Katharine Hepburn: ”Cary Grant, I think, is a personality functioning, a delicious personality who has learnt to do certain things marvellously well,”


Devastatingly handsome, practically imperturbable and as elegant as a Cole Porter lyric, Mr. Grant was a beloved figure in American film for over 30 years. From his first leading role in ”She Done Him Wrong” (1933) – it was to Mr. Grant that Mae West uttered the famous, oft-misquoted line ”Why don’t you come up sometime and see me?” – through his last film, ”Walk Don’t Run” (1966), he seemed an ageless personification of debonair grace.

Mr. Grant made 72 films, including ”Sylvia Scarlett” (1936), ”Topper” (1937), ”Bringing Up Baby” (1938), ”Holiday” (1938), ”Gunga Din” (1939), ”Only Angels Have Wings” (1939), ”His Girl Friday” (1940), ”The Philadelphia Story” (1941), ”Arsenic and Old Lace” (1944), ”Night and Day” (1946), ”Notorious” (1946), ”I Was a Male War Bride” (1949), ”To Catch a Thief” (1955), ”An Affair to Remember” (1957), ”North by Northwest” (1959), ”That Touch of Mink” (1962) and ”Charade” (1963).

Although he was twice nominated for an Academy Award – for his portrayal of a star-crossed newspaperman in ”Penny Serenade” (1941) and for his impersonation of a London street tough in the 1944 film ”None but the Lonely Heart” – it was not until 1970, after his career was over, that he received a special Oscar, inscribed ”to Cary Grant, for his unique mastery of the art of film acting.”

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