In the most improbable of auto accidents, a two-tire wheel assembly detached itself from a trailer truck on the Long Island Expressway and smashed into a limousine carrying Cary Grant, 64. The accident mashed the priceless Grant nose, bruised his expensive ribs, and dispatched the actor for nearly a week's stay at St. John's Hospital, where he shared a semiprivate room with the limousine's driver. Also hospitalized: Gratia von Furstenberg, 23, a cousin of Actress Betsy von Furstenberg, who was accompanying Grant to the airport to see him off, and wound up at St. John's instead with a fractured leg and collarbone.
Said Cary: “I feel like a Grade B movie.”
In photo, Grant is seen leaving St. John’s thanking Sister Thomas Francis, Administrator of the hospital.