Cary Grant

Cary Grant (1904 -1986), considered to be one of Hollywood’s classic leading men, was born Archie Leach in Bristol.  After being expelled from school, he joined the ‘Bob Pender Stage Troupe’ in which he performed as a stilt walker.  It was in this role that he performed at the Norwich Hippodrome.  The troupe traveled to the United States in 1920, and Grant (still known as Archie Leach) decided to stay in the country when the troupe left to pursue a career in acting.

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  1. Carol Walker says:

    My lovely mum Miriam ‘Mil’ Grant her sister Ray and my nan Ray Grant all worked in the American Red Cross canteen during the second world war at a camp near Diss in Norfolk. I don’t know which one it was but all my life listened to stories of what happened all about the airmen and the fun they had during difficult times. Sadly my mum passed in July 2013 but it seemed a vibrant time in her life. She was only 14 when she started working there and she used to make the baked beans, do the waffles and help provide coffee to the airman as they returned from their dangerous sorties. She had a friend Grondo, a mexican airman but he was just a mate. I’d like to hear from anyone who knew her please at

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