But perhaps the most remarkable fact about Grant, as renowned biographer Marc Eliot shows, is that his personal life was every bit as interesting and dramatic as that of any character he ever played. The new details Eliot has uncovered, on everything from the former Archibald Leach's troubled childhood to his ambiguous sexuality to his dabbling with LSD, will satisfy even the fan who has read everything previously available. Equally compelling is Eliot's incisive exploration of the magical amalgam of talent, looks, and charisma that made Grant a star.
©2004 Marc Eliot; (P)2004 Books on Tape, Inc.
"Eliot's fascinating, sympathetic portrait is of a consummate performer who hid inner demons and used filmmaking to distance himself from reality." (Publishers Weekly)
The amount of detail and insider information in this book is astounding. The author reads his own work in a very entertaining fashion. Absolutely entertaining read. This one made me look forward to my morning workout (that's when I can listen to audible books). I grew up watching old Cary Grant movies on TV and now I know the story behind the making of some of my favorite films. I highly recommend!
As a film critic who has spent the last two decades interviewing movie stars and directors for a PBS stations in Philadelphia, I've often been asked which star I most regret NOT interviewing. That is "Cary Grant". Perhaps the best thing I can say about this detailed, well-written, and insightful book is that I feel I've gotten to know the man who became the man we all wanted to be by listening to this fascinating tale. Some people would prefer that this charming, talented man be the perfect person offscreen as he was onscreen and at public appearances. I prefer to respect the accomplishment of "becoming Cary Grant" that the real person managed through much effort and agony. This recording is over 15 hours long, and I devoured it in 5 and 6 hour stretches within a couple of days of beginning it.
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I felt like the author focused too much on Mr. Grant's sexuality. Something, the Actor spent a lot of his time and money denying. After reading this book my thoughts are that maybe he might have had a homosexual affair or two, but that he wasn't a homosexual. I was married 5 times to 5 diffrent woman. If the marriages were just to hide his true nature, then why would he keep marrying such different and such difficult woman?
I did enjoy many parts of this book though. The history of the flims, Mr. Grant acted in was very interesting. And I loved how the author expalined Cary Grant's view on how he wanted to be seen in his flims. He choose parts in which the leading ladies were always pursuing him, never the other way around. Smart move. That way, the audience was always wanting more.
And it is safe to say, we still are.
Here you have one of the world's best leading men in film, a marvelous light comedian and the quintessential rags, to riches story. Yes for sure we all have skeletons in the closet (no pun) but this work of drivel concentrates on Grants alleged bi or Homosexuality The author is making a case that he was a raving/closet homosexual. after all he had gay friends... and that pretty much seals it for the author. To Back this up he presents ... no evidence and even at one stage quotes "a source who knew" How does crap like this get published? He suggests the British acting colony were cowards, tell that to the many who went back to England to support the war effort, and it's a slap in the face for the many who were too old and volunteered anyway. No wonder the author is reading it nobody else would bother, I quit after he suggest (with yet again no evidence) that Grant was a spy for J Edgar Hoover....ugh.
it recyclable in paper form
fascinating story there was so much about him I did not know
mark eliots performance was so sincere
I did not want this book to ever end...and when it did I felt like I lost a friend...
I actually feel sad that I've come to the end of the Cary Grant bio narrated by the author, Marc Eliot. Not only has Eliot a soothing, easy on the ears speaking voice, he gives a real insight into the inner mind of a remarkable man. He portrays Grant as he was; a true hero on film, an utter gentleman but with human flaws (like the rest of us) which challenged his romantic relationships with women due to being abandoned as a child. I couldn't put this book down. I highly recommend this bio as it shows warts and all.
I've always loved Grant. I was gobsmacked when I listened to his early beginnings; and his so called abandonment by his mother. This shaped the young man into becoming a great man.
It's a must listen to!!
Mainly the tales of old Hollywood and one of my top five favorite actors
No, it seems he spent more time talking about his sexuality and unknown sources than the actor himself.
I rather like the writer reading their own words, it makes it more enjoyable
It made me feel sorry for Cary Grant who is not around to deny or at least learn where this author got his information from. He sounded too much like a tabloid journalist than a factual author.
Over all I enjoyed the majority of the story, whether he was gay, bisexual or straight, it would never change my opinion of a man I've long admired and respected.
Yes, I think this is an important addition to the history of Hollywood- even if you aren't a Cary Grant fan.
How it brings you into Hollywood of that period. That is exactly what I wanted and that's what I got.
He does a good job- it's his book he knows how to read it. He does say "Such as it was" a lot. :)
I think his relationships with women were sad. It's sad that at that time society forced him into tho
I think this is a very important, honest look at the life of a gay man in Hollywood. It left me with the sense that "gay" didn't exist in the early part of the century. You were expected to get married, have kids, etc- whether or not sexuality or sexual orientation was linked to it.
I do not accept the "opinion" of this writer. Where are your facts...you can say all this assumption. This is like the National Inquirer. I want my credit back.
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