Betsy Drake (born September 11, 1923) is an American actress, best remembered as the third wife of actor Cary Grant.
Drake, the eldest child of two American expatriates, was born in Paris in 1923. Although her grandfather, Tracy Drake, and great uncle, John Drake (1872-1964), had built the Drake Hotel in Chicago, IL, the Drakes lost their money in the 1929 stock market crash, which forced her to pay for drama lessons by modeling and working as a switchboard operator.
Cary Grant first spotted her in 1947 in the London production of "Deep Are The Roots" and the two, who happened to be returning to the United States on the same ship, struck up an instant rapport. Betsy Drake was subsequently signed to a movie contract by RKO and David Selznick, appearing in her first film Every Girl Should Be Married (opposite Grant) in 1948.
On Christmas Day 1949 they were married, and purposefully chose a low-key, introspective private life. In 1952 they appeared together in the film Room for One...
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Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? is a 1957 20th Century Fox comedy motion picture starring Jayne Mansfield and Tony Randall, with Betsy Drake, Joan Blondell, John Williams, Henry Jones, Lili Gentle, Mickey Hargitay, and a cameo by Groucho Marx.
It was directed by Frank Tashlin. He also adapted the story for the screen, based on the successful Broadway play Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter by George Axelrod. The Broadway play ran from 1955-1956 and also starred Jayne Mansfield.
Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? received a nomination for a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy (Tony Randall) and a nomination for the Writers Guild of America WGA Award (Screen) for Best Written American Comedy (Frank Tashlin). The character, Rita Marlowe, is loosely based on Marilyn Monroe.
In 2000, the United States Library of Congress deemed the movie "culturally significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.
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The Second Woman is a black-and-white 1951 film melodrama, in the style of a film noir.
This psychological thriller tells the story of Jeff Cohalan (Robert Young). He's a successful architect who is tormented by the fact that his fiancée was killed in a mysterious car accident on the night before their wedding. Blaming himself for her death, Colahan spends his time alone, lamenting in the state-of-the-art cliff-top home he'd designed for his bride-to-be.
Cohalan also notices that ever since the accident, he seems to be followed by bad luck. His horse and dog turn up dead without explanation, leading him to wonder if he has been cursed.
He meets a woman named Ellen (Betsy Drake), and they are immediately attracted to each other. She soon learns about Jeff's past and begins to realize that Jeff may be much more dangerous than he seems.
Betsy Drake was born