Cary Grant was adored by millions of love-struck female fans — but in real life, the snooty “North by Northwest” hunk was the cheapest man in Tinseltown!
According to Australian-born designer pal Orry-Kelly — who once shared an apartment with a then-unknown Archibald Leach (Cary’s birth name) — the snobbish star “didn’t want to associate with folks who’d known him before he was famous!”
In his just-released book, “Women I’ve Undressed,” the late Orry, who won an Oscar for “An American in Paris,” reveals British-born Cary handed him a $360.48 bill for bar and dinner tabs he’d picked up during their lean years.
Furious, Orry paid off his friend — and Cary took the dough without a blink.
The designer also recalled Cary offering his “His Girl Friday” co-star Rosalind Russell use of his spare Rolls-Royce.
“She looked pleased until Grant added: ‘Call my agents. They will give you the rental fee and cost of the chauffeur!’”