Film historian and acclaimed New York Times bestselling biographer Scott Eyman has written the definitive biography of Hollywood legend Cary Grant, one of the most accomplished—and beloved—actors of his generation, who remains as popular as ever today.
Born Archibald Leach in 1904, he came to America as a teenaged acrobat to find fame and fortune, but he was always haunted by his past. His father was a feckless alcoholic, and his mother was committed to an asylum when Archie was eleven years old. He believed her to be dead until he was informed she was alive when he was thirty-one years old. Because of this experience Grant would have difficulty forming close attachments throughout his life. He married five times and had numerous affairs.
Despite a remarkable degree of success, Grant remained deeply conflicted about his past, his present, his basic identity, and even the public that worshipped him in movies such as Gunga Din, Notorious, and North by Northwest.
Drawing on Grant’s own papers, extensive archival research, and interviews with family and friends, this is the definitive portrait of a movie immortal.
Scott Eyman was formerly the literary critic at The Palm Beach Post and is the author or coauthor of fifteen books, including the bestseller John Wayne and (with actor Robert Wagner) the bestsellers Pieces of My Heart and You Must Remember This. Among his other books are Hank and Jim: The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart; Empire of Dreams: The Epic Life of Cecil B. DeMille; Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer; and Print the Legend: The Life and Times of John Ford. Eyman also writes book reviews for The Wall Street Journal, and has written for The New York Times, TheWashington Post, and the Chicago Tribune. He and his wife, Lynn, live in West Palm Beach.
Praise for Hank and Jim: The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart "[A] remarkably absorbing, supremely entertaining joint biography of two Hollywood legends." —The New York Times Book Review
"Scott Eyman has a gift for exploring subjects we think we know, then deepening and enriching that knowledge through diligent research and his gift of observation. This book is no exception. Henry Fonda and James Stewart have never been captured so well, nor has their extraordinary fifty-year friendship.” —Leonard Maltin
John Wayne: The Life and Legend "Authoritative and engaging." —Peter Bogdanovich, The New York Times Book Review
"Deeply researched and totally absorbing." —The Wall Street Journal
"Wayne's intimates have told Eyman things here that they've never told anyone else." —The Los Angeles Times
Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer "Wonderfully readable . . . [Eyman] tracks Mayer's rise and fall with exhaustive detail and novelistic sweep." —Manohla Dargis, New York Times Books Review
"Anyone interested in filmmaking, then or now, should read Eyman's book at least twice." —Robert Osborne, The Hollywood Reporter
Print the Legend: The Life and Times of John Ford "Eyman has emerged as one of the most distinguished and reliable of popular film historians." —Washington Post Book World
Ernst Lubitsch: Laughter in Paradise "The book is written with the kind of intuitiveness that's rooted in knowledge and affection. Eyman's scholarship gives the reader pleasure." —Pauline Kael