Cary Grant, the Making of a Hollywood Legend

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Oxford University Press, Sep 25, 2020 - Biography & Autobiography - 568 pages
A definitive new account of the professional and personal life of one of Hollywood's most unforgettable, influential stars.

Archie Leach was a poorly educated, working-class boy from a troubled family living in the backstreets of Bristol. Cary Grant was Hollywood's most debonair film star--the embodiment of worldly sophistication. Cary Grant: The Making of a Hollywood Legend tells the incredible story of how a sad, neglected boy became the suave, glamorous star many know and idolize. The first biography to be based on Grant's own personal papers, this book takes us on a fascinating journey from the actor's difficult childhood through years of struggle in music halls and vaudeville, a hit-and-miss career in Broadway musicals, and three decades of film stardom during Hollywood's golden age.

Leaving no stone unturned, Cary Grant delves into all aspects of Grant's life, from the bitter realities of his impoverished childhood to his trailblazing role in Hollywood as a film star who defied the studio system and took control of his own career. Highlighting Grant's genius as an actor and a filmmaker, author Mark Glancy examines the crucial contributions Grant made to such classic films as Bringing Up Baby (1938), The Philadelphia Story (1940), Notorious (1946), An Affair to Remember (1957), North by Northwest (1959), Charade (1963) and Father Goose (1964). Glancy also explores Grant's private life with new candor and insight throughout the book's nine sections, illuminating how Grant's search for happiness and fulfillment lead him to having his first child at the age of 62 and embarking on his fifth marriage at the age of 77. With this biography--complete with a chronological filmography of the actor's work--Glancy provides a definitive account of the professional and personal life of one of Hollywood's most unforgettable, influential stars.
 

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Author Mark Glancy had a unique advantage in researching "Cary Grant, the Making of a Hollywood Legend"--he was given full access to Grant's personal collection of diaries, scrapbooks, press clippings ... Read full review

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I've never steeped myself into the worlds of Cary Grant—the stage name of Bristolian Archie Leach—but now, I wish I had done so earlier. Mark Glancy has done an outstanding job at researching and ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
ARCHIE LEACH 1904 TO 1927
7
MATINEE IDOL 1927 TO 1936
55
STARDOM 1937 TO 1950
153
TRUTH SEEKER 1951 TO 1962
311
LEGEND 1962 TO 1986
393
Notes
425
Abbreviations
487
Select Bibliography
489
Filmography
501
Index
541
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Mark Glancy is Reader in Film History at Queen Mary University of London. His media work includes appearances on the BBC Radio Four programmes Archive Hour, Back Row, and Great Lives, as well as many articles on film history for the magazines BBC History and History Revealed. Most recently, he served as the editorial consultant and on-screen contributor to the feature-length documentary film Becoming Cary Grant (2017). His publications include When Hollywood Loved Britain: The Hollywood "British" Film, 1939-1945 (1999), The 39 Steps: A British Film Guide (2003), and, as a co-editor, The New Film History: Methods, Sources, Approaches (2007), and Hollywood and the Americanization of Britain, from the 1920s to the present (2013).

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