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I was his best audience. Between takes he would tell cockney jokes and have me in stitches. He appeared never to take himself seriously and that was a large part of his charm.

- Irene Dunne

Clip from “My Favorite Wife” (1940)

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One thing about Cary, he was afraid of sentiment. He was leery of a scene with the little girl in ‘Penny Serenade’ in which he had to break down and cry. The director, George Stevens, had to convince him that he would never regret having exposed his emotions.

- Irene Dunne

Trivia: Cary Grant was nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance on Penny Serenade (1941) and None but the Lonely Heart (1944) - two of his serious roles - but he never won.