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Cary Grant: Haunted Idol [Paperback]

Geoffrey Wansell
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25 Oct 1984
To millions of moviegoers around the world, Cary Grant epitomizes the glamour and the style of Hollywood in its golden years. With his dark hair and mischievous smile, he is, was and always will be one of the great stars, and in the decade since his death, the incandescence of his image on the screen has not dimmed. Born Archie Leach, the only child of a poor tailor's presser and an unstable mother, in Bristol in 1904, Cary Grant became what the critic Pauline Kael once memorably called the "fairy tale hero". Handsome, debonair, endlessly attractive and yet never seeming to take himself seriously, he was pursued by some of the most beautiful women in the history of the cinema, among them Marlene Dietrich, Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. In a career spanning 72 films, he appeared with such notable co-stars as Mae West, Katherine Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, Grace Kelly. He was also directed by some of Hollywood's greatest directors, including Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, Leo McCarey, George Cukor, Stanley Donen and Frank Capra. Grant was five times married, to a succession of beautiful women, including the heiress Barbara Hutton and the actress Dyan Cannon, and sustained a tortured relationship with money.
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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Fontana; n.e. edition (25 Oct 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006367992
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006367994
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 360,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars From the sleeve.... 7 July 2007
Format:Hardcover
On the screen no one could mistake Gary Grant. In more than seventy films he always seems to play the elegant and debonair man with whom some of the cinema's most attractive women fall in love, among them Marlene Dietrich, Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn.

Yet behind this sophisticated image Gary Grant is in many ways the complete reverse. This actor, who remains one of the cinema's greatest stars, has spent most of his life trying to forget his childhood, to conceal the poverty of his upbringing by the relentless pursuit of wealth, and trying to overcome a paralysing fear of women.

Geoffrey Wansell's biography describes Grant's astonishing rise to stardom, his fascination with fame, his five marriages, his experiments with LSD and his retreat into seclusion and privacy. Interest centres on Grant's intense rivalry with Gary Cooper; his marriage to Woolworth heiress, Barbara Hutton; the birth of his only child, Jennifer, by his fourth wife, Dyan Gannon; and his friendship with the mysterious billionaire, Howard Hughes.

Mr Wansell has talked to and corresponded with Grant's closest friends, James Stewart, Doris Day, Katherine Hepburn, James Mason and Stewart Granger among them. And he has talked to Grant himself, describing here his strange negotiations with his subject, the man who remains one of Hollywood's most enduring stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CARY GRANT :Dark Angel by Geoffrey Wansell 1 April 2003
By california girl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I found this book to be a wonderful insight into the glorious life of Cary Grant....many have said it before ,however the combination of wonderful photographs and truthful respectful
wording makes this a must for Cary Grant Fans ....just great!!!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN! 14 Oct 2010
By jbkmd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
GREAT WRITING, WELL PACED, PUTS YOU INSIDE GRANT'S HEAD AND EVEN HIS HEART!
WELL BALANCED TREATMENT OF CONTROVERSIAL ASPECTS OF ONE OF MY HEROES' LIFE!
BUY IT AND ENJOY IT, THE LIFE STORY, IN-DEPTH, OF A GREAT ENTERTAINER, AND EVEN GREATER, MAN'S MAN!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Angel 20 July 2003
By Genebeth Sansano - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a great chronological account of CG's movies and his life in between and during each one as he made them. There are lot of common pictures, and some you rarely see. All the same, though, it's a wonderful biography, one of the best I've read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cary Grant: Dark Angel 28 Dec 2009
By M. M. Atkinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The reader will learn about different sides to this complex man. Some grammatical errors do not detract from the overall but it mostly ranks high for the multitude of photos, while divulging many tidbits about his movie roles and numerous romances. Doubtful that more intimate details will ever be available; maybe that is just as well. He was a fabulous entertainer, unique and irreplaceable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book 19 July 2013
By Grandma Barbara - Published on Amazon.com
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When I ordered this book I did not know that it was a coffee table book, so that was a surprise. This a really a nice book with gorgeous pictures that go all through Cary Grant's life and the story is good too. This is really a lovely tribute to a great actor and it is so tastefully done, not to forget the great price on this book too. If you love Cary Grant you should invest in this book.
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