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Sparks Fly Upward Hardcover – 9 Feb 1981
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The book runs through his life background and first 2 marriages, up to where the book ends in 1960. Its funny, lots of great stories and naming dropping and no real love for authority or the studio system. At the start we here how his marriages and life is foretold by a psychic !
The end of the book is sad telling of his divorce from Jean Simmons, he never wrote a follow up book outlining the rest of his life. After this divorce he left Hollywood for quite a few years only to return to star in TV'S The Virginian Men from Shiloh in the 1970's; this I remember watching as a young lad, Perhaps in a way he saw the divorce from Simmons as the end of his interesting life and anything after was an anti climax who knows ? but he packed a lot into his first 47 years. and reading between the lines he loved Jean Simmons a great deal
I had always been a Granger Fan since my Dad put on King Solomon's Mines for us to watch when I was 14 and hoped to find a copy of his autobiography some day (thanks amazon.)
The man's gracious and humble yet firm and determined attitude showed beautifully on paper, and was such a breath of fresh air after seeing that all the flash in the pan "celebrities" of the 21st century have all had their story told after 3 films/chart topping tracks.
The book could never let you stay in one mood for more than 2 pages. On the one hand, his life was a fun filled adventure, from modest beginnings as girl chasing film extra to defending the Scottish coast during the Second World War, success in Hollywood and adventure holidays in Africa and India hunting big game, on the other hand, his constant struggling as an actor, a husband and a father were very moving. He fought for his career against the studios, he fought for his wife against Howard Hughes, and he fought to give his children the happy home they would never have.
Buy this book, and you are guaranteed the funniest and most thrilling life story you will ever read.
5 STARS, 100%, 10/10, whatever you want to say!!!
Inside stories and a splendid portrayal of the Hollywood and British film industry in the 50's.
A perfect holiday entertainment, as a good a read as I have had.
Mr.Granger is honest enough to admit his own faults and is not afraid to say his opinion on those he loved and trusted.
A very enjoyable book much like the several romantic films he made.Witty,charming and hugely entertaining.
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