CARY GRANT: Suave, sophisticated, and endlessly entertaining are just a few ways that fans would describe Cary Grant. After holding his own while starring opposite saucy sexpot Mae West in a pair of films in the early 1930’s ,Grant went on to become the most in demand leading man of the following three decades. Over the course of his career, he played a wide array of parts ranging from conflicted dramatic heroes to hapless comedic foils with equal skill. Unfortunately, Grant was and continues to be better known for his leading man good looks than his dramatic depth, and was unfairly overlooked as a mere ‘pretty face’ throughout his career. Beneath his debonair persona, however, lay a deep internal torment as he spent his life battling a severe case of depression, which led him to experiment with various forms of therapy and mood altering drugs, including prescribed LSD. He was nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Actor for his roles in the dramas Penny Serenade and Suspicion, and was reportedly elated when he finally received an Academy Honorary Award in 1970. Today, Cary Grant is one of the most easily recognizable actors of Hollywood’s Golden Era and was recently ranked as the second greatest star on the American Film Institute’s list of Greatest Male Stars of All Time. Oh, and for the record, he never did say, “Judy, Judy, Judy”, although he did utter a slew of unforgettable lines throughout his expansive career.
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