37¢ Cary Grant
Legends of Hollywood Series
Issue Date: October 15, 2002
City: Los Angeles, CA
Printed by: American Packaging Corporation for Sennett Security Products
Printing Method: Photogravure
Perforations: Serpentine Die Cut 10 ¾
Cary Grant (1904-1986) was born Archibald Leach in Bristol, England. As a young teenager, he joined a comic acrobat troupe. In 1920, the troupe went to the U.S. At the end of the tour, Grant chose to remain in America. He spent several more years in vaudeville, then turned to musical comedy, and finally headed to California.
Paramount studios screen-tested Grant, signed him to a five-year contract, and changed his name. When his contract expired, Grant became Hollywood’s first independent leading man. He made over 70 movies and starred with leading ladies like Mae West, Katharine Hepburn, and Grace Kelly in a variety of films, from screwball comedies to psychological dramas.
Although he excelled in drama and suspense, Cary Grant was best known for playing a funny, sophisticated, romantic, witty, debonair gentleman. The Cary Grant stamp is the eighth in the Legends of Hollywood Series.