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Evenings with Cary Grant: Recollections in His Own Words and by Those Who Knew Him Best

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(Applause Books). Charming, witty, effortlessly debonair, and elegant, Cary Grant was the ultimate leading man, a silver screen icon who seemed to embody all that a movie star should be. But beneath the glamour was a real and complicated man surprisingly vulnerable, unabashedly romantic, often exacting perfectionist who rose above a traumatic childhood and failed marriages to become an incomparable Hollywood legend. In this sublimely truthful and candid portrait, biographer Nancy Nelson draws on interviews with Grant, as well as material from his ...
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(Applause Books). Charming, witty, effortlessly debonair, and elegant, Cary Grant was the ultimate leading man, a silver screen icon who seemed to embody all that a movie star should be. But beneath the glamour was a real and complicated man surprisingly vulnerable, unabashedly romantic, often exacting perfectionist who rose above a traumatic childhood and failed marriages to become an incomparable Hollywood legend. In this sublimely truthful and candid portrait, biographer Nancy Nelson draws on interviews with Grant, as well as material from his personal papers, along with loving, revelatory reminiscences from some of his closest friends and loved ones including Katharine Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Quincy Jones, James Stewart, and many more to reveal the vaudevillian, actor, lover, and father. With a treasury of both well-loved and rarely seen photographs and a foreword by Grant's wife, Barbara, and daughter, Jennifer, this is the definitive biography of one of the screen's greatest stars.
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Engaging, warm chronological memoir of Cary Grant, assembled from his own words and those of friends and fellow actors by Nelson, who represented Grant on the lecture circuit during his last years. This is a big, solid Grant biography that towers above recent books that show the actor ingloriously as a neurotic tightwad and bisexual. Nelson met Grant while arranging for his "Evenings with Cary Grant"—Grant made 36 such unrehearsed appearances, speaking intimately to 1,000 to 3,000 listeners and answering questions for about two hours a show, to standing ovations. While Nelson pastes together her hundreds of quotations with quiet skill, she sometimes gets things wrong, as with Grant spending heavily to track down Plaza-owner Conrad Hilton to complain about getting only one half of an English muffin—a story that makes Hilton seem cheap. In fact, Grant got three halves and explained to Hilton that he was losing good will by not offering the fourth. Grant, born in Bristol, England, as Archie Leach, left school at 13 to go on the road as a dancer-tumbler-stilt-walker-pantomimist with the Pender troupe, skills that stayed with him for life and that brought him to America where he became a Coney Island stilt-walker, then a success in Broadway musicals. His first film was a bit in Singapore Sue, but it wasn't until 1937's The Awful Truth (directed by Frank Capra) that his gift for suave farce and physical comedy set him up as Hollywood's greatest farceur. By then he'd married and been divorced by Virginia Cherrill, Chaplin's blind girl in City Lights. Among the more moving episodes here is Grant's romance with young Phyllis Brooks, whose mother dampened any wedding bells. All speakof Grant's grace, taste, generosity, great wit and style, and the smashing quotes from his "Evenings with..." prove every word. Forget the other books, this is it. Superb. (Sixty-eight b&w photographs—not seen.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446363983
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/1/1993
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 448

Table of Contents

Foreword 7

Acknowledgments 9

Backstage: The Background of This Book 15

1 Archie Leach 27

2 A Sprinkling of Stardust 45

3 A Streetcar Named Hollywood 65

4 Judy … Judy … Judy 96

5 Working with the Best 112

6 The War Years in Hollywood 127

7 Archie Leach Imitating Cary Grant 139

8 Always with a Light Touch 154

9 "Don't Count on It, Hitch" 177

10 An Actor's Life for Me 200

11 "Madame, We're Making a Movie" 214

12 Coming Full Circle 227

13 "Dye My Hair?" 242

14 "Hello, This Is Cary Grant" 261

15 It's a Girl! 274

16 The International Businessman 285

17 "Women … One of My Favorite Causes" 309

18 "My Best Piece of Magic" 322

19 How Old Cary Grant? 350

20 "Happy Thoughts" 379

The Other Voices 382

Photograph Credits 390

Index 395

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2003

    A Moving Tribute to Cary Grant

    Evenings with Cary Grant is written in such a manner that the reader feels they are witness to an interactive conversation between Cary and his friends and associates. This book is the second best thing to an autobiography from Cary. It is filled with many stories and relationships, some hysterically funny and some heartwrenching. All are collaborated through the recollections of those who knew him well. No gossip or questionable trash found here. Many of Cary's quotes, letters and recollections are touching and poetic. I learned how sensitive, kind and introspective this remarkable actor and private man was. I found this book difficult to put down. Most important is that I have come away with a deeper appreciation of this wonderful soul who was Cary Grant.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2002

    The Real McCoy

    Evenings with Cary Grant is in Cary Grant's own words and those of his friends. It's a book based completely on primary sources. No conjecture. No myths. No suppositions. Cary Grant never wrote an autobiography, but this book uses his own recollections and those of his friends and loved ones, with special access to his private papers. It's the Real McCoy.

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