Six Degrees of Separation: from Cary Grant to

Six Degrees avec Cary Grant

… Elizabeth Taylor
Grant played an ex-husband who comes and causes havoc on the eve of his ex-wife’s wedding to her new beau, in the hilarious comedy, The Philadelphia Story (1940), and the wife was played by the ballsy Katharine Hepburn (1), and Hepburn was portrayed by Cate Blanchett (2) in The Aviator (2004), who played Queen Elizabeth – I (3) in Elizabeth (1998), and the teenage years of Queen Elizabeth – I, was portrayed by Jean Simmons (4) in Young Bess (1953), who appeared in The Robe (1953), the first film released in the widescreen format known as ‘Cinemascope’, opposite Richard Burton (5), who was ‘famously’ married to Elizabeth Taylor (6), and married her, not once, but twice, and they happen to be one of the most talked about couples in Hollywood history till date.

… Princess Margaret  
Grant worked with Alfred Hitchcock (1) in many a movies, and Hitchcock directed Jamaica Inn (1939) based on a novel by Daphne Du Maurier (2), and the television remake, Jamaica Inn (1983), starred Jane Seymour (3), who played a Bond girl in Live and Let Die (1973), and the first Bond girl of the Big screen happens to be Ursula Andress (4), from Dr. No (1962), and Andress also acted in the most famous non-Bond Bond flick, Casino Royale (1967), which also starred Peter Sellers (5), who at one time had an affair with Princess Margaret (6), and they might have even got married, but if she did she so she would have had to renounce her royal privileges.

… Brigitte Bardot
Grant acted in Blonde Venus (1932), with Marlene Dietrich (1), whose famous ‘Gorilla Suit’ dance number was recreated by Bernardo Bertolucci (2), sans the ‘Gorilla Suit’, in the one of best films made on film buffs, The Dreamers (2003), which also starred French actor Louis Garrel (3), who acted in Beloved (2011), which also starred Catherine Deneuve (4), who at one time was the lover of Roger Vadim (5), who was previously married to the 1950’s French sex symbol, Brigitte Bardot (6) who took Europe by storm back in the foxy 50’s, with her nonchalant display of her sexuality.

… Simonetta Stefanelli
Grant co-starred with Sophia Loren (1), in The Pride and the Passion (1957), and Loren appeared in Nine (2009), which also starred Penélope Cruz (2), who came in All the Pretty Horses (2000), with Matt Damon (3), who acted in School Ties (1992), which also saw Chris O’Donnell (4) doing his first (and most probably only) nude scene with great discomfort, as O’Donnell had mentioned later, in a boys shower fight sequence, who starred with Al Pacino (5) in Scent of a Woman (1992), and Pacino starred in The Godfather (1972), in which Italian actress Simonetta Stefanelli (6) played Pacino’s first wife, who gets killed in a car bomb.

… Sharmila Tagore
Grant starred opposite Ingrid Bergman (1) in Notorious (1946), whose daughter Isabella Rossellini (2), appeared in Death Becomes Her (1992), which was directed by Robert Zemeckis (3), and Zemeckis directed Tom Hanks (4) in Forrest Gump (1994), for which Hanks, who played the titular character, won an Oscar in 1995, as he did the previous year as well, for playing a man suffering from AIDS, who sues his employer, for firing him on unethical grounds in Philadelphia (1993), in which Denzel Washington (5) played his lawyer, who appeared in Mississippi Masala (1991), which also starred 60’s Bollywood Bombshell, who was famous for being the first mainstream Bollywood actress to don a skimpy bikini way back in the 60’s, as much as for her acting talent, Sharmila Tagore (6).

… Helena Boehm Carter
Grant appeared in Charade (1963) with Audrey Hepburn (1), in the re-make of which, The Truth about Charlie (2002), starred Thandie Newton (2), who came in the racial drama Crash (2004), which co-starred Sandra Bullock (3), who appeared in the romantic comedy Two Weeks Notice (2002) opposite Hugh Grant (4), and Grant came in Maurice (1987), set in Edwardian period, where Grant played a supporting role of a man that denounces his sexuality and marries a woman, questioning his deceit unto himself; and this movie was based on a controversial novel by E.M. Forster (5), another one of whose novels was the basis for the movie Room with a view (1985), which starred British actress Helena Bonham Carter (6).

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