Cary Grant Special | online talk and book launch

Celebrate the life of Bristol’s own Cary Grant with an online talk by biographer Dr Mark Glancy, happening on a screen in your home on 18 Jan!

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 quintessential movie star. The two are one and the same.

On what would have been Cary Grant’s 117th birthday, biographer Mark Glancy will be delving into all aspects of Grant’s life at this special online event, part of the Bristol Festival of Ideas.

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).

Glancy will talk about Grant’s experiences growing up in Bristol, as well as his highly successful Hollywood career. Highlighting Grant’s genius as an actor and a filmmaker, Glancy will examine the crucial contributions Grant made to 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).

Cary Grant: The Making of a Hollywood Legend is a book that tells the fascinating story of how a neglected boy became the star of several Hitchcock films. It is the first biography to be based on Grant’s own personal papers. Biographer Glancy takes the reader from the actor’s difficult childhood through years of struggle in vaudeville and a hit-and-miss career in Broadway musicals, ending with his three decades of film stardom during Hollywood’s golden age.

It is also a frank look at Grant’s personal life, with Glancy uncovering how the Horfield-born actor’s search for happiness and fulfilment lead to multiple elopements and failed marriages.

View the special online event on Monday 18 January | 6–7pm | ‘pay what you feel’

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