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Evenings with Cary Grant: Recollections in His Own Words and by Those Who Knew Him Best

Evenings with Cary Grant Recollections in His Own Words and by Those Who Knew Him Best Applause Books Charming witty effortlessly debonair and elegant Cary Grant was the ultimate leading man a silver screen icon who seemed to embody all that a movie star should be But beneath the g

  • Title: Evenings with Cary Grant: Recollections in His Own Words and by Those Who Knew Him Best
  • Author: NancyNelson Cary Grant
  • ISBN: 9781557839237
  • Page: 442
  • Format: Paperback
  • Applause Books Charming, witty, effortlessly debonair, and elegant, Cary Grant was the ultimate leading man, a silver screen icon who seemed to embody all that a movie star should be But beneath the glamour was a real and complicated man surprisingly vulnerable, unabashedly romantic, often exacting perfectionist who rose above a traumatic childhood and failed marriages Applause Books Charming, witty, effortlessly debonair, and elegant, Cary Grant was the ultimate leading man, a silver screen icon who seemed to embody all that a movie star should be But beneath the glamour was a real and complicated man surprisingly vulnerable, unabashedly romantic, often exacting perfectionist who rose above a traumatic childhood and failed marriages to become an incomparable Hollywood legend In this sublimely truthful and candid portrait, biographer Nancy Nelson draws on interviews with Grant, as well as material from his personal papers, along with loving, revelatory reminiscences from some of his closest friends and loved ones including Katharine Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Quincy Jones, James Stewart, and many to reveal the vaudevillian, actor, lover, and father With a treasury of both well loved and rarely seen photographs and a foreword by Grant s wife, Barbara, and daughter, Jennifer, this is the definitive biography of one of the screen s greatest stars.

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    1. Is there a woman (at least of my generation) who isn't in love with Cary Grant. He is handsome, his smile brings a smile to your face, and in so many of the wonderful movies he has made has such charm and warmth. I learned from reading what others in the movie industry and outside said that Grant was a loving, generous and devoted friend. He frequently bought gifts for friends--for no special reason. And he was extremely generous to charitable causes but often anyomously. The book is based upon [...]


    2. Nancy Nelson, after years of perseverance, convinced Cary Grant after his retirement to do the "Evenings/Conversations with" tours, and although public speaking was on his 'least favorite things to do' list, he grew to enjoy visiting various venues in the country and spending time with his adoring public. In fact, he died in November 1986 prior to doing one of these evenings. Nelson "envisioned a modest memoir"; however, Barbara Grant not only provided access to many friends of Cary Grant, but a [...]


    3. When I was going through a particularly bad time a month or so ago, my husband came back from the library, grinning as if he had found a treasure. Indeed he had. In the library's non-fiction section, he had stumbled upon a book on Cary Grant. It was not a biography, though it did trace the growth of the man called Archibald Leach and the artiste known as Cary Grant. I really wasn't in the mood to read (or write or work or do anything at all), but this was Cary Grant! While the blurbs at the back [...]


    4. I don't think this book was particularly well writtenIt jumped around from subject to subject. I often had to go back to figure out who was speaking. But it did sound like Cary Grant would have been a fascinating person to meet.


    5. This book warmed the cockney of my heart, showing us Cary Grant in his own words and in the words of friends, directors and fellow actors who knew him well. I would have liked (along with many movie-goers) a little more about the actual events on the set. Cary Grant was the man I'd like to be - and the man my wife wishes I was.


    6. Dyan Cannon has some Cary Grant buzz going. "Evenings with Cary Grant" is out of print; however, seek it out for a fun mosaic of opinion and experiences about one of the 20th century's most beloved actors. Unsurprisingly, Grant was many things to many people. From Kirkus Reviews:Engaging, warm chronological memoir of Cary Grant, assembled from his own words and those of friends and fellow actors by Nelson, who represented Grant on the lecture circuit during his last years. This is a big, solid G [...]


    7. This book is an absolute love fest for Grant and true fans will appreciate it. When I say love fest I mean the book does not bring up any of the darker side of Grant unlike other bios (most recently Dyan Cannon's). If you're looking for juicy details on his marriages or his LSD use you won't find it here. However what you will find is lovely quotes from pretty much everyone in the business with their take on Grant. Nelson also has many quotes from the man himself since she was in charge of his C [...]


    8. Ok, I may a little prejudiced about my review on this book becauseI ADORE CARY GRANT!And after having read this book I love him even more.This biography was written by a woman who dealt with Mr. Grant for many years organizing personal appearance's for him where he would take the stage and show clips from his movies and answer audience questions for about 2 hours. These tours were titled "An Evening With Cary Grant" (hence the book title).This book was approved by Cary's last wife and only child [...]


    9. I've started many biographies/autobiographies in my life and finished only a handful.This is probably the worse genre to read because it is done by people who do not know how to balance storytelling with truth to make a good read. This book was a fun read. I more then a little liked it.We get the big moments in Cary Grant's life but in the words of his friends, family and costars in a series of anecdotes and witty banter. I always loved Archie comics so the fact of the book is that Cary started [...]


    10. I didn't think I could possibly love Cary Grant any more than I did, but after finishing this book, I totally do. :) He's one of my favorite classic film actors, and apparently he was a funny, kind, and classy guy in real life too. Though the format of the book wasn't the most cohesive at times (sometimes the quotes about him would seem random, like she wanted to include them but wasn't sure where they'd fit), it was so enjoyable to read that many quotes from Cary Grant himself and by people who [...]


    11. While I will admit that I have always found Cary Grant to be handsome, I never imagined that I would find myself reading books about his life! It came about entirely by accident as I was standing in the bookstore a few months ago looking at a table of new books and came across the book of reminiscenses recently written by his daughter (Good Stuff by Jennifer Grant). I stood there paging through it looking for photos and found myself reading the first chapter. That was that - I put it on my libra [...]


    12. xoxoxoe/2012/10/eThrough the many anecdotes and quotes that Nelson assembles the reader learns not only about Grant, but about his friends and colleagues, like Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hughes, and Katherine Hepburn. Although Evenings With Cary Grant is more of a tribute than a detailed biography, from the Rashomon-like recollections of pivotal moments in his career a real sense of the man comes through. Grant was a complex individual who was grateful for his career and success, but was always st [...]


    13. What a wonderful biography of a great man and actor. Written as a story, this biography is informative, with a little humor thrown in, and will carry the reader through the book with interest, not just facts and dates. The photographs bring family and friends to life and make you feel you are a part of what was happening. Although it was choppy in a few places as far as time line goes, it is very well written. You get to know the friends and family members as well as insight into the personality [...]


    14. The book was very well researched and very well organized. I learned a lot about Cary Grant, the man and the actor. It was interesting to read about early Hollywood and other stars who were in Grant's circle. The book left me with a greater appreciation for Grant. The only criticisms I would give are that (1) the book could have been a lot shorter without redundant interviews on the same subject matter, and (2) the book reads like a one-dimensional love letter. Not that I wanted to read all the [...]


    15. This is the closest thing to an authorized biography of Grant. Near the end of Grant's life, Nelson convinced the shy actor to tour the country and talk about his life in front of small audiences. Although the book is nearly 400 pages, it's hardly a complete biography. The hagiography contains much minutia, but it does contain some interesting anecdotes and reminiscences from Grant's friends in the last half of his life. The impression, which seems to be accurate, is that Grant was universally l [...]


    16. Hands down my favorite book about Cary Grant, or about any movie star for that matter, full of anecdotes and memories from Grant, his friends and colleagues.During the last decade or so of his life Grant gave a series of lectures called "A Conversation With Cary Grant", a series put together by the author, Nancy Nelson. During that time she got to know him well and heard many stories, which she's done a great job of sharing in the book. It's a very entertaining, touching read.If you're looking f [...]


    17. After reading the memoir written by Dyan Cannon, which was interesting but a little gloomy, I really liked this biography. The author uses personal experience, interviews with those who knew Cary Grant, and access to his personal papers as the material for this book. It was interesting to see the story behind the man who was one of the greatest actors ever. His humor, charm, class, intelligence, talent and generosity made him a treasured friend to those who knew him. I've always been a Cary Gran [...]


    18. I have read a few books about Cary Grant and this one seems the most true to his spirit. Since it was written with the support of his wife, Barbara, and daughter, Jennifer, I imagine that it is the most factually true, as well.You get the sense that he really was loved and respected by his colleagues. He was was of the greatest screen actors and lived his life with grace and class.


    19. I really enjoyed this book. I do think it glossed over the more negative aspects of his life and personality, and was most definitely intended to show him in as positive a light as possible. But I think that goal was probably consistent with who he was as a person. Seemed like a lovely man. A well written and well researched book.


    20. A fun, witty and charming book about a great actor. There are a lot of laugh out loud stories. It was so good I was it had to come to an end. A lot of anecdotes of the past, his life and the celebrities he, and we, all came to know. A nice tribute. It is what you would expect - not a bad word about him.


    21. I've read several books on Cary Grant and this was a favorite. I love how it shared quotes and letters from people who actually knew him well which gave a clearer perspective of his character. It is charming and easy to read.








    22. Really good read about Cary Grant's life, made me fall in love with him all over again. Has quotes and stories about his life directly from him and his friends.


    23. For anyone who enjoys Cary Grant this is a must read. This isn't a gossip/tell all book. It's full of insightful personal & professional stories. Very interesting.


    24. Very interesting man! The book seeks to counter others written in a subtle way. The book could have been more clearly written. The reader has to back up at several points and wonder who said what.


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