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Cary Grant: A Brilliant Disguise

  • Scott Eyman
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  • ISBN-10: 1432884255
  • ISBN-13: 9781432884253
  • DDC: B
  • Shipping Weight: 2.45 lbs ( 1.11 kgs)
  • 964 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released January 2021

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A New York Times Bestselling Author

Born Archibald Leach in 1904, he came to America as a teenaged acrobat to find fame and fortune, but he was always haunted by his past. His father was a feckless alcoholic, and his mother was committed to an asylum when Archie was eleven years old. He believed her to be dead until he was informed she was alive when he was thirty-one years old. Because of this experience Grant would have difficulty forming close attachments throughout his life. He married five times and had numerous affairs.

Despite a remarkable degree of success, Grant remained deeply conflicted about his past, his present, his basic identity, and even the public that worshipped him in movies such as Gunga Din, Notorious, and North by Northwest.

Drawing on Grant’s own papers, extensive archival research, and interviews with family and friends, this is the definitive portrait of a movie immortal.


Customer Reviews

“Replete with meticulous research, perceptive observations, and sharp critiques. . . . Top-shelf film history.”

— Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“The most entertaining and enlightening star biography in years . . . A captivating look at a captivating star.”

— Associated Press

“[An] estimable and empathetic biography . . . Eyman rightly homes in on [Grant's] inner chiaroscuro, that never-resolving oscillation between dark and light - or, if you like, between Archie Leach and the man he became.”

— The Washington Post

“That gap between the sublimely charming screen invention and the real man born Archie Leach is at the center of Scott Eyman's new biography, CARY GRANT: A BRILLIANT DISGUISE, a complex portrait of Hollywood's original leading man.”

— Entertainment Weekly