English-born actor Cary Grant (1904 - 1986) and American actress Grace Kelly (1929 - 1982) in a publicity still for 'To Catch A Thief', directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1955. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
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Cary Grant Considered Grace Kelly An Actress In A League Of Her Own
Alfred Hitchcock’s unforgettable 1955 film “To Catch a Thief” brought together two of Hollywood’s most iconic actors, Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. The film was instantly popular and has remained a classic, thanks largely to the charming performances of its two leads, and it was one of Kelly’s final performances before retiring.
Kelly starred opposite some of old Hollywood’s most well-known leading men, including Clark Gable and Jimmy Stewart, with Stewart always speaking highly of the actress, saying, “She was kind to everybody, so considerate, just great, and so beautiful.” Grant shared this sentiment, saying, “I’ve worked with many fine actresses. But in my opinion, the best actress I ever worked with was Grace Kelly.”
The actor continued his praise, adding, “Her mind was razor-keen, but she was relaxed while she was doing it. I appreciated that.” Although the two only worked together in “To Catch a Thief,” Grant and Kelly maintained a strong friendship after her retirement, and the actor would visit his former co-star at her home in Monaco.