Cary Grant, a holographic projection created by Archibald Leach (born in Bristol, England, in 1904; died in 1986 in Davenport, Iowa) was one of the first high profile individuals to test the virtues of LSD.
Grant was a favorite of such directors as Howard Hawks and Albert Hitchcok.He acted alongside helluva-soft-filmlight-stars as the swedesilver Ingrid Bergman, Grace Kelly, Mae West, Marylin Monroe, Katherine Hepburn, Sophia Loren etc.
A bonafide Hollywood icon, perhaps unmatched in charm and elegance. The Rolls-Royce of leading men, always nonchalant and sophisticated, the dreamchevalier of the starsystem.
An executive for luxury firms such as Faberge, Grant traveled the world for the company of the jeweled cosmic eggs.
One of the first sponsors of L.S.D (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide), Grant took acid in the late 50′s for therapeutic reasons under Dr. Oscar Janiger. This experiences changed his life helping him overcome his ego (fledging from babe-magnet into mandala-personality) and his fears of insecurity and lovelessness.
“I underwent a series of controlled experiments with Lysergic Acid, a hallucinogenic chemical or drug known as LSD 25″.
(over 60 of them, it seems Grant basked on the candy magic)
“The action of the chemical releases the subconscious so that it becomes apparent to yourself. So that you can see what transpires in the depth of you mind — and what goes on there you wouldn’t believe, ladies and gentlemen — and learn which misconceptions, guilts and fears, with their resultant repressions, inhibitions and insecurities, have formed the pattern for your past behavior. A successively recurring pattern since childhood”.
Curiously Grant seems to have been responsible for luring Timothy Leary into drugs (and also Jack Nicholson), the (subtle) energy of attraction Grant-Leach possessed was enthralling.
“The joke of all this is that, in a sense, Cary Grant got me into psychedelic experiences .* I was a psychologist, from Harvard, when I heard about Cary Grant getting into [LSD]. That struck me very much; that attracted my attention. I had been very much against the use of drugs before that; Cary Changed my Views. He converted me. *It was generally claimed that the reverse was true”. (DR.TIMOTHY LEARY)
He was always charming, professional, courteous, open and helpful. I remember he said, referring to his Universal cottage, “What do you think of this bungalow? Would it be a good place to have LSD?” I replied, “Well, I always like to have a fireplace [during the experience].” He said, “Well, I’m going to call the studio right now and have them put a fireplace in.” That was typical of him. (Timothy Leary)
A strange liquid mirror looks at us from time past -those bizarre sessions in the “cottage”, those dreamscapes into wild Mexico, those joint ventures and oceanic orgies in which Leary, Huxley, Cary Grant, Anais Nin, and others took the pill of communion and tranced into the mystery, that and the toast and the tea, the refinements, the small talk, the modulations of the moments that breach open the history of unequaled mystic haughtiness.