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David LeafIf you love Cary, this unique and often touching story about the real man behind the legend will make you love him even more.
— David Leaf (director of Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Story of Smile)
When Bill Royce met Cary Grant, he was a twenty-five-year-old fan magazine editor and the film star was nearly seventy. As these two men from different ...
When Bill Royce met Cary Grant, he was a twenty-five-year-old fan magazine editor and the film star was nearly seventy. As these two men from different generations forged a friendship that lasted until Cary's death, they found both had impoverished, often-brutal childhoods. With uncommon frankness, they stripped away the walls each had built in order to survive. To learn the truth about Bill's abusive past, Cary spared no detail about his own painful childhood. By opening up his home, and his heart, Cary revealed the facts behind the myths that had haunted his life.
Glimpses into Cary's life include details of his alcoholic father and mentally disturbed mother; his early years in New York where Cole Porter, Noel Coward, and others helped groom an awkward young Englishman into a worldly matinee idol; his secret fears for his daughter, Jennifer; the lowdown on his leading ladies; a day when Cary was attacked by Minnie Mouse; a visit with Elvis Presley where Elvis tells Cary about aliens; and Cary's crush on Black movie actress, Pam Grier.
This is an honest, compassionate book for fans, for all who have kept secrets, and for survivors of abusive childhoods. Poignant and compelling, this book shows how a difficult childhood can be changed into a rewarding future.
Posted July 14, 2008
From a true Cary Grant fan...I have read several biographies on Cary Grant. This is the only one that I felt I could believe 100%. It gives an honest and often disturbing insight to the lives of of the man known as 'Cary Grant' and the author. I found this book so captivating it was very hard to put down.
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Posted August 31, 2009
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