Cary Grant: Haunted Idol

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To millions of moviegoers around the world, Cary Grant epitomizes the glamour and the style of Hollywood in its golden years. With his dark hair and mischievous smile, he is, was and always will be one of the great stars, and in the decade since his death, the incandescence of his image on the screen has not dimmed. Born Archie Leach, the only child of a poor tailor's presser and an unstable mother, in Bristol in 1904, Cary Grant became what the critic Pauline Kael once memorably called the "fairy tale hero". Handsome, debonair, endlessly attractive and yet never seeming to take himself seriously, he was pursued by some of the most beautiful women in the history of the cinema, among them Marlene Dietrich, Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. In a career spanning 72 films, he appeared with such notable co-stars as Mae West, Katherine Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, Grace Kelly. He was also directed by some of Hollywood's greatest directors, including Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, Leo McCarey, George Cukor, Stanley Donen and Frank Capra. Grant was five times married, to a succession of beautiful women, including the heiress Barbara Hutton and the actress Dyan Cannon, and sustained a tortured relationship with money.

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Born Archie Leach, the only child of a poor tailor's presser and an unstable mother, in Bristol, England, in 1904, Cary Grant became what the critic Pauline Kael once memorably called "the fairy-tale hero." In Geoffrey Wansell's illuminating study the author traces the threads of both light and dark in this Hollywood immortal.

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Geoffrey Wansell is a bestselling author and award winning journalist who has written more than a dozen books and worked for newspapers and magazines around the world in a career spanning five decades. His work has appeared in the Daily Mail, The Times and the Sunday Telegraph in Britain, as well as many other periodicals across all five continents. His books include biographies of the iconic movie star Cary Grant, the controversial Anglo-French business billionaire Sir James Goldsmith, the playwright Terence Rattigan and the British serial killer Frederick West, a role he was appointed to officially by the Supreme Court of England and Wales. He was also executive producer of the Twentieth Century Fox film, When the Whales Came, which starred Helen Mirren, Paul Scofield and David Suchet, with whom he went on to write a bestselling book about the actor's role playing Agatha Christie's Belgian detective Hercule Poirot on television over twenty five years.

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