Who Was Cary Grant, Anyway?

I almost fell off my chair when a young staff member asked me that. Then it dawned on me that she wasn’t born in 1986 when the great leading man died. Thank Heavens for video recordings and DVDs! Born Archibald Leach, the actor left his home in Bristol, England, at the age of fourteen to join an acting troupe. Grant traveled with the troupe to the United States in 1920 for a two-year tour; when the troupe returned to Britain, Grant decided to stay. After some success in light Broadway comedies, he came to Hollywood in 1931, where he acquired the name Cary Grant. The rest is show business history. His enduring good looks, versatility as an actor, and the charm he projected from the big screen made him the greatest of movie stars. Grant was nominated for two Academy Awards in the 1940s, and was honored in 1970 with a special Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement. In 1981, he received the Kennedy Center Honors.

Cary Grant: The Biography

By Marc Eliot

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Rigorously researched and elegantly written, Cary Grant: A Biography is a complete, nuanced portrait of the greatest star in cinema history. Exploring Grant’s troubled childhood, ambiguous sexuality, and lifelong insecurities, as well as the magical amalgam of characteristics that allowed him to remain Hollywood’s favorite romantic lead for more than thirty-five years, Cary Grant is the definitive examination of every aspect of Grant’s professional and private life and the first biography to reveal the real man behind the movie star.

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