Cary Grant was a famous Hollywood leading man, but never won an acting Oscar award, until he was presented with an honorary one by Frank Sinatra in 1970. He is perhaps the definitive Hollywood leading man, known for playing suave, cool, and sophisticated characters with a whacky style and comic flair.
Born in England, Cary Grant started out onstage and in vaudeville before switching over to film. His films include Blonde Venus, Bringing Up Baby, His Girl Friday, The Philadelphia Story, Arsenic and Old Lace, I Was a Male War Bride, Penny Serenade, None but the Lonely Heart, North by Northwest, Notorious, Suspicion, To Catch a Thief, Indiscreet, The Touch of Mink, and Charade.
Katherine Hepburn is one of the best-loved stars of cinema, but it took her a while to get going. In fact, before The Philadelphia Story, which cemented her star status, Hepburn had a reputation for being "box office poison" and for ruining films. George Cukor, however, believed in her, and when she bought the rights to The Philadelphia Story as a vehicle for herself, he happily agreed to direct. Her role as Tracy Lord is one of her best-loved and it showcased her elegant, angular beauty, her sophisticated wit, and her unique style. Of her character Tracy, Hepburn said, "I gave her life and she gave me back my career."
She appeared in 53 films and television series during her illustrious career. She won 4 Oscars and is known for such films as The Lion in Winter, The Philadelphia Story, On Golden Pond, The Rainmaker, Woman of the Year, Alice Adams, Morning Glory, The African Queen, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?, Adam's Rib, Suddenly, Last Summer, and Long Day's Journey into Night.
James Stewart has become an icon for his role as George Bailey in Frank Capra's classic holiday film, It's a Wonderful Life. He was one of Hollywood's biggest stars and is known for a wide range of films including Vertigo, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Anatomy of A Murder, The Philadelphia Story, You Can't Take It With You, Rope, Rear Window, The Spirit of St. Louis, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and How the West Was Won. He appeared in 122 films and television series during his long career in the pictures. He was nominated for 5 Oscars, winning one for The Philadelphia Story for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
Ruth Hussey was nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her work in The Philadelphia Story. She appeared in 69 films and television series during her film-acting career which began in 1937. She is known for such films as The Uninvited, Northwest Passage, The Philadelphia Story, and The Women.
John Howard's career began in 1934. His most notable work includes roles in films such as Bulldog Drummond's Peril, The Philadelphia Story, and Bulldog Drummond Comes Back.
John Halliday had a reputation for playing aristocratic characters onstage and onscreen in such films as Lydia, Intermezzo, and The Philadelphia Story.
Mary Nash began her career in vaudeville and in theater, before appearing in such films as Heidi, The Little Princess, The Philadelphia Story, The Human Comedy, and Cobra Woman.
Virginia Wiedler was a popular child actress known for her roles in such films as Souls at Sea, The Women, The Philadelphia Story, All This and Heaven Too, and Babes on Broadway.
The Philadelphia Story Questions and Answers
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