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Cary Grant’s Daughter Writes ‘Good Stuff’ In Memoir

by Kelcey Bridges 21 July 2011 490 views No Comment E-mail Kelcey Bridges

He was a screen legend, a natural born entertainer and master of all things suave. He was Cary Grant. And although he’s gone, his memory lives on through his body of work spanning over 30 years, his legacy and his daughter.

Jennifer Grant was born in 1966, making Cary Grant a first time father at age 62. It was quality over quantity that mattered in the 20 years she spent with her father, and now Jennifer is giving readers a peak into that life in the memoir, ‘Good Stuff.’

When you hear of children of celebrities writing books about their parents – it’s usually the same ‘ol song and dance. My childhood was horrible. I never saw my mother/father. The nanny raised me. I hated my parents. I hold them responsible for why I did a. b. and c. The memoir usually sells because the kid promises to reveal some haunting secrets about their celebrity parents. Yada. Yada. Yada.

Scroll through the pages of ‘Good Stuff,’ and you won’t find that.

In an interview with PopEater, Jennifer expressed why she decided to write the uncontroversial memoir.

“I was finally ready to share Dad with the world, it took me a while. I’ve always thought of a memoir as something nasty and terrible and I wouldn’t have known what to write so it never really crossed my mind but a couple of friends of mine in the same week asked me if I had ever considered writing a book on Dad and something about it struck me deeply because these are people very close to me, know how private I am and have been my entire life and I realized my memoir didn’t have to be like anybody else’s. So I put pen to paper and started.”

In the memoir out now, Jennifer focuses little on Cary Grant the movie star and rather draws attention to the doting father he was. I love how she rarely references him as “My father, Cary Grant,” instead she just refers to him as simply “Dad.”

It’s truly interesting to think of this book a the first real glimpse into the life of Cary Grant – the human being, instead of Cary Grant – the persona.

When describing his vision of ‘Cary Grant’, Grant himself said, “Everybody wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant. I pretended to be somebody I wanted to be, and, finally, I became that person. Or he became me.”

Grant was born Archibald Leach and adopted Cary Grant as his new name when his acting career took off, courtesy of Paramount Studios.

“I have spent the greater part of my life fluctuating between Archie Leach and Cary Grant, unsure of each, suspecting each,” Grant said.

For an in-depth look Cary Grant: the father, pick up Jennifer Grant’s ‘Good Stuff.’

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