Thursday, 7 March 2013

Swash my buckle

This year sees the centenary of Britain's very own big-screen swashbuckler and matinee idol, Mr Stewart Granger.

Facts about the man:
  • Stewart Granger was the uncle of Antiques Roadshow's Bunny Campione.
  • He changed his name when he entered the movie world as there was already a James Stewart in Hollywood
  • During filming of Scaramouche, Granger was chasing Jose Ferrer over the backs of the seats of a theatre when he slipped and fell, twisting his knee. As he lay semi-conscious, thinking he was dead the director George Sidney uttered, "What the hell are we going to do? The film's only half finished."
  • Before he married his fourth wife Jean Simmons, he had a torrid affair with Deborah Kerr.
  • While doing a book-signing for his autobiography, he apparently recognised a frail elderly woman waiting in the queue - it was his former glamorous co-star Ava Gardner.

Stewart Granger (born James Leblanche Stewart, 6th May 1913 – 16th August 1993)


  1. It's not every day one gets to see Lew Ayres in sequined tights. Thank you.

    1. You are more than welcome, my dear! Jx


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