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carey grant

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by matadorpoeta, May 27, 2005.

  1. matadorpoeta

    matadorpoeta Senior member

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    among other things, it was stated that in real life carey grant was not sophisticated or debonair. he knew nothing about wine and his idea of a fine meal was sausage and potatoes at a pub.

    i caught the show a little late but it seemed that he came from a less than affluent family and was raised by his mother. (i could be totally wrong on this.)

    so i'm curious, do you guys think he really knew how to dress? or did they simply do a great job of dressing him?

    the "upscale section" of our local racetrack, hollywood park, used to be called the carey grant pavilion. (it's now a sleazy casino.) they used to have pictures of him there and he didn't seem to be particulary well dressed. he already had white hair though.
     
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    RJman Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Born Archibald Leach, Grant came from a humbler background than his showbiz persona intimated and joked about not even he himself being able to be Cary Grant all the time.
     
  3. valejo

    valejo Well-Known Member

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    "Everyone wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant." - Cary Grant
     
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    At least he looked like Cary Grant.
     
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    "24 films in five years"--very impressive. Who works that much now? Just Samuel L. Jackson, I think.
     
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    (oldskool @ May 28 2005,16:35) recent biography on him was written, pick it up: Â http://www.amazon.com/exec....=507846
    "24 films in five years"--very impressive. Who works that much now? Just Samuel L. Jackson, I think.
    Nothing compared to the number Jude Law puts out [​IMG]
     
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    I commented in another thread about cool mvie stars that one of Grant's best films was Notorious. Hitchcock, Bergman, and Grant made a powerful combo.
     
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    Forget Beau Brummell. Cary Grant was the ultimate style icon, a man who transformed himself from a working class lad born in a poor working class neighbor in England to the gleaming persona of the aristocratic-seeming Cary Grant.

    And he did it without a stylist, without the help of a designer. He did it with his own wits and intelligence, a truly remarkable transformation that is unrivaled today.

    Cary Grant: A Celebration of Style tells the whole story. Highly recommended because I wrote it : )--RT
     
  10. rabbimark

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    you plug your book and don't give a link to the Amazon page where we can buy it? sheesh ... need to work on your marketing skills! alright, alright, I'll do it for you ... http://tinyurl.com/kvcyv (co-authored with Giorgio Armani, no less.)
     
  11. RJman

    RJman Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    (co-authored with Giorgio Armani, no less.)
    gah. Maybe I won't buy it then...
     
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    Armani just did the foreword [​IMG]
     
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    Nantucket Red Senior member

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    Plenty of excellent information on Cary Grant on this thread over at Devil's Island.
     
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    Ivan Kipling Senior member

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    Mr. Torregrossa's book is an engrossing read, to be sure. I had never noticed a number of the affectations to which Mr. Grant adhered, in order to camouflage 'figure flaws.' Some of the photos in Mr. T's book, are truly a surprise.

    It's true: Cary Grant came from humble beginnings. Might be why Mr. Grant never appeared to be effete onscreen, no matter how well groomed, or how well dressed.
     
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    what a treat, the author is on SF, thanks for the post.
     
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    Cary Grant most definitely was elegantly dressed in real life. Tonnes of photos suggest it, and as was said, he had no stylists. I think he dressed himself in a lot of his movies too.

    Just recently watched North By Northwest. Liked it apart from there being only one suit...
     
  17. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Senior member

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    The best style icon of all time.
     
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    Cary Grant most definitely was elegantly dressed in real life. Tonnes of photos suggest it, and as was said, he had no stylists. I think he dressed himself in a lot of his movies too.

    Just recently watched North By Northwest. Liked it apart from there being only one suit...


    I thought so too--that there was only one suit, the mid-gray one he memorably wears in the crop duster scenes. But at least in the stills he's swearing a herring bone or glen plaid or a suit with a pattern in the scene where he' s in the elevator with his mom on the far left and the two bad guys to his right and left. Must check that.
     
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    Grant was a great actor, no doubt about that. But, I think overall, Fred Astaire both for his style and originality thereof, was the great Hollywood style icon. It's really too bad that today's actors are, in general, styleless buffoons.
     
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    Zachary Scott was my all time favorite.[​IMG]
     

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