Hollywood Stepped Out in High Style to Honor Cary Grant as MGM Put His Name in Lights Forever

updated 10/22/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/22/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Darling, the whole world is here," declared one guest. Certainly most of Hollywood showed up when MGM Studios opened its refurbished theater—renamed after a man who represents stardom at its classiest: Cary Grant. Fit, 80, and humble and gracious as always, Grant thanked "old and new friends" by reading from an inspirational prayer that began, "My Lord...please keep me from the habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion." The occasion itself spoke volumes, from the red-carpet dedication (MGM-UA presented Grant, a member of its board of directors, with its first Leo award for movie pioneers, a 10-inch-high gold lion with diamond eyes by Cartier) to the cocktails and dancing for 500 guests. Whether Grant will have more to say about his remarkable career seemed unlikely. "He's already turned down $5 million for his autobiography," lamented literary agent "Swifty" Lazar.

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