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Good Stuff: A Reminiscence of My Father, Cary Grant Hardcover – Deckle Edge, May 3, 2011
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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.|
From Publishers Weekly
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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And in spite of his wealth it seems that Cary Grant went out of his way not to indulge her materially.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in getting her perspective.
Cary Grant made us laugh, as he made fun of Cary Grant, and "Archie", the dad, comes through nicely. Jennifer Grant did not need to write this for her own career, but to share with the world tender recollections of an elderly father, of whom she lost too soon. Thank you, Ms. Grant, for sharing...it is a nice story to tell, but you're also a talent in your own right.