As unemployment has driven me to watch lots of classic films (thank you, free public library!), today’s hottie is a vintage one – the one, the only Cary Grant (1904-86).
One of Hollywood’s most famous and popular leading men, Grant is known for such great films as Bringing up Baby (1938), The Philadelphia Story (1940), North by Northwest (1959) and Charade (1963) among many others, the latter co-starring former Vili Flik hottie Audrey Hepburn.
Despite being one of the most iconic Hollywood stars, Grant was in fact English (why do all the hottest Americans turn out not to be American at all..?), and his given name was not Cary Grant, but Archibald Alexander Leach. Admittedly, I can see why he might consider changing that. Doesn’t really have the same ring to it as his shorter and more snappy stage name (a name which, incidentally, was chosen partly because the initials had proved successful before – for Clark Gable and Gary Cooper).
Charming, funny, handsome and talented, it’s no wonder Grant made a splash in Hollywood, working as a leading man well into his late fifties. However, after being the romantic interest of Audrey Hepburn, 25 years his junior, in Charade, he apparently started to find the whole thing embarrassing – feeling too old to be cast opposite increasingly younger women. Soon thereafter he retired, making 1966’s Walk, Don’t Run his last appearance on the silver screen.