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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Cary
Grant, whose masculine elegance
and darkly handsome features made
him an unrivaled star of both
sophisticated comedy and chilling
intrigue for more than 30 years, has
died of a massive stroke at the age
The debonair leading man with
the dimpled chin and clipped accent
died at 11:22 p.m. CST Saturday at
St. Luke's Hospital in Davenport,
Iowa, where he was to appear in a
90-minute program that included a
talk and clips from his movies.
He had appeared well at re -
hearsals that afternoon, then seemed
to weaken, said Lois Jecklin,
director of Visiting Artists, which
sponsored A Conversation with
Cary Grant. His condition deter -
"There was nothing that could be
done. There's no intervention when
something like this happens," said
James Gilson, the cardiologist who
His body reportedly was returned
early yesterday to California.
There was no immediate word on
Grant was one of the biggest
names in movie history, starring in
such classics as The Philadelphia
Story, Bringing Up Baby, and
North by Northwest. But his only
Oscar came after his retirement. He
seemed to have been born as
aristocrat, but his father was a
presser in a garment factory. He
was the idol of millions of women
around the world, but his private
life often was troubled.
"I pretended to be somebody I
wanted to be, and I finally became
that person," Grant once said. "Or
he became me. Or we met at some
point. It's a relationship."
It was a singularly successful
relationship, one that began in
1932 and filled the big screen with
72 movies until 1966, when his
last film, Walk, Don't Run, was
Grant, wrote film critic Pauline
Kael, "had the longest romantic
reign in the short history of
movies." He was paired with
Katharine Hepburn, Myrna Loy,
Audrey Hepburn, and Grace Kelly.
~ary Grant dead
To him Mae West tendered the
most famous, and frequently mis -
quoted, proposition in movie
history: "Why don't you come up
sometime and see me?"
He was born Archibald Leach on
January 18, 1904, in Bristol, Eng -
land, the only child of an unhappy
marriage. His father often was
withdrawn and his mother filled
him with dreams of wealth and
taught him to sing and dance.
When he was nine, his mother
was placed in a mental institution,
and the boy did not see her for 20
years. When he was 13, Archie ran
away from home to join a boys'
troupe, but his father retrieved him.
He later rejoined the group, but left
it in 1922 in New York, taking on
a variety of jobs, including stilt-
walker at Coney Island, a slapstick
mime on the vaudeville circuit and
a straight man for comedy acts. He
began dressing with conservative
elegance and was a hit with New
By 1931 he had a movie contract
with Paramount and a new name:
Cary, for a part he'd had in a play,
and Grant, chosen from a list
prepared by the studio.
He made seven films in his first
year, including Blonde Venus, with
Marlene Dietrich. Then he caught
the eye of Mae West, who cast him
opposite her in She Done Him
Wrong, and I'm No Angel. Both
were box office smashes.
In 1937 he left Paramount, and
the most memorable roles of his
career followed. The danger that
seemed to lurk beneath the charm
made him the perfect lead for such
Hitchcock thrillers as Suspicion and
To Catch a Thief. His accent made
him a favorite with impressionists,
but he never said, "Judy, Judy,
He was nominated for Academy
Awards for Penny Serenade, and
None but the Lonely Heart, and in
1970 he received an honorary Oscar
for "his unique mastery of the art of
Grant, who became a U.S.
citizen in 1942. amassed a fortune
estimated as high as $40 million.
The late Cary Grant with Mae West in 'Blue Angel.'
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