Trivia & Fun Facts About AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER
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Love Affair (1939) and An Affair to Remember are the first original and remake to both win Oscar® nominations for Best Song. The 1954 and 1976 versions of A Star Is Born, would do the same, though technically the earlier film is not the original. That honor goes to the non-musical 1936 version, What Price Hollywood?.
Cary Grant would later admit that, like many of An Affair to Remember's fans, he always cried while watching the film's ending.
Robert Wagner, still at the start of his career, was a frequent visitor to the set so he could watch Grant work.
During filming, Grant's wife, Betsy Drake, had him visiting a hypnotist to help him quit smoking. She also packed him a hamper full of health food for his lunch, though he often finished it before starting filming because without cigarettes he was hungry all the time.
An Affair to Remember was the second film in which Deborah Kerr took over a role previously played by Irene Dunne. The first was The King and I (1956), the musical version of the novel previously filmed with Dunne as Anna and the King of Siam (1946).
While filming a scene on board the luxury liner, Grant pointed out that the steward's jacket had the wrong buttons for the Queen Mary. Although crew members insisted nobody would know the difference, he said, "Yes, but I'll know it," so they changed the buttons.
Kerr had not seen Cathleen Nesbitt, cast as Grant's grandmother, in 19 years. Back then, Nesbitt had played Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, with Kerr as a lady in waiting. The film marked the start of a long friendship between them.
In France, the film was called "She and He", "A Splendid Love" in Italy, "The Great Love of My Life" in Portugal, "Too Late to Forget" in Brazil, "All of Love" in Sweden and "Unforgettable Fondness" in Finland.
With $3.85 million in box office receipts, An Affair to Remember was one of the top-grossing films of 1957.
20th Century-Fox promoted An Affair to Remember with the tagline "Every precious moment of the glad...tender...triumphant love they found -- and almost lost!"
by Frank Miller
Memorable Quotes from AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER
"This ship is going much too fast." -- Cary Grant, as Nickie Ferrante, trying to make small talk with Deborah Kerr, as Terry McKay.
"I was bored to death. I hadn't seen one attractive woman on this ship since we left. Now, isn't that terrible? I was alarmed. I said to myself, 'Don't beautiful women travel any more?' And then I saw you, and I was saved -- I hope."
"Tell me, have you been getting results with a line like that, or would I be surprised."
"If you'd be surprised, I'd be surprised." -- Grant, as Nickie Ferrante, and Kerr, as Terry McKay, revealing they're on to each other.
"He's always attracted by the art he isn't practicing, the place he hasn't been, the girl he hasn't met." -- Cathleen Nesbitt, as Grandmere, describing Grant, as Nickie Ferrante.
"It's not that I'm prudish. It's just that my mother told me never to enter any man's room in months ending in 'R.'" -- Kerr, as Terry McKay, to Grant, as Nickie.
"I told you, that's what beauty does to me." -- Kerr, as Terry, explaining why Grant's kiss made her cry.
"Being a woman I'm naturally more cautious, and I can think more clearly when you're not around." -- Kerr, asking Grant to leave.
"I'll just take my ego for a walk." -- Grant.
"We're headed into a rough sea, Nickie."
"I know. We changed our course today." -- Kerr and Grant.
"What makes life so difficult?"
"People." -- Kerr and Grant.
"Pink champagne -- that's the kind of life we've both been used to. It might be a little difficult to -- do you like beer?" -- Kerr, trying to inject a little reality into her romance with Grant.
"The Empire State Building is the closest thing to heaven in this city." -- Kerr, setting up her reunion with Grant.
"There must be something between us, even if it's only an ocean." -- Grant.
"Oh, it's nobody's fault but my own! I was looking up...it was the nearest thing to heaven! You were there." -- Kerr, explaining her accident.
"Winter must be very cold for those who have no memories to keep them warm, and we have already missed the spring." -- Kerr.
"If you can paint, I can walk. Anything can happen, right?" -- Kerr, delivering the film's final line.