Cary Grant

Cary Grant A Brilliant Disguise

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Publisher's Synopsis

Film historian and acclaimed New York Times bestselling biographer Scott Eyman has written the definitive, "captivating" (Associated Press) biography of Hollywood legend Cary Grant, one of the most accomplished-and beloved-actors of his generation, who remains as popular as ever today.

Born Archibald Leach in 1904, he came to America as a teenaged acrobat to find fame and fortune, but he was always haunted by his past. His father was a feckless alcoholic, and his mother was committed to an asylum when Archie was eleven years old. He believed her to be dead until he was informed she was alive when he was thirty-one years old. Because of this experience, Grant would have difficulty forming close attachments throughout his life. He married five times and had numerous affairs.

Despite a remarkable degree of success, Grant remained deeply conflicted about his past, his present, his basic identity, and even the public that worshipped him in movies such as Gunga Din, Notorious, and North by Northwest.

This "estimable and empathetic biography" (The Washington Post) draws on Grant's own papers, extensive archival research, and interviews with family and friends making it a definitive and "complex portrait of Hollywood's original leading man" (Entertainment Weekly).

Book information

ISBN: 9781501191398
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Imprint: Simon & Schuster
Pub date:
DEWEY: 791.43028092
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 19004
Number of pages: xiii, 556 , 32 unnumbered of plates
Weight: 694g
Height: 163mm
Width: 233mm
Spine width: 41mm