Cary Grant: A Biography

Cary Grant: A Biography

by Marc Eliot
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Cary Grant: A Biography 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book. It was easy to read and I learned alot about Cary Grant that I didn't know. There was alot of info about the movies he made and who he made them with. If you are a movie buff you will enjoy this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It took me awhile to get into reading this book because the first part of the book was disturbing to me. But, I finally pushed past it and read the entire book which was one dark moment after another. This book did not show much else. So, one can either assume that Cary Grant was a very disturbed individual, or that he couldn't stand the media and showed and told only the bad stuff of his life. The book is mostly a filmography with the bad things that went with each movie, including his relationships.
tumbleweedJB More than 1 year ago
Cary Grant excelled in playing characters who you weren't sure if you could - or should - trust. Alfred Hitchcock's "North by Northwest" and "Suspicion," and Stanley Donen's "Charade" are prime examples. His background lent itself perfectly to those roles. Cary Grant once said "Everybody wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant." This biography by Marc Eliot looks at Cary Grant, who changed his name from Archibald Leach, his complicated personal life, his movies, his break from the studios, and at those who knew and loved him. The book is a great read for a behind the scenes look at a man we all think we know ... but who is far different than his portrayal on the silver screen.
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The_BibliophileJM More than 1 year ago
Marc Eliot's Cary Grant biography is a good read if you are interested in getting to know the person behind the person that is Cary Grant. A fairly quick read for a biography, Eliot's version of the movie star's life gives just enough information to satisfy, but is not the first place I'd turn to if I needed this for a research paper or anything of the sort. Also, I was constantly annoyed by the poor editting of the book. Some dates were not proprly lined up, and there were constant puncuation problems and misused words; A sign that maybe Eliot didn't do HIS research after all. Also, a sign he needs a new edittor! But, despite the small bits of the book that lacked in consistancy and professionalism, this is, I have to say, the best Cary Grant Biography I've ever read and this is the one I'd recomend to others who were interested in his life.
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This book clears up some questions and fills in some gaps but as other readers have commented, it does not reveal the essence of the man. Overall, I found it interesting but not required reading for the Cary Grant fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While fairly well written, the information is superficial at best. Anyone looking for an in-depth study of the man will not find it here. Many of the passages seem speculative and biased against the subject of the book, based on recollections of uncorroborated individuals. There is also the puzzling recitation of every major Grant movie plot-line which one would presume anyone reading this book would already know. Any Cary Grant fan would be better off re-watching some of his classic performances than reading this book. They will be more satisfied.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This highly readable biography of formidable film star Cary Grant chronicles plenty of facts about his life and career, but never seems to reach the soul of the man. Author Marc Eliot discusses early family traumas and deals frankly with the homosexual lifestyle Grant followed in his twenties and thirties, yet is puzzlingly silent as to why the actor apparently abandoned interest in men as he got older. We also get little insight into the origins of his miserliness or the surprising stubbornness (and courage) he showed in bucking the studio contract system. The book is well-written and involving, but in the end, to this reviewer at least, Archie Leach (aka Cary Grant) remains a mystery.
CaptainSteven More than 1 year ago
Eliot does go into painstaking detail that somewhat humanizes Grant into a believable person. However, his multiple assertions about Grant's bisexuality goes on ad-nauseaum...with no concrete proof other than to say "everybody knew about it." Grant's wife, Betsy Drake had only this to say when questioned about Grant's bi-sexuality..."I don't know how he could be, we were too busy F____ing." So, this part about the book knawed at me a bit. Otherwise, Grant was still given his "due" and place as the Hollywood man's man and consummate professional...worth buying and reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyable reading. Learned a lot about the almost mythical Hollywood ledgend. Great insight into the life of a very private man.