Cary Grant

Cary Grant

A Biography

Book - 2004
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"Everybody wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant." --Cary Grant He is Hollywood's most fascinating and timeless star. Although he came to personify the debonair American, Cary Grant was born Archibald Leach on January 18, 1904, in the seaport village of Bristol, England. Combining the captivating beauty of silent-screen legend Rudolph Valentino with the masculine irresistibility of Clark Gable, Grant emerged as Hollywood's quintessential leading man. Today, "the man from dream city," as critic Pauline Kael once described him, remains forever young, an icon of quick wit, romantic charm, and urbane sophistication, the epitome of male physical perfection. Yet beneath this idealized movie image was a conflicted man struggling to balance fame with a desire for an intensely private life separate from the "Cary Grant" persona celebrated by directors and movie studios. Exploring Grant's troubled childhood, ambiguous sexuality, and lifelong insecurities as well as the magical amalgam of characteristics that allowed him to remain Hollywood's favorite romantic lead for more than thirty-five years, Cary Grant is the definitive examination of every aspect of Grant's professional and private life, and the first to reveal the man behind the movie star. Working with the most talented directors of his time, Grant starred in an astonishing seventy-two films, ranging from his groundbreaking comedic roles in such classics as Bringing Up Baby (Howard Hawks) and The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor) to the darker, unforgettable characters of Alfred Hitchcock's Suspicion and Notorious, culminating in the consummate sophisticates of An Affair to Remember (Leo McCarey), North by Northwest (Hitchcock), and Charade (Stanley Donen). The camera loved Grant, and his magnetism helped illuminate his leading ladies, some of the most glamorous women ever to grace the silver screen: Mae West, Irene Dunne, Katharine Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, Grace Kelly, and Sophia Loren, among others. Yet, because of his pioneering role as an independent player, Grant was repeatedly denied the Oscar he coveted--a snub from the Academy that would last until 1970, when he graciously accepted a special lifetime achievement award. Grant's sparkling image on-screen hid a tumultuous personal life that he tried desperately to keep out of the public eye, including his controversial eleven-year relationship with Randolph Scott, five marriages, and numerous affairs. Rigorously researched and elegantly written,Cary Grant: A Biographyis a complete, nuanced portrait of the greatest Hollywood star in cinema history.
Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, c2004
ISBN: 9781400050260
140005026X
Characteristics: 435 p. : ill

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willy56 Aug 21, 2013

Well written and researched by Marc Eliot this bio of Cary Grant gives good insight into the mans life.
Most actors are looking for outside acceptance and Grant was no different.
Worth your time if you like Cary Grant movies.

nadian Oct 10, 2007

I only managed to get halfway through this biography which may not allow me to form an accurate opinion. However, from what I read of Marc Eliot's description of Cary Grant, I found it to be a gossip-column style biography with too many gibes at the actor's sexuality and not enough focus on his style and gift as an actor. When he did find time to focus on Cary Grant rather than the Hollywood social functions of this actor's time, he made it clear in many instances that others were responsible for Grant's popularity and opportunities, begging the question "Why do we care about Grant then?"

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