Betsy Drake, a former actress and the third wife of actor Cary Grant, died on October 27 at the age of 92.
According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Drake wasn’t just married to Cary Grant. She actually starred opposite him in Every Girl Should Be Married and Room for One More.
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) November 11, 2015
Betsy Drake met Cary Grant back in 1949 when they were on board the Queen Mary headed back to the U.S. from England. They married just a few months later on Christmas Day. She was 26 and he was 45.
The two moved to Hollywood and starred in a radio series called Mr. and Mrs. Blanding. Betsy Drake eventually switched from acting to writing. She wrote the script for the film Houseboat, in which she planned to star opposite her husband. He had by then started cheating on Drake with Sophia Loren, so he arranged for Loren to take Betsy Drake’s place in the film.
Can you imagine someone trying to pull off a stunt like that in Hollywood today?
RIP, Betsy Drake. https://t.co/l9rt9vcB4g
— Warner Archive (@WarnerArchive) November 11, 2015
Drake and Grant divorced in 1962, and even though he married again, actually remained friends until he died in 1986.
Following their divorce, Betsy Drake moved to London, where she died just over two weeks ago.
Can you imagine the incredible stories about Hollywood legends that died with Betsy Drake?