A BRILLIANT DISGUISE
By SCOTT EYMAN
There is a famfiliar anecdote about Cary Grant. Someone says to him, “I wish I could be Cary Grant,” and Grant replies, “So do I.” It wasn’t just a wisecrack; it was a true statement. The debonair attitude and witty charm that Cary Grant projected on screen proved his true acting skills. The persona of Cary Grant was a brilliant disguise.
Born Archibald Leach in 1904 in England, Grant came to America as a teenage acrobat to find fame and fortune on the vaudeville stage, but he was always haunted by his past. His father was an irresponsible alcoholic, and his mother was committed to a mental asylum when Grant was just eleven years old. Partly due to his troubled childhood, Grant would have difficulty forming close attachments throughout his life. He had few truly close friends. He married five times and had numerous affairs with both men and women.
In spite of his complicated personal life, Grant’s acting career was extraordinary. He was unsurpassed in romantic light comedies such as Bringing Up Baby, His Girl Friday, The Philadelphia Story, and so many others. In the 1950s he began working with Alfred Hitchcock to make some of his best and most famous films, including Suspicion, Notorious, To Catch a Thief, and North by Northwest. So powerful was Grant’s box-office appeal that he was twice nominated for an Oscar and worked with nearly every A-list actress in Hollywood, from Mae West and Marlene Dietrich to Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, his favorite actress.
Filled with rich details about classic Hollywood and film history, Cary Grant is an incisive, definitive portrait of an immortal movie star who remains as popular today as ever.
Scott Eyman is the former literary critic at The Palm Beach Post and is the author or co-author of 14 books, including the bestseller John Wayne and (with actor Robert Wagner) the bestsellers Pieces of My Heart and You Must Remember This. Among his other books are Hank and Jim: The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart; Empire of Dreams, Lion of Hollywood, and Print the Legend. He and his wife, Lynn, live in West Palm Beach.
More than thirty years after the death of Hollywood legend Cary Grant, his legacy is still paramount. His iconic good looks and acting accomplishments mark him as one of the greatest and most beloved male stars of Hollywood’s Golden Era.
Film historian and acclaimed New York Times bestselling biographer Scott Eyman has written the definitive biography in Cary Grant, drawing on Grant’s own papers, extensive archival research, and interviews with family and friends.To enter simply name a show on our new Theatre Tickets Directory.
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