Betsy Drake
actress, psychotherapist and writer
Betsy Drake
Betsy Drake is an American actress, psychotherapist and writer. She was the third wife of actor Cary Grant.
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Betsy Drake dies at 92; gave up acting career to marry Cary Grant
LATimes - over 1 year
When actress Betsy Drake gave up her career to become a housewife, the role never really took. The husband she sought so desperately to please was Cary Grant. And though he was deemed one of the world's most desirable men, he often fell asleep after dinner and preferred television to talking with...
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Betsy Drake dies at 92; gave up acting career to marry Cary Grant
LATimes - over 1 year
When actress Betsy Drake gave up her career to become a housewife, the role never really took. The husband she sought so desperately to please was Cary Grant. And though he was deemed one of the world's most desirable men, he often fell asleep after dinner and preferred television to talking with...
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Betsy Drake dies at 92; gave up acting career to marry Cary Grant
LATimes - over 1 year
When actress Betsy Drake gave up her career to become a housewife, the role never really took. The husband she sought so desperately to please was Cary Grant. And though he was deemed one of the world's most desirable men, he often fell asleep after dinner and preferred television to talking with...
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Betsy Drake, Movie and Stage Actress, Dies at 92
NYTimes - over 1 year
Ms. Drake, who starred alongside Cary Grant after bumping into him on the Queen Mary, eloped with him and remained married to him longer than any of his other wives.
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Dr. Franklin Ruehl, Ph.D.: A Tribute to Versatile Actor Warren Stevens!
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Alien! Scientist! Gunslinger! Detective! Lancer! Criminal! These are among the numerous roles veteran character actor Warren Stevens handled most ably during his long and extensive movie and TV career. Sadly, Stevens passed away last week at the age of 92. He had been quite active until recently, having appeared in The Trail to Hope Rose (Hallmark Channel, 2004) and ER (2006). And, he had been a regular figure at Hollywood conventions where fans gather to meet their favorite stars of yesteryear. As a sci-fi buff, I was especially enamored of his many roles in this genre, such as Rojan, an alien from the Andromeda galaxy bent on conquering the Milky Way galaxy in the Star Trek episode, "By Any Other Name" (1968), professor Eric Plummer possessed by an alien presence in the The Outer Limits episode, "Keeper of the Purple Twilight" (1964), and scientist Dr.Carl Zellar encountering a time traveler (Michael Rennie) from earth's future attempting to prevent the creation of cybo ...
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Joan Blondell Movie Schedule: STAND-IN, CRY HAVOC, KONA COAST - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Cast: Tony Randall, Jayne Mansfield, Betsy Drake. C-93 mins, Letterbox Format. 4:15 AM KONA COAST (1968) A Hawaiian boat captain tries to prove a wealthy playboy killed his daughter. Dir: Lamont Johnson. Cast: Richard Boone, Vera Miles, Joan Blondell
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GRACE KELLY PHOTO AT SAHARA A WEDDING GIFT FOR PRINCE ALBERT - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Google News - over 5 years
Left to right: actor Cary Grant; his wife, Betsy Drake; actor Ray Bolger; and Kelly, April 11, 1955, in front of the Sahara. Grant co-starred with Kelly in "To Catch a Thief" in 1955. Kelly won the Oscar for "The Country Girl" in 1955,
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Before Gossip Was Gawkerfied - Wall Street Journal
Google News - over 5 years
Thus, one reads a mystifying squib about Cary Grant and his third wife, the actress Betsy Drake, who was sailing to New York on the doomed liner Andrea Doria in 1956 while Grant was filming "The Pride and the Passion" with Sophia Loren in Spain
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Cary Grant Wasn't Gay, Says His Daughter - Village Voice (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
"When asked if Dad was gay, Betsy Drake had the best answer: 'I don't know, we were always too busy fucking for me to ask'. "The gay rumor normally seemed funny to Dad," continues Jennifer, except when he sued Chevy Chase for slander, of course
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Mixed Reviews for Playhouse's 'Beyond Therapy' - Patch.com
Google News - almost 6 years
These can be as obscure as a mention of 1950s film actress Betsy Drake, who happened to grow up in Westport, or as broad as the constant romantic chatter about marrying and settling in Connecticut. The dream-home talks culminate in a “Say the first
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Beyond Therapy at Westport Country Playhouse - Hartford Advocate
Google News - almost 6 years
These can be as obscure as a mention of 1950s film actress Betsy Drake, who happened to grow up in Westport, or as broad as the constant romantic chatter about marrying and settling in Connecticut. The dream-home talks culminate in a “Say the first
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Betsy Drake
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 91
    Drake spent the latter part of her life in London, where she died aged 92 on October 27, 2015.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1958
    Age 34
    Grant and Drake separated in 1958, remaining friends, and divorced in 1962.
    More Details Hide Details Their marriage constituted his longest union. Grant credited her with broadening his interests beyond his career and with introducing him to the then-legal LSD therapy, which he claimed helped him finally to achieve a degree of mental peace, and to hypnosis, which he used to successfully quit smoking. Later, Drake took LSD as a way of recovering from the trauma of divorce. Drake had no children with Grant.
  • 1956
    Age 32
    In July 1956, Drake survived the sinking of the Italian ocean liner SS Andrea Doria.
    More Details Hide Details At the time, she had been visiting Grant in Spain and was returning to the United States. She boarded the Doria, along with dozens of other wealthy travelers and tourists, at Gibraltar, which was one of many stops the ship made between her home port of Genoa and her final destination of New York. Drake sailed as a first-class passenger, occupying a single cabin on the ship's boat deck. When the Doria collided with the Stockholm, Drake waited with the other passengers for rescue, as the ship's severe list rendered half the Dorias lifeboats useless. She was among more than 700 people rescued from the Doria by the famed French passenger liner Ile de France. Drake wrote the original script for the film Houseboat (1958), starring Grant, who originally intended that she would star with him. However, after Grant began an affair with Sophia Loren while filming The Pride and the Passion (1957), Grant arranged for Loren to take Drake's place in Houseboat, with a rewritten script for which Drake did not receive credit. The affair ended in bitterness before The Pride and the Passions filming ended, causing problems on the Houseboat set.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1949
    Age 25
    On Christmas Day 1949, Drake and Grant married in a private ceremony organized by Grant's best man, Howard Hughes, and deliberately chose a low-key, introspective private life.
    More Details Hide Details They delved into transcendentalism, mysticism, and yoga. She took up causes including the plight of homeless children in Los Angeles. In 1954, they bought the "Las Palomas" estate in the Movie Colony neighborhood of Palm Springs, California. The couple co-starred in the radio series Mr. and Mrs. Blanding (1951). They appeared together in the comedy-drama Room for One More (1952), and Drake appeared in a number of leading roles in England and the U.S., and a supporting role in the satiric comedy film Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957). Drake subsequently gave up acting to focus on her other interests, such as writing. Under the name Betsy Drake Grant, her novel Children, You Are Very Little (1971) was published by Atheneum Books. She worked as a volunteer and studied at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, and earned a Master of Education degree from Harvard University.
  • 1947
    Age 23
    Cary Grant first spotted her in 1947 while she was performing in London.
    More Details Hide Details The two, who both happened to be returning to the U.S. on the, struck up an instant rapport. At the insistence of Grant, Drake was subsequently signed to a film contract by RKO Pictures and David Selznick, where she appeared, opposite Grant, in her first film, the romantic comedy Every Girl Should Be Married (1948). New York Times film critic Bosley Crowther called her performance “foxily amusing”.
    She returned to New York City and, in 1947, read for the director Elia Kazan for the lead role in the London company of the play Deep Are the Roots.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year, Drake was selected by Kazan as one of the founding members of the Actors Studio.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1929
    Age 5
    The Drakes lost their money in the 1929 stock-market crash.
    More Details Hide Details As a result, she returned to the U.S. on the with her parents, brothers, and a nanny. She grew up in Chicago, Westport, Connecticut, Washington, DC, Virginia, North Carolina, and New York City. She went to 12 different schools, both private and public, before concentrating on theatre and acting at National Park Seminary. She began looking for work as an actress in New York City, supporting herself by working as a Conover model. She met the playwright Horton Foote, who offered her a job as an understudy in his play Only the Heart, which enabled her to join the Actors' Equity Association and thus become a professional actress. After coming to the attention of the producer Hal Wallis, Drake was pressured by her agent to sign a Hollywood contract. She hated Hollywood and managed to get herself released from the contract by declaring herself insane.
  • 1923
    Born
    Born on September 11, 1923.
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