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Cary Grant & LSD * 2
    #2235298 - 01/11/04 08:58 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)



"When I first began experimentation, ... the drug seemed to loosen deeper fears, as sleep does a nightmare. I had horrifying experiences as participant and spectator, but, with each session, became happier, both while experiencing the drug and in periods between . . . I feel better and feel certain there is curative power in the drug itself."

Cary Grant, lead actor in Hitchcock's North by Northwest and countless other films of the mid 20th century, was an advocate of LSD. Pretty interesting indeed. I just thought a post dedicated to him was in order. More info here...

http://www.liveland.com/stars/cgrantlsd.htm


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Re: Cary Grant & LSD [Re: kosmic_charlie]
    #2235664 - 01/12/04 12:18 AM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Extract from CARY GRANT - THE LONELY HEART
By Charles Higham and Roy Moseley

.....And it was during Houseboat that he began to experiment with lysergic acid, or LSD. It is possible that Cary may have been aware of LSD as the so-called "Truth Drug" employed by both British and American military intelligence men in order to obtain information from prisoners. The effect of lysergic acid was to remove inhibitions and to release the unconcious mind; the drug was used in cases of sexual impotence. It had a deeper and more lasting effect than hypnosis, emphasising every aspect of the human mind to an extraordinary degree. The good and bad elements in the psyche were unleashed, in sessions that made the subject see colours and smell scents in a way that was not possible in normal conditions. The memory chain was opened up, often with painful consequences.

This was a severe challenge, and on top of it the LSD patient has to deal with marvellous or horrifying hallucinations. Acid, as LSD became popularly known, can cause an individual to walk into his own bathroom and suddenly see violent streaks of colour in the basin, a flushing lavatory like Niagara Falls, a face in a mirror that turns into that of a gila monster, a vision of oneself as a baby or an old, dying human being, a magnificent athlete or a cripple. The patient can become violently hysterical or rigidly catatonic. For some people, the experience of LSD produced nausea, terror and despair. For others it brought exhilaration, visions of transcendent beuty and the confidence to deal with anything. Cary Grant went into LSD treatments to overcome his constant self doubts, his characteristic actor's feeling of unworthiness, of being less than a man, the pain of human relationships and the tormenting memories of his childhood.

He wanted to be the impossible: an average, "normal", uncomplicated human being who could experience simple happiness. But the fairy-godmothers who had bestowed upon him his many gifts exacted the familiar price of depriving him of the very things he wanted most. His actor's egomania would not tolerate such misjudgement on the part of the guardians and kindness, looks, and, more than that, the ability to enjoy day-to-day living without complications and without conflicting thoughts, the ability to relax, the ability to love and be loved, which of course starts with loving oneself. And for all his efforts, for all the rollercoaster rides of acid treatments, there were no signs that his wishes were to be fulfilled.

He underwent carefully guided treatments with two of the leading proselytisers of the new cure-all: Dr. Mortimer Hartmann and Dr. Oscar Janiger. He conferred with Aldous Huxley, one of the self-appointed shamens of mescalin, and he soon encounter the ineffable Timothy Leary, whose conversion to this use of the drug eventually gained him international notoriety as the idol of millions of students.




Leary recalls that Cary had been involved with LSD for five years before Leary became the chief glorifier of the drug. He met Cary through a mutual friend, Virginia Dennison, a student teacher in the Ramakrishna Vedanta group, of which Huxley and Christopher Isherwood were adherents. Miss Dennison had taught Cary yoga. Leary was in San Francisco with his girlfriend, Peggy Hitchcock, and Cary invited the couple to lunch at his office. Leary says: "It was a thrill because it was the first time I'd been in a movie studio. Cary Grant was always my idol. When I was young I modelled myself on him; I'm very pleased, I think I made a wise choice. Cary was eager to meet me."

Later Cary told Leary how he discovered a love for Elsie Leach for the first time because of LSD; the drug enabled him to knit up some ravelled threads of his life. Over the years, Cary saw a good deal of Leary: he was helpful to the younger man, giving him advice on many things, including film making, in which Leary wanted to be involved. He questioned Leary closely when he started a training centre for the use of psychedelic drugs in Mexico, and Cary wanted to visit Leary there, but the Mexican Government closed the centre down. Leary insists:

    The joke of all this is that, in a sense, Cary Grant got me into psychedelic experiences .* I was
    a psychologist, from Havard, 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; I had written books on the subject, because I felt that doctors shooting patients
    up and giving them pills was making them into an assembly-line cure. I knew that the truth
    drugs were being used by the CIA and the KGB, and that LSD was being used in chemical
    warefare, so I was much against it. Cary Changed my Views. He converted me.

    *It was generally claimed that the reverse was true.

Cary began telling anyone who would listen that he was gaining strength through his treatments; he was finding happiness for the first time in his life. He would turn up on Saturday afternoons ath the offices of Dr. Hartmann and Dr. Arthur Chandler, stretch out on a couch with an eye shield, block his ears with wax, and revisit his past while music was played in the near darkness. He wrote later: "I passed through changing seas of horrifying and happy thoughts, through a montage of intense love and hate, reassembling, through terrifying depths of dark despair replaced by heaven-like religious symbolism." In another place he would also write:

    I had to forgive my parents for what they didn't know and love them for wha they did pass
    down - how to brush my teeth, how to comb my hair, how to be polite, that sort of thing.
    Things were being discharged. The experience was just like being born for the first time; I
    imagined all the blood and urine and emerged with the first flush of birth. It was absolute
    release. You are still able to feed yourself, of course, drive your car, that kind of thing, but
    you've lost a lot of the tension.

He added that all human beings were "unconciously holding their anuses". In one LSD dream, he
defacated all over the psychiatrists office rug. In another dream, he became an enormous penis, shooting of from earth like a spaceship. He realised that in his earlier days he had despised himself. Betsy Drake also went on record on LSD. She wrote, "You learn to die under [it]. You face up to all the urges in you - love, sex, jealousy, the wish to kill. Freud is the road-map."

Cary had several further discussions with Timothy Leary. Leary says:

    He took me aside and started pouring out things to me.... The LSD experience is a
    life-changing experience. Today, people are cool, they don't talk about it. But in the sixties,
    with everyone running around, taking off their clothes and saying they'd found God, and
    John Lennon eating LSD like popcorn, people talked about it a lot. Actors are insatiable
    neurotics. Actors depend upon getting love all the time. After all, Cary was the focus of a
    hundred million women lusting after him. You couldn't expect him to be like the guy
    next-door; he was carrying the weight and freight of the world's fantasies. LSD helped him
    with his burdens. And 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.

Leary comments further upon other reasons why Cary needed LSD:
    All actors are impossibly sensitive and impossibly questioning. If the phone doesn't ring every minute they're worried nobody loves them anymore. This is not a neurosis that normal people have. I don't mean to say that you can equate this neurosis with the kind of self-questioning
of a man like Cary.










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Re: Cary Grant & LSD [Re: Learyfan] * 1
    #2235710 - 01/12/04 12:36 AM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Wow, so Cary Grant was actually a catalyst in bringing about Leary's fascination with the psychedelic experience. That's an interesting bit of history.


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Re: Cary Grant & LSD [Re: kosmic_charlie]
    #14673952 - 06/26/11 10:44 AM (5 years, 5 months ago)

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kosmic_charlie said:
Wow, so Cary Grant was actually a catalyst in bringing about Leary's fascination with the psychedelic experience.  That's an interesting bit of history.




I guess so.  I forgot all about this thread and about Grant actually having influenced Leary. 















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