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2.0 out of 5 stars Big Disappointment, 20 Feb 2012
This review is from: Cary Grant: A Biography (Paperback)
Two stars for Eliot's account of Cary Grant's early life in Bristol, the sad circumstances surrounding his mother and the start of his vaudeville, stage and eventually movie career.

As for the rest, it reads as though Marc Eliot had mapped out his own ideas about Grant - as a depressive, bisexual miser and serial abuser of women - and tried to make every bit of information in the book fit that mould. There are factual errors both about Grant's movies and his life, and very little in the way of evidence to back up Eliot's theories. There are long stretches of minute and tedious detail about movie productions - facts that could easily be found elsewhere for anyone particularly interested in them - and a huge amount of speculation about Grant's personal life and his marriages presented as fact.

Marc Eliot seems to have indulged in the kind of forensic psychological evaluation of Cary Grant that he is eminently unqualified to do. No doubt there are plenty of Grant's admirers who will refuse to be taken in by Eliot's pseudo-research and 'factionalization' of the actor's psyche and his life.
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