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Achieving Success with your Leadership Project: A Class Apart [Hardcover]

David Middlewood , Ian Abbott
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Writing with the low-key stylishness his subject deserves, academic Graham McCann pays tribute to the working-class Englishman who became "a democratic symbol of gentlemanly grace" to moviegoers world-wide. Aptly subtitled A Class Apart, the book sympathetically depicts Archie Leach--born into poverty, his mother committed to an asylum when he was nine--reinventing himself as Cary Grant, whose debonair screen persona showed no signs of these difficult origins. A decorous account of Grant's private life (McCann dismisses talk of bisexuality as mere rumour) accompanies cogent descriptions of his performances. --Christine Buttery --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


More than a dozen previous books about the actor are available, but McCann's well-researched addition is particularly valuable for its careful investigation of old canards. Publishers Weekly British-American film critic David Thomson, who considers Grant 'the most important actor in the ceinma,' calls this the best book about him so far. Desert Sun (Knight Ridder Newspapers) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I did not set out to write a positive biography of Cary Grant.I set out to write an objective biography of Cary Grant.That I ended up writing a positive biography of Cary Grant was due,I would argue,to him rather than to me.I researched his life and his work as thoroughly and as carefully as I could.I examined every story,every episode,every rumour and every piece of gossip with an open mind.At the conclusion of it all I was genuinely pleased to find myself able,without the need for exaggeration or omission,to celebrate both an admirable performer and,in many ways,an admirable life.CARY GRANT:A CLASS APART is,I hope,a book that will appeal to anyone who has ever been impressed and/or intrigued by Cary Grant, as well as to anyone with a broader interest in Hollywood performers and twentieth century celebrity.It includes 26 illustrations,a comprehensive reference section,a detailed bibliography and index,and a complete list of Grants 72 movies --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Cary Grant made men seem like a good idea. Tall, dark and handsome with a rare gift for light comedy, he played a leading man who liked to be led, a man of the world who was a man of the people. Cary Grant was Hollywood's quintessential gentleman.

Born in England as Archie Leach, made famous in America as Cary Grant, he was a star for more than thirty years, in more than seventy movies, his popularity still intact when he brought his career to a close. He was never replaced, nobody else talked like that, looked like that, behaved like that. He was a class apart.

Cary Grant never explained how he came to play 'Cary Grant' so well. 'Nobody is ever truthful about his own life,' he said. 'There are always ambiguities.' This book explores the ambiguities in the life and work of Cary Grant; a working-class Englishman who portrayed a well-bred American; the playful entertainer who became a powerful businessman; the intimate stranger who was often the seduced male. Thorough and meticulously researched, this book is a dazzling and entertaining account of Cary Grant's broad and enduring appeal.

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About the Author

Graham McCann is Britain’s leading writer about film and TV. He has written three biographies for Fourth Estate, ‘Cary Grant; A Class Apart’ (1997), ‘Morecambe and Wise’ (1999) and ‘Dad’s Army -The Story of a Classic Television Show’ (2001). He also writes regularly on politics and culture for a wide range of publications.

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