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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (128 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Graham McCann Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • “A terrific biography that explores the origins and dazzle of Grant’s class act.”


  • “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.”


  • “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

  • “McCann’s outstanding achievement is his analysis of Grant’s singular and lasting appeal as a classy but classless star.”


  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carrie | 10/30/2013

    " I loved this book almost as much as I love Cary Grant! (And that's a lot!) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Linda | 10/7/2013

    " I very much enjoyed this book. Its focus was mainly on Grant's acting and what made him the great actor that he was - and how he created the "Cary Grant" character. Makes you want to go and watch his movies all over again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Melissa | 9/26/2013

    " I love reading about the lives of movies starts that I love. This was well done. I learned so much! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Charlotte | 6/3/2013

    " I love Cary Grant, so this was a really good book into his life. "

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About the Author

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.