Who Was Betsy Drake?

Celebrity Q&A
December 23, 2012

Cary Grant’s actress-wife survived sinking of ‘Andrea Doria’ and became psychotherapist


What can you tell me about Betsy Drake, who was married to Cary Grant?
—Richard McFahy, Blue Bell, Pa.

Drake, 89, was born to American expatriates in Paris, France, and grew up in the United States. She started acting in junior college, then went to New York City searching for work and became a model. Making the acquaintance of playwright Horton Foote, she began her career as an understudy in his play “Only the Heart.” She and Grant were married from 1949 to 1962 and made two films together, “Every Girl Should Be Married” and “Room for One More.” Drake, who survived the sinking of the Italian ocean liner the “SS Andrea Doria” in 1956, later became a psychotherapist and writer.


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