaning of the title? “He (Cary) would say it when something pleased him,” Jennifer said. He died Nov. 29, 1986, when she was 20. She reminded me that Cary stopped making films when she was born; the Buffalo Bill and “Rebel” pics never came to fruition. “He wanted to spend all his time with me. He was so completely devoted to me,” she said lovingly. Grant’s final film was 1966’s “Walk Don’t Run.” About her book (for Knopf ), Jennifer admitted, “Every once in a while when I can’t write, I put on one of his movies — and I just bathe in him.” She had just seen (again) “Father Goose,” a film he had made in 1964. I had visited Cary on that set at Universal. He was playing a bum on an island in the South Seas and had grown a beard for the role. I donned a beard (courtesy of the Universal makeup department) to surprise him for the interview. Cary said, “Good stuff.” Cary Grant was always good stuff.)

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