Cary Grant: A Class Apart

Author:   Professor Graham McCann ,  Professor Grover Gardner ,  Professor Grover Gardner
Publisher:   Blackstone Audiobooks
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9781455128136


Publication Date:   20 March 2012
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For two moviegoing generations, Cary Grant was class--an effortless embodiment of gentlemanly grace and humor. But Cary Grant's greatest achievement was in creating himself and the irresistible character he became. In this savvy, fascinating portrait, McCann tracks the transformation of a life and looks closely at the sources of Cary Grant's charms, which did not come easily. Generously filled with anecdotes about fellow actors and directors, a realistic portrait of a complicated man emerges. And although Grant was criticized for remaining in Hollywood during World War II, it now seems that he may have worked as a special agent for British Intelligence: in 1947, Grant was awarded the King's Medal for Service in the Cause for Freedom, an honor that was not made public at the time. One of classic Hollywood's definitive leading men, Cary Grant was named one of the greatest male stars of all time by the American Film Institute. This biography yields a new appreciation of his work and his persona, which was at once familiar, yet always enigmatic, even to those who knew him best.

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Author:   Professor Graham McCann ,  Professor Grover Gardner ,  Professor Grover Gardner
Publisher:   Blackstone Audiobooks
Imprint:   Blackstone Audiobooks
Dimensions:   Width: 17.00cm , Height: 3.00cm , Length: 15.50cm
Weight:   0.299kg
ISBN:  

9781455128136


ISBN 10:   1455128139
Publication Date:   20 March 2012
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Audio
Publisher's Status:   Active
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A delightful appreciation of the archetypal movie star...In a pleasing mix of life story and film analysis, [McCann] meditates on the idea of Cary Grant and the actual person...Neat, well researched, and witty, the book earns respect for the author and a familiar wry smile at its reincarnation of Cary Grant. -- Kirkus Reviews McCann's outstanding achievement is his analysis of Grant's singular and lasting appeal as a classy but classless star. -- Booklist Though there have been more than ten biographies of Cary Grant, McCann's adds sensitivity, scholarship, and insight to that list. This excellent work will appeal to general readers browsing biography and film collections. -- Library Journal Writing with the low-key stylishness his subject deserves, [McCann] pays tribute to the working-class Englishman who became 'a democratic symbol of gentlemanly grace'...A decorous account of Grant's private life accompanies cogent descriptions of his performances. -- Amazon.com A terrific biography that explores the origins and dazzle of Grant's class act. -- Elle


McCann's outstanding achievement is his analysis of Grant's singular and lasting appeal as a classy but classless star. -- Booklist Writing with the low-key stylishness his subject deserves, [McCann] pays tribute to the working-class Englishman who became 'a democratic symbol of gentlemanly grace'...A decorous account of Grant's private life accompanies cogent descriptions of his performances. -- Amazon.com A delightful appreciation of the archetypal movie star...In a pleasing mix of life story and film analysis, [McCann] meditates on the idea of Cary Grant and the actual person...Neat, well researched, and witty, the book earns respect for the author and a familiar wry smile at its reincarnation of Cary Grant. -- Kirkus Reviews Though there have been more than ten biographies of Cary Grant, McCann's adds sensitivity, scholarship, and insight to that list. This excellent work will appeal to general readers browsing biography and film collections. -- Library Journal A terrific biography that explores the origins and dazzle of Grant's class act. -- Elle


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Graham McCann was educated at King's College, Cambridge. His books include Marilyn Monroe: The Body in the Library, Woody Allen: New Yorker, and Rebel Males: Clift, Brando, and Dean. A fellow and lecturer at Cambridge for twelve years, he now writes full time. Grover Gardner is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the Best Voices of the Century and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.

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