Bristol Festival of Ideas: Cary Grant: The Making of a Hollywood Legend

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Bristol Festival of Ideas: Cary Grant: The Making of a Hollywood Legend

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On what would have been Cary Grant’s 117th birthday, biographer Mark Glancy talks about Grant’s experiences growing up in Bristol, including startling new revelations about his family history. The talk will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with Cary Comes Home Festival director Charlotte Crofts, chaired by Andrew Kelly (Bristol Festival of Ideas).

Archie Leach was a poorly educated, working-class boy from a troubled family living in the backstreets of Bristol. Cary Grant was Hollywood’s most debonair film star – the embodiment of worldly sophistication. Cary Grant: The Making of a Hollywood Legend tells the incredible story of how a sad, neglected boy became the suave, glamorous star many know and idolise. The first biography to be based on Grant’s own personal papers, this book takes us on a fascinating journey from the actor’s difficult childhood through years of struggle in music halls and vaudeville, a hit-and-miss career in Broadway musicals, and three decades of film stardom during Hollywood’s golden age.

Leaving no stone unturned, Glancy delves into all aspects of Grant’s life, from the bitter realities of his impoverished childhood to his trailblazing role in Hollywood as a film star who defied the studio system and took control of his own career. Highlighting Grant’s genius as an actor and a filmmaker, Glancy examines the crucial contributions Grant made to such classic films as Bringing Up Baby (1938), The Philadelphia Story (1940), Notorious (1946), An Affair to Remember (1957), North by Northwest (1959), Charade (1963) and Father Goose (1964). He also explores Grant’s private life with new candor and insight, illuminating how Grant’s search for happiness and fulfillment lead him to having his first child at the age of 62 and embarking on his fifth marriage at the age of 77.

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6.00pm - 7.00pm

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£0 - £10

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