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Après ski on one of our rare trips to the snow. Dad didn't ski but filmed me making a mess of it. Here we're stuck on some Rubik's Cube–type game. Vail, Colorado, circa 1976. Cary Grant and Jennifer, circa 1969. A restaurant in New York, 1969. One of my favorite pictures of Mom (Dyan Cannon), circa 1967. The summer hat, the dignified gaze . . . gorgeous.


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While Cary Grant's private life has always been open to wide speculation, as a father he kept a thorough family archive for his only child. Grant's daughter pays loving tribute to her father in a memoir interspersed with intimate photos, notes, and endearing transcripts of a parent dedicated to love and learning; along the way she gives insight into Cary Grant as caregiver, friend, teacher ("Dad ÿhomeschooled' me in life seven days a week"), traveler, style icon, businessman, and husband to his last wife, Barbara Harris. She fondly notes his favorite pursuits like the racetrack and Dodger games, but she also addresses being the daughter of a star ("inherent fame left me entirely ill-prepared for the realities of the world), money matters (one Christmas Grant gave his seven-year-old stock shares), and even addresses the gay rumors. She writes sparingly here of her mother, Dyan Cannon (she and Grant divorced when Jennifer was one), but records her feelings as Grant remarries and a new family emerges as the octogenarian Grant struggles to father another child. Grant nicely chronicles for her father's fans the life behind the legend and the authentic image of parental love off the screen. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; 1St Edition edition (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780307267108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307267108
  • ASIN: 0307267105
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.9 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #385,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By G.I Gurdjieff TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
What I liked about this affectionate love letter that Jennifer Grant has created to her father's memory is that it gives its reader a glimpse into the very private life of Cary Grant. While Grant was no doubt one of those bigger than life personalities that romanced his way across the screen when most of his contemporaries eyed retirement, there was a totally different person who turned to jelly when in the hands of his only child who was for certain the great love of his life.
For me, this book brought back memories. I remember reading about him having a kid when he was in his sixties. I was a kid myself and wondered if he knew what he was letting himself in for. Apparently he knew only too well and he made the time he had with his daughter count. Grant was a superb and doting dad who probably gave more of himself because he was exiting a full time movie career and he realized the importance of what probably really was his greatest work. I also remember hearing that he died suddenly in Iowa. I wondered what recollections his daughter would have to carry her through the years.
This book is crammed with anecdotes that only a daughter could tell. There are tender moments, adventures, mementos, and memories shared that put a new light on Cary Grant. The many pictures in this book speak volumes of the bond they shared and that couldn't be broken by death. While this book may peripherally provide insight into the life of a celebity's child such as dining with royalty and globe hopping, the real message here is what a wonderful and unforgettable parent Cary Grant was.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Tim Swartos on June 4, 2011
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Thank you so much for sharing, Jennifer. As a father of an eight yr old daughter and only a few years younger than you, I took away far more from your book than I anticipated. I read the book the first night of the release and finished same day. I truly re-examined myself as a father. Welling up when pride and loss, thinking about your dad sitting in his car just waiting to catch a glimpse of you on the bus on the way to school. Knowing that as a father myself, I go the extra mile for my daughter and wife.

In fact, I can't keep thinking that you could keep writing. Its been weeks since i read the book and my mind keeps drifting back about how much i just enjoyed the writing style and flow of the book. please do write more! Doesn't have to be about Cary, I really enjoyed the style. I also think u should write a set of children's books! Call it the "good stuff" series maybe starring a boy named archie... between your personal experience as a parent plus all the amazing source material your father left for you. Just updating, translating or sharing the early 19th century childhood memories, songs and poems that Cary taught you could fill series based on what you've shared in this book. I'd be first in line to buy it!
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By hooligan on May 17, 2011
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After reading this book, I wished I could have rented out Cary Grant as a dad! Growing up without a father, I wished I could have stopped along Benedict Canyon on the way home from school to see what Jennifer and her dad were up to! This book is a very enjoyable read - a loving portrait of the private side of a well-loved public figure. I didn't want it to end! P.S.: I would haved tried to make him buy me a pair of Kork-Ease shoes from the Country Mart!
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By AStodghill on May 4, 2011
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A delightful glimpse into the life of a beloved actor and an even more beloved father. The love between Jennifer and her father quietly fills the book to create a beautiful example of the special relationship between fathers and daughters. The stories, notes and anecdotes are simply fun. Would make a great gift for Father's Day.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Adriane Miles on July 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I'm only 32 so I watched many of Grant's films after his death but he always struck me as a very suave sophisticated man. A gentleman. He adored and doted on his only child Jennifer. I do remember seeing her on 90210 as Steve's girlfriend and always thought she was beautiful. She recalls memories of her father with love, happiness and gratitude. Not many daughters have this type of relationship with their fathers and it's unfortunate. Was it because he was 66 when she was born and had decided to retire from show business? That's not important, but every daughter deserved the type of father he was. Jennifer is a very lucky woman.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amy on May 11, 2011
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I just got this book today and read it in one sitting. I have been a Cary Grant fan since I was a young child and my mother introduced me to the movie, Topper. When I saw this book, I knew it was going to be a must-read for me. I loved how Jennifer described life with her father. It was such a unique look at someone I have admired for so long and her memories made me fall for him even more. I find it so sweet that he went to such great lengths to preserve their time together. It made me look differently at how I will preserve memories for my own children. Thank you, Jennifer, for this wonderful look into such a precious part of your life.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. L. Smith on August 21, 2011
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It was very nice to read a book from a child of celebrities that doesn't rip them to shreds. The book is about her Dad, she doesn't ignore her mother. I agree with Ms Grant that her Dad was a wonderful father. The lengths he went to to document her life is amazing. More importantly he taught her some very practical things, unique to a celebrity child. Not only how to manage money, but her life. He taught how lucky she was to have what she had & that others are not so lucky. He instilled great values in her, so it's no wonder he loved her so much.
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