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Cary Grant: A Brilliant Disguise Reviews

Cary Grant: A Brilliant Disguise by Scott Eyman

Cary Grant: A Brilliant Disguise

Scott Eyman

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2 reviews

Imprint: Simon & Schuster
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 26 Nov 2020
ISBN: 9781501192111

Film historian and acclaimed bestselling biographer Scott Eyman has written the definitive biography of Hollywood legend Cary Grant, one of the most accomplished actors of his generation.

4 stars out of 5
20 Dec 2020

"I was struck by Eyman relating that Grant lived for many years in an unfinished house. What a metaphor! "

I was struck by Eyman relating that Grant lived for many years in an unfinished house. What a metaphor! The best interview is Eyman’s too, with Orry-Kelly, a fashion designer who knew Grant during his earliest days in America: ‘In Cary’s case, his faith ended with himself. He had no faith. I realised his torture.’ Glancy’s life is good; Eyman’s is superb. Neither definitively answer what some — but not I — believe is the most pressing question: did he sleep with Randolph Scott? Having read two desolate books on the mother of impostor syndromes, I can only say — I hope so!

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4 stars out of 5
Clive Davis
14 Nov 2020

"conscientiously researched and gracefully written"

Grant skipped from one marriage to another. His early experiences with his dysfunctional mother appear to have left him with a distrust of intimacy. It has long been assumed that he had a secret gay life, yet Eyman comes up with little in the way of firm evidence. The photograph of him working out in skimpy shorts alongside his long-time housemate Randolph Scott certainly looks ridiculously camp (gossip about the two men was always in the air). Eyman, however, isn’t convinced.