How A Fake British Accent Took Old Hollywood By Storm [Dan Nosowitz/Atlas Obscura]
Fascinating history of the “Mid-Atlantic” accent, spoken by Hollywood stars of a certain era, such as Cary Grant (a Brit) and Katherine Hepburn (an American). It was an artificial upper-class accent, hybrid of English and American, which peaked for only about a decade. www.atlasobscura.com/articles/…
By the late 60s, it was pretty much dead.
I think possibly the last survivor to use the Mid-Atlantic accent was Jonathan Harris, who played Dr. Smith on “Lost in Space.” Born Jonathan Charasuchin in the Bronx in 1914, the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants, he eradicated his accent by watching and imitating a lot of movies. He told fans, “I’m not British, just affected.”