1898-01-23

On this date the American motion picture actor RANDOLPH SCOTT was born.Known for his roles in films as diverse as “Follow the Fleet”, “The Last of the Mohicans,” “High, Wide, and Handsome” and “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm”

Although Scott achieved fame as a motion picture actor, he managed to keep a fairly low profile with his private life. Off screen he became good friends with Fred Astaire and Cary Grant. He met Grant on the set of Hot Saturday and shortly afterwards they began rooming together in a beach house in Malibu that became known as “Bachelor Hall.” They would live together, on and off, for about ten years, presumably because they liked each other’s company and wanted to save on living expenses (they were both considered notorious tightwads). As Scott shared “Bachelor Hall” with Cary Grant for twelve years, it was rumored that the two actors were romantically involved, and that the name “Bachelor Hall” and the reported parade of women there were invented by the studio who wanted to keep their valuable actors away from any public scandal.

In his book, Cary Grant: Grant’s Secret Sixth Marriage, Marc Eliot claims Grant had a sexual relationship with Scott after they met on the set of “Hot Saturday” (1932). In his book, Hollywood Gays, Boze Hadleigh, author of numerous books purporting to reveal the sexual orientation of celebrities, makes various claims for Scott’s homosexuality. He cites Gay director George Cukor who said about the homosexual relationship between the two: “Oh, Cary won’t talk about it. At most, he’ll say they did some wonderful pictures together. But Randolph will admit it – to a friend.” According to William J. Mann’s book, Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969, photographer Jerome Zerbe spent “three Gay months” in the movie colony taking many photographs of Grant and Scott, “attesting to their involvement in the Gay scene.” In 1995, Richard Blackwell published his autobiography From Rags to Bitches, where he declared he was lovers to both Cary Grant and Scott.