Gloria Hunniford Show - Stewart Granger

After berating Gloria Hunniford for not reading his book, Stewart Granger, the English-born star of 'Scaramouche' (1952) and 'The Prisoner of Zenda' (1952), talks about his life in Hollywood with wife and fellow star Jean Simmons. He recalls a harrowing period of ill health involving the loss of a lung following a mistaken diagnosis of cancer. He also speaks movingly about his friendship with fellow actor Rex Harrison, with whom he was starring in the Broadway production of 'The Circle' in 1990 when the veteran performer collapsed in his arms and later died in hospital.

Stewart Granger frequently did all his own stunt work and for his two major swashbucklers, 'Scaramouche' and 'The Prisoner of Zenda', took the task so seriously that he had lessons from an Olympic fencing champion, wearing out dozens of pairs of fencing shoes in the process.

This programme has been edited for copyright reasons.

↗ Originally broadcast 12 July 1990.

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