Good Stuff

Good Stuff

A Reminiscence of My Father, Cary Grant

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Jennifer Grant is the only child of Cary Grant, who was, and continues to be, the epitome of all that is elegant, sophisticated, and deft. Almost half a century after Cary Grant's retirement from the screen, he remains the quintessential romantic comic movie star. He stopped making movies when his daughter was born so that he could be with her and raise her, which is just what he did.

Good Stuff is an enchanting portrait of the profound and loving relationship between a daughter and her father, who just happens to be one of America's most iconic male movie stars.

Cary Grant's own personal childhood archives were burned in World War I, and he took painstaking care to ensure that his daughter would have an accurate record of her early life. In Good Stuff , Jennifer Grant writes of their life together through her high school and college years until Grant's death at the age of eighty-two.

Cary Grant had a happy way of living, and he gave that to his daughter. He invented the phrase "good stuff" to mean happiness. For the last twenty years of his life, his daughter experienced the full vital passion of her father's heart, and she now--delightfully--gives us a taste of it.

She writes of the lessons he taught her; of the love he showed her; of his childhood as well as her own . . . Here are letters, notes, and funny cards written from father to daughter and those written from her to him . . . as well as bits of conversation between them (Cary Grant kept a tape recorder going for most of their time together).

She writes of their life at 9966 Beverly Grove Drive, living in a farmhouse in the midst of Beverly Hills, playing, laughing, dining, and dancing through the thick and thin of Jennifer's growing up; the years of his work, his travels, his friendships with "old Hollywood royalty" (the Sinatras, the Pecks, the Poitiers, et al.) and with just plain-old royalty (the Rainiers) . . .

We see Grant the playful dad; Grant the clown, sharing his gifts of laughter through his warm spirit; Grant teaching his daughter about life, about love, about boys, about manners and money, about acting and living.

Cary Grant was given the indefinable incandescence of charm. He was a pip . . .

Good Stuff captures his special quality. It gives us the magic of a father's devotion (and goofball-ness) as it reveals a daughter's special odyssey and education of loving, and being loved, by a dad who was Cary Grant.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307267108
0307267105
Branch Call Number: 791.43028092 GRA NVD
Characteristics: viii, 177 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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willy99
Jul 10, 2012

This is a love letter from a daughter to her father. Nothing more.
It is not a biography of Cary Grant. She even says that she has not read any of the books about her fathers life before she was born. Run from this trash.

DBStewart May 17, 2012

I found this book refreshing. It's nice to read a memoir that is filled with love, not a rehashing of old bitter feelings and old feuds that serves no purpose.
It's nice to know that Mr. Grant was a devoted and loving father. I found it interesting that he wished to preserve rememberences of her childhood for her to enjoy at a later period in her life. Good Stuff!

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mom2two08
Aug 18, 2011

I adore the actor, Cary Grant, so I thought I would enjoy the insight from his daughter, Jennifer. The photographs are nice and the archived letters give you a glimpse that the actor really loved his only child and daughter. Though, keep in mind, this is a grown child's recollection and adoration of her years with her Dad. She touches briefly on other subject matter in re guards to the actors personal life before she was born. Jennifer was born to Cary late in his life, so there are many, many, many years not even discussed. If you truly want to learn more about Cary Grant as a person and actor, this is not the book for you.

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samsis
Aug 12, 2011

I was really looking foward to reading this book from the only child of actor Cary Grant or rather Archibald Leach or "Archie". However the book is basically the following: my daddy loved me, my daddy loved me, my daddy kept a diary of his love for me. Yes very dull, written by someone who does not have a penchant for weaving any sort of intriguing tale. HO HUM!!!

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