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Evenings with Cary Grant: Recollections in His Own Words and by Those Who Knew Him Best

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A lively Hollywood memoir that reveals Cary Grant at his most charming, told in his own words and those of other screen and media legends who knew him best. Nancy Nelson presents a well-rounded portrait of the person behind the elegant, refined screen star. 16-page insert.
Paperback, 448 pages
Published June 10th 1994 by Warner Books (NY) (first published October 1st 1991)
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I've started many biographies/autobiographies in my life and finished only a handful.
This is probably the worse genre to read because it is done by people who do not know how to balance storytelling with truth to make a good read.
This book was a fun read. I more then a little liked it.
We get the big moments in Cary Grant's life but in the words of his friends, family and costars in a series of anecdotes and witty banter. I always loved Archie comics so the fact of the book is that Cary started
The book was very well researched and very well organized. I learned a lot about Cary Grant, the man and the actor. It was interesting to read about early Hollywood and other stars who were in Grant's circle. The book left me with a greater appreciation for Grant. The only criticisms I would give are that (1) the book could have been a lot shorter without redundant interviews on the same subject matter, and (2) the book reads like a one-dimensional love letter. Not that I wanted to read all the ...more
Dyan Cannon has some Cary Grant buzz going. "Evenings with Cary Grant" is out of print; however, seek it out for a fun mosaic of opinion and experiences about one of the 20th century's most beloved actors. Unsurprisingly, Grant was many things to many people.

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Engaging, warm chronological memoir of Cary Grant, assembled from his own words and those of friends and fellow actors by Nelson, who represented Grant on the lecture circuit during his last years. This is a big, solid G
This book is an absolute love fest for Grant and true fans will appreciate it. When I say love fest I mean the book does not bring up any of the darker side of Grant unlike other bios (most recently Dyan Cannon's). If you're looking for juicy details on his marriages or his LSD use you won't find it here. However what you will find is lovely quotes from pretty much everyone in the business with their take on Grant. Nelson also has many quotes from the man himself since she was in charge of his C ...more
Ok, I may a little prejudiced about my review on this book because
And after having read this book I love him even more.
This biography was written by a woman who dealt with Mr. Grant for many years organizing personal appearance's for him where he would take the stage and show clips from his movies and answer audience questions for about 2 hours. These tours were titled "An Evening With Cary Grant" (hence the book title).
This book was approved by Cary's last wife and only child
While I will admit that I have always found Cary Grant to be handsome, I never imagined that I would find myself reading books about his life! It came about entirely by accident as I was standing in the bookstore a few months ago looking at a table of new books and came across the book of reminiscenses recently written by his daughter (Good Stuff by Jennifer Grant). I stood there paging through it looking for photos and found myself reading the first chapter. That was that - I put it on my libra ...more
Elizabeth Periale

Through the many anecdotes and quotes that Nelson assembles the reader learns not only about Grant, but about his friends and colleagues, like Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hughes, and Katherine Hepburn. Although Evenings With Cary Grant is more of a tribute than a detailed biography, from the Rashomon-like recollections of pivotal moments in his career a real sense of the man comes through. Grant was a complex individual who was grateful for his career and suc
What a wonderful biography of a great man and actor. Written as a story, this biography is informative, with a little humor thrown in, and will carry the reader through the book with interest, not just facts and dates. The photographs bring family and friends to life and make you feel you are a part of what was happening. Although it was choppy in a few places as far as time line goes, it is very well written. You get to know the friends and family members as well as insight into the personality ...more
Hands down my favorite book about Cary Grant, or about any movie star for that matter, full of anecdotes and memories from Grant, his friends and colleagues.

During the last decade or so of his life Grant gave a series of lectures called "A Conversation With Cary Grant", a series put together by the author, Nancy Nelson. During that time she got to know him well and heard many stories, which she's done a great job of sharing in the book. It's a very entertaining, touching read.

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This is the closest thing to an authorized biography of Grant. Near the end of Grant's life, Nelson convinced the shy actor to tour the country and talk about his life in front of small audiences. Although the book is nearly 400 pages, it's hardly a complete biography. The hagiography contains much minutia, but it does contain some interesting anecdotes and reminiscences from Grant's friends in the last half of his life. The impression, which seems to be accurate, is that Grant was universally l ...more
It is a wonderful remembrance from his family and friends. A very easy read. I really enjoyed it.
Jan 10, 2009 Mark rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys history of Hollywood and, especially, a fan of Cary Grant.
A fun, witty and charming book about a great actor. There are a lot of laugh out loud stories. It was so good I was it had to come to an end. A lot of anecdotes of the past, his life and the celebrities he, and we, all came to know. A nice tribute. It is what you would expect - not a bad word about him.
I don't think this book was particularly well written...It jumped around from subject to subject. I often had to go back to figure out who was speaking. But it did sound like Cary Grant would have been a fascinating person to meet.
I recommend this book before picking up any other biography on Cary. The book is compiled from Cary's own notes on his life and from the people who were the closest to him. A terrific read.
For anyone who enjoys Cary Grant this is a must read. This isn't a gossip/tell all book. It's full of insightful personal & professional stories. Very interesting.
Really good read about Cary Grant's life, made me fall in love with him all over again. Has quotes and stories about his life directly from him and his friends.
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Cary Grant my absolute favorite classic leading man. So incredibly dashing and debonaire. And funny! He had terrific comedic timing.
interesting read about one of my favorite actors. as close to a true biography as you can find on him.
I love Cary Grant and the insights in this book made me love him even more.
Jessie Heil
Great book about the charming Cary Grant. I love him even more!
my favorite actor and some great stories. this was a gift from karen.
Riveting book for any Cary Grant fan...I enjoyed it.
Cynde mitchell
Beautifully written.He was truly a great man
The love of my youth,, and he was NEVER gay,,
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