An Evening Without Cary Grant – with J Douglas Miller

Zoom, Sunday 29 November 2020, 7.30pm GMT


On the anniversary of Cary Grant’s death we discuss his last day in Davenport Iowa with J Douglas Miller who was there.*

On 29 November 1986, Cary Grant died in Davenport Iowa on tour with his A Conversation With Cary Grant show. Join Cary Comes Home Festival director Charlotte Crofts for an informal chat with J Douglas Miller who was there, to mark Cary Grant’s death anniversary and how our plans to take the festival to Iowa have been delayed by the global pandemic.

According to Scott Eyman (2020), ‘Cary Grant typed out his wishes for his funeral in capital letters: “LIKE GROUCHO MARX I AM ADAMANT ABOUT NOT WANTING EITHER FLOWERS OR EULOGIES WHEN I’M GONE”‘

So, we don’t get too sentimental, but we do light a candle and have a moment to pay our respects to the “best and most important actor in the history of Cinema” (David Thomson).

*Due to a technical hitch Douglas had to dial in via phone but you can hear him load and clear.

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