Cary Grant

Cary Grant

A Brilliant Disguise

Large Print - 2021 | Large print edition
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"Scott Eyman, author of the New York Times bestseller John Wayne: The Life and Legend, has written an incisive, definitive biography of another great Hollywood legend, Cary Grant, drawing in part on new research into Grant's all-important early years, which permanently shaped his life"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company,, 2021
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781432884253
Branch Call Number: LT 921 GRA
Characteristics: 931 pages (large print), 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Nov 03, 2020

The author's premise is that Archie Leach, a poor, lower class boy from Bristol, England, fled an unhappy childhood, joined an acrobat troupe, traveled to America, segued into vaudeville, then theater, then movies and eventually reinvented himself as the suave gentleman, Cary Grant. Living this life in "disguise" created tensions that took him his whole life to resolve. Despite having a compelling subject matter, this book is boring. Eyman goes off on anecdotal tangents about people and social events in Grant's milieu and provides a wealth of irrelevant detail that adds little. Unfortunately, there's little about others who must have been important, such as his agent, his tailor. And poorly written into the bargain with grammatical mistakes, hackneyed, trite phrases and unexplained Hollywood terminology. i struggled to finish it.

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