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Read reader ì Cary Grant A Biography ´ Hardcover ✓ Marc Eliot º ❰Epub❯ ❥ Cary Grant A Biography Author Marc Eliot – At long last comes the first full length definitive biography of one of Hollywood's most enduring and fascinating luminaries containing At long last comes the first full length definitive biography of one of Hollywood's most enduring and fascinating luminaries cont Marvelous Book on Marvelous ActorAn in depth look at this great actor Eliot examines Grant Archie Leach from his early years right thru to his death in Iowa while touring at the age of 82 Grant started in vaudeville in Bristol England and his company came to the US to perform on Broadway in the early '20's After that Grant essentially made the rest of his career in the US Hollywood Eliot discusses Grant's relationship with other men like Randolph Scott with whom he lived with for many years While Hollywood tolerated this liaison in private it also put great pressure on its' star actors to heterosexualize and marry it would publicize any heterosexual event the actors were seen at Hollywood publicists would set up available actors with members of the opposite sex and rev up the publicity Grant was victimized by this machine several times as his several marriages can attest to Bearing Tom Cruise and others in mind is it any different today? Eliot also discusses Grant's several wives and Grant's relationship with Hitchcock It was director Hitchcock who probably brought out the full range of Grant's performance on the screen Cary Grant on screen makes acting look so easy but when you examine any scene he is in his is the dominating personality the actors and montage revolved around him If you are interested in film and actors of 50's 60's era of film black and white and of Cary Grant in particular you will be interested in this book

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Aining never before published materials on the actor's private life Newly discovered details reveal everything from his troubled Biographers have to be many things; first and foremost is of course a writer but also a journalist a storyteller a scientist They must wade through all the primary and secondary sources testing for veracity and reliability uestioning motivations determining relevance A great many facts accumulate about an individual within their lifetime a biographer must determine which facts add up to the truth The biographer must then take these two dimensional accounts and photographs dusty with time and bring the past to life It is impossible to be completely objective but a biographer should attempt to prevent their biases from obscuring the truth As a reader of biographies one must grant the biographer a certain amount of trust What do we read biographies for if not to learn new things about people who lived lives uite different from our own? We want to be surprised intrigued entertained We should not however completely suspend disbelief Biographies are not fiction and at some point a biographer must earn the readers' continued belief in the narrative they have created Marc Eliot has completely lost my trust Within the first chapter I am already hesitant to follow Eliot on his journey When describing Grant's acceptance of the 1970 Honorary Oscar for his lifetime of achievement Eliot starts getting facts publically verifiable youtube able facts wrong He uotes Sinatra praising Cary Grant for the 'sheer brilliance of his acting that makes it all look easy' Which to be fair is essentially what Sinatra meant but never what he actually said Nor does Grant slip on his thick rimmed black glasses p 17 18 Small errors one might say but the book is peppered with them He messes up basic plot points in Grant's films ones of which he has supposedly had repeated viewings p 422 See what I did there Eliot? That's called citing a source The small errors give way to larger inaccuracies On page 242 Eliot says of Grant and Irene Selznick Grant and Selznick had been friends since his theatrical days in New York City when he was an actor and she was a producer except that well Selznick was just a kid when Grant was in NYC She didn't become a producer until after her divorce her first play was A Street Car Named Desire which would be 1947 three years after the meeting Eliot is describing It is little wonder then that as a reader I have trouble following Eliot when he leaves the realm of relatively well know information and journeys into the murky world of supposition a world created entirely out of a lack of information and Eliot's own wishes Eliot completely turns on its head the entire accepted nature of Grant's relationship with first wife Virginia Cherrill From p 82 Most accounts of the relationship between Cary Grant and Virgina Cherrill depict him as the victim of a young and cold beauty emboldened by fierce ambition a calculating Hollywood wannabe whomanaged to sleep her way to the forgettable middle But personal recollections of friends who knew her for most of her life and the private diaries she left behind reveal a far different and hitherto unknown side to the woman who was to become the first Mrs Cary Grant All of this after explaining his utter lack of primary source interviews with As a biographer I probably put less stock than others in firsthand 'eyewitness' recollections of those who knew or claim to have known Cary Grantthey I have painfully discovered in my career shared an unfortunate but prevalent tendency to either rewrite history for the sake of the departed or elevate their own position in his sagap 422 So let me get this straight he won't use interviews from Grant's daughter friends or three living wives because they might lie to make themselves or Grant look better Yet he will trust the friends and the diary of the one wife with whom Grant did not remain amicable to paint an accurate picture of Grant? Right Unfortunately Eliot's departures from reality do not end here After spending three chapters enumerating all the reasons the major studios would have to discredit and dislike Grant while simultaneously outlining exactly how the studios controlled all of the gossip magazines at the time Eliot then goes on to create a narrative describing Grant as an indecisive weak easily controlled man whose every life choice was informed by his homosexuality He supports this with little else but Cherrill's diary the gossip rags and the fact that Grant occasionally lived with other men while single as many single stars at the time did I could have even accepted this as a reader had he simply made his claims then supported them by giving us an example of a source a single article or diary entry would have done But he does neither Rather he goes on to provide a sort of pop psychoanalysis of what he thinks each man was thinking and feeling during numerous COMPLETELY HYPOTHETICAL situations ex on p 135 Throughout the book each new person affiliated with Grant in any way is first introduced to us by whether or not Grant slept with them or merely had a chaste crush on them One such chaste crush is supposedly Phyllis Brooks Grant's longest standing relationship with a woman whom he did not marry Eliot basically spends Chapter 12 ignoring all know information about their relationship restructuring it in such a way that Grant's life continues to follow Eliot's chosen narrative Eliot even creates suicide attempts out of a lack of hospital records despite the fact that no other biographer gave any credence to this idea p113 It is at this point that I continued to read the book merely to finish not to be informedIt is sad really Eliot could be an excellent biographer When he is constrained by ample information he brings the past vibrantly to the present I thoroughly enjoyed Eliot's description of Grant's life during the making of The Awful Truth in Chapter 13 It hit just the right note of accepted historical facts informed hindsight and deductions about details extrapolated from what we know I wish I could have read that biography Instead I got a modern day Procopius' The Secret History You just can't rewrite someone else's life to suit your needs LONG NOTE NOT REALLY A SPOILERview spoilerI think it would have been perfectly acceptable for Eliot to include the possibility of Grant being homosexual or bisexual and describing the reasons he considers the possibility to be a valid one while also acknowledging the reasons most people do not I really don't care if Cary Grant was bisexual and had homosexual relationships with both Randolph Scott and Orry Kelly What I do care about however is that every person who was in a position to know if this was true including the men themselves adamantly denies it Orry Kelly was a good friend of both Grant and Scott and openly homosexual I don't really see why he would lie Unfortunately because of Eliot's biography articles on websites such as wikipedia now have a reliable source to validate what has been nothing than gossip for over half a century In fact the only sources that do corroborate this claim are Eliot's two 2004 Grant biographies a 1995 autobiography by Richard Blackwell From Rags to Bitches where he claimed to be a lover of both Grant and Scott and the autobiographies of Boze Hadleigh Both Blackwell and Hadleigh's accounts are often dismissed as false for a plethora of reasons Blackwell was not old enough to have actually conducted many of the interviews he claims to have done in the 1970s much less have been the the lover of both Grant and Scott Hadleigh has outed numerous people simply because they were in photographs with men who were gay and therefore part of the gay scene not exactly concrete evidence hide spoiler

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Cary Grant A BiographyChildhood to his ambiguous sexuality to his experimenting with LSD Includes a 16 page photo insert 1 40005 026 X2595 Random House An extensive account of the life and legend that is Cary Grant Having grown up with his movies as one of the many Saturday afternoon movies played by my father I was charmed by Grant This biography delves deep into the life emotions and psychology of one of Hollywood's most longstanding and interesting leading men