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The author of the book: Marc Eliot
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Date of issue: February 25th 2006
ISBN 13: 9781845131517
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As a long-time Cary Grant fan, I am perhaps biased to enjoy anything related to the actor. This being said, I approached Marc Eliot's biography with great excitement and hope--and was left with my feelings drastically dashed to bits upon the floor.
Eliot's biography of Grant is very narrow-minded, gossipy, and tediously obsessed with the details of Grant's supposed bisexuality. Although the actor's sexual orientation is of little interest to a fan of the movie star and Hollywood legends in general, Eliot acts as if Grant's orientation is the governing motive of everything in Grant's life. Instead of receiving a well-rounded, fascinating, and complexly engaging portrait of Grant (as other books offer), we find this biography being the slightly-higher-literary-calibered version of a trashy tabloid we may find at the supermarket check-out. The glimpses we have of Grant's films and early life and career are refreshing escapes from the otherwise tediousness of this book.
Biographers owe it to readers to portray their subject according to facts, not according to a thesis. People are not to become specimens to pick apart and try to reassemble, but rather, to explain just as they are--fully assembled and in-tact. The "picking apart" should happen naturally, without having to dismember and mutilate a persona's various complexities and facets. In all fairness, Eliot's Jimmy Stewart: A Biography is much better written than the Grant one--but perhaps the author learned a lesson or two after writing on Stewart's contemporary and The Philadelphia Story co-star.
For a superior biography on Cary Grant, look to Nancy Nelson's Evenings with Cary Grant. Nelson was a personal friend and biographer of Grant and his family, and hers is the only book endorsed by them as well. Nelson, unlike Eliot, is able to paint a portrait of Grant that is not nuanced but raw and real, and yet, still manages to engage us and draw our admiration. Why? Because Grant, perfect or not, had charisma and grace even in his faults. He took responsibility and was reflective and intelligent, right up to the very end. Eliot's biography, in the end, never captures this crucial point like Nelson's work.
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