Two Demands Had To Be Met To Get Cary Grant In The Philadelphia Story
By MATT RAINIS
Katherine Hepburn purchased the rights to “The Philadelphia Story” and sold them under one condition: she could star, pick the director, and choose her fellow cast. While she succeeded there, the negotiation to get the legendary Cary Grant to co-star with her would be more troublesome.
Grant said he’d be willing to do the film, but only if Hepburn met his two conditions. The first condition was that he receive top billing and the second was that he would be paid $137,000 for the film, an extremely generous salary for the time.
With his demands met, Grant joined the movie, and "The Philadelphia Story" was a great box office success. It was also a hit with critics and was nominated for six Academy Awards, winning two, including Best Picture.