He's the most self-invented man in movies, this side of Charlie Chaplin. Like Chapin, Cary Grant grew up poor, trained as an acrobat, and brims with confidence, romance, and a spirit of merry larcenyhe just has a better tailor. His impeccable timing and light, cat burglar's touch at stealing women's hearts were perfect for the jaunty heroics and romantic farce of such classic films as An Affair to Remember, Notorious, His Girl Friday, North By Northwest, Bringing Up Baby, and To Catch a Thief. In the end, the role became the manhe had ceased to play "Cary Grant" and simply was Cary Grant. One could wish no man any greater happiness than that. The Hollywood Icon series: People talk about Hollywood glamour, about studios that had more stars than there are in heaven, about actors who weren't actors but were icons. Other people talk about these things, Taschen shows you. Hollywood Icons is a series of photo books that feature the most famous movie icons in the history of cinema. These 192-page books are visual biographies of the stars. For each title, series editor Paul Duncan has painstaking selected approximately 150 high quality enigmatic and sumptuous portraits, colorful posters and lobby cards, rare film stills, and previously unpublished candid photos showing the stars as they really are. These images are accompanied by concise introductory essays by leading film writers; each book also includes a chronology, a filmography, and a bibliography, and is peppered with apposite quotes from the movies and from life.
|Publisher:||Taschen America, LLC|
|Series:||Movie Icons Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.68(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.52(d)|
About the Author
Paul Duncan found himself in the right place at the right time as South Africa came into its own with creative design and decor a few years ago. He was the highly successful editor of Conde Nast House & Garden and has had the opportunity to work with the best local and international photographers - notably Fritz von der Schulenberg - as well as art directors and features writers to capture the outstanding interiors put together by interior designers such as Graham Viney, Stephen Falcke, Stefan Antoni and Boyd Ferguson, architects like Johann Slee and Silvio Rechs and inspired homemakers from Sandton to Graaff Reinet to Plettenberg Bay. Paul Duncan is now Head of Design, Menswear & Homeware at Woolworths and as involved with design and South African innovation as ever, with more books in the pipeline.
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That voice. Those looks. The suave, self-confident manner. Humor and perfect comedic timing. All that was Cary Grant is brilliantly captured in this photobiography of the Hollywood star, part of the Movie Icons Series published by Taschen. This biography begins with a short, two-page overview of Grant's life, highlighting the most important aspects of his personal and professional life. As most fans of this Hollywood icon know, he was born Archibald Alexander Leach in 1904, in Bristol, England. When he was nine years old he was told that his mother had died. But in truth, she had been wrongly committed to a mental institution. Learning the truth some nineteen years later (and securing her release), his mother's "death" and subsequent confinement had a profound affect on the actor's life. Leach came to the United States in 1920 and traveled throughout America with a vaudeville act. Signing a contract with Paramount Pictures in 1931, the young actor changed his name to Cary Grant and the rest, as they say, is history. The bulk of the book is filled with fabulous photos of Grant's career, from his uncredited appearance as a sailor in Singapore Sue (1932) to his last movie, Walk Don't Run (1966). These photos are a visual treat for fans of Cary Grant, and even the rather strange photo of Grant dressed in a turtle outfit for Alice In Wonderland (1933) is a treat. Like the other books in this series, the text is written in English, French and German. The majority of the photos are stills from movies, there are very few candid photos and those too, are from Grant's movies, not his personal life. Along with the movie stills are "Lobby Cards," magazine covers and posters. At the end of the book is a one-page biography of Grant's life, noting dates of marriages, divorces, important roles, and other significant events. This is followed by a filmography, noting each movie's title, release date, and director. Along with the photo captions, the author has included numerous quotes, most from Grant himself, although there's also a spattering of comments from friends and colleagues. "My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can." - Cary Grant. From Alfred Hitchcock, "One doesn't direct the marvelous Cary Grant, one simply puts him in front of a camera and lets the audience identify with him." Quill says: A photobiography of Cary Grant, which is a must-have for all true fans of this classic Hollywood star.