Cary Grant's Only Daughter On What Kind Of Father He Was: "Dad, And Our Time Together, Is In My Bones"

January 15, 2019

Cary Grant, a legendary actor from the best days of Hollywood, has been gone for more than three decades, and his films are still remembered and loved by many. But his greatest legacy, in his own words, isn’t the films. It’s his only child, Jennifer Grant.

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Welcoming his only child

Grant married actress Dyan Cannon in 1965. Their daughter, Jennifer, arrived next year when Grant was 62.

Imagine welcoming your first and only child in your sixties! The actor was consumed by being a new parent and even retired from acting to devote whatever time he had left to raising his daughter.

How Jennifer remembers her dad

Grant and Cannon divorced when Jennifer was 2 years old. Cannon never got in the way of her ex-husband and their daughter spending time together, and the actor had twenty wonderful years with Jen until his passing in 1986.

Jennifer (who, by the way, followed in her parents’ footsteps and became an actress) remembers Grant as a caring and loving father who was endlessly devoted to her.

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In 2011, she wrote a touching memoir titled Good Stuff: A Reminiscence of My Father, Cary Grant. In the book, Jennifer wrote about her childhood, a time when her dad gave everything she wanted and needed, and more. And most importantly, she revealed a side of him no one but she knew.

The actor had labels such as ‘heartthrob’ and ‘ladies’ man’ attached to his name by others, but he was, first and foremost, a loving dad – that was the highlight of his whole life. Jennifer, who had a hard time coming to terms with his passing when she was only 20, wrote in the book:

The grief of losing my father has come in waves over the years, as it does with most people. His love and devotion as a father provided my closest, most intimate relationship. Dad, and our time together, is in my bones.


What Jennifer wants us to know about her dad

Before the book came out, Jennifer discussed it in an interview with Parade. When asked about one thing she wanted people to know about her father, she replied:

His kind, charming demeanor was there, because he wanted to make things as easy as possible for everybody else. He was happy if he made life happy for others. He crafted himself in a way to be able to give the most. It wasn’t foolhardy, and it wasn’t by accident. And while it may have been natural, it took work and great intention and discipline to be who he was. His life was all about the joy he could mine and the joy he could give.


That’s how Cary Grant will be remembered by many. That’s how he wanted to be remembered by his daughter, and what could be more important than that?

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