Monday, November 29, 2010

And how old Judy, Judy, Judy?

Cary Grant, born Archibald Leach in Bristol, England in 1904, died on this day in 1986. He was named the second Greatest Male Star of All Time by the American Film Institute.

Alfred Hitchcock, notorious for disliking actors, said that Grant was "the only actor I ever loved." Grant starred in Hitchcock's Notorious, Suspicion, To Catch a Thief and North by Northwest. In the latter film, he was older than the woman who played his mother.

Grant, who played romantic leads into his sixties, was always reticent about his age. Once a journalist sent his agent this telegram: How old Cary Grant?

Grant picked up the cable himself and replied: Old Cary Grant fine. How you?