Cary Grant, in his daughter's eyes

Cary Grant is gone and no actor today compares, his daughter says.

"Hugh Jackman, a little bit. Other than that I can't think of anyone," actress Jennifer Grant said during a recent promotional luncheon for "Good Stuff," a loving memoir about her father, who died in 1986 at age 82.

Jennifer Grant is more a ringer for her mother, actress Dyan Cannon, with her wide mouth and narrow build. Her parents divorced when she was a toddler, but she remained close to both.

The lunch was held in the Oak Room of the Plaza hotel, the setting for an early scene in "North by Northwest," the classic thriller starring Cary Grant and directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It's a great film, Jennifer Grant says, although she acknowledges that her favorite Cary Grant movie is the "one she saw last."

Being raised by Cary Grant really was like living with "Cary Grant," according to "Good Stuff." He was a "pip" - playful, witty, curious and graceful, right to the end. He wrote her letters of advice and adoration, tolerated her taste for hard rock music and her college infatuation with communism, and gently, but mercilessly, defeated her at Trivial Pursuit.

"Dad was miraculous with the infuriating game," she writes. "He'd always complain that he'd forgotten too many important things to be a contender and then pull virtually every answer out of his hat."

Grant retired from filmmaking in 1966, the year Jennifer was born, and she is still learning about her father's career. Associated Press