April 30, 1989
Re "Shadows on a Legend," I feel the record must be set straight (regarding) the gossipmonger's false story about Randolph Scott, whom we have known since 1936. Mr. Scott was the finest gentleman in every way, best husband and father, too. We enjoyed his friendship through his 43 years of happy marriage, therefore, positively state that Charles Higham's story is a fantasy. MRS. DENNIS O'KEEFE Beverly Hills
June 19, 1988
As a longtime Cary Grant fan, please count me among those who will be "pleased" and "relieved," as future co-author William Royce put it, to read the story of Grant's relationship with former fan magazine writer Maureen Donaldson in her upcoming book, "An Affair to Remember" (Outtakes, June 12). I have absolutely no interest in reading that other book about Grant's love life by Charles Higham ("Cary Grant: A Double Life"), which will chronicle the late actor's alleged homosexual liaisons.
July 24, 1988
Charles Higham's claim that the case on Errol Flynn is closed (Outtakes, July 10) is in line with the absurdity of his other claims about the actor being a Nazi spy. There is no case on Flynn, and neither is there any material regarding Flynn's involvement with espionage in the FBI files. There is indeed a file on him in the main Washington bureau of the FBI, but it pertains only to moral accusations. J. Edgar Hoover tracked Flynn for years trying to nail him with the Mann Act but never could.
March 24, 1989 |
Wrapped in the armor of the silver screen, Cary Grant--the movie idol who died 2 1/2 years ago--left a legacy as the perfect leading man, a smooth, sophisticated heartthrob untarnished by the vulgarities of reality. It seemed too good to be true. And now some are saying it was. Grant's image is being given a coat of human frailty by two new books.
October 22, 1998
* "ChesterChesterChesterChesterChester"--George Shea's one-man show, above, tells the tale of the inventor of the first copying machine. It continues through Dec. 11 at Fremont Centre Theatre. * "The Haunted"--Charles Higham's adaptation of Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw," a tale of psychological terror about a new governess at a Victorian estate, opens tonight at Actors Art Theatre.
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August 7, 1988
I was appalled that letter writer A. Valere would accuse me of an anti-homosexual prejudice because of an earlier letter I wrote disapproving of one of two upcoming books about the late Cary Grant's private life. That book, "Cary Grant: A Double Life" by Charles Higham, will "name names" in focusing on the actor's alleged homosexuality, according to the almost gleeful description provided by Higham's editor (Outtakes, June 12.