Ever wonder why old timey actors and actresses like Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn have a unique way of speaking? Same with old newscasters and radio and TV personalities? How did that somewhat-American, somewhat-British accent become the dominant dialect of show biz in the early half of the 20th century, long after America had separated itself from England?
The mutli-faceted answer is both bizarre and fascinating. Watch this short video and learn why:
Interestingly enough, according to The Atlantic, Mid-Atlantic English also met its demise due to popular actors like Humphrey Bogart — from New York — and Jimmy Stewart — from rural Pennsylvania — who had thoroughly American accents that stroke a chord with audiences.
Now listen to the vast difference between Katherine Hepburn's and Jimmy Stewart's accents in "The Philadelphia Story:"
Truly world's apart.