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Dear Cary: My Life with Cary Grant Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 20, 2011
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He was the most charming, handsome, romantic, and famous leading man in the world... what could possibly go wrong?
With unparalleled honesty, Dyan Cannon shares the heartwarming and heartbreaking story of her magical romance and stormy marriage to screen legend Cary Grant. He was the ultimate star, defining Hollywood glamour as well as cinematic achievement. She was a bright new actress, beautiful and funny, who would one day prove her talent by being the first woman to receive Academy Award nominations for her work on-screen and behind the camera.
When he asked to meet Dyan, she assumed it was for an acting part, but he had a different role in mind for her...and so began a storybook romance that brought her to dizzying heights. On his arm, she found herself traveling in the inner circles of power and glamour in which Cary Grant was king, with friends such as Jimmy Stewart, Frank Sinatra, Audrey Hepburn, and so many others considered Hollywood royalty.
Behind closed doors, she discovered a Cary no one knew. A thoughtful, caring, and private person, with dark family secrets that weighed heavily on him. He was a man contending with the swan song of an astonishing film career while her career was just beginning. Despite the age difference, they fell in love, got married, and had a beautiful daughter together. Happily Ever After still proved elusive, and their relationship was beset with tragic twists and turns. It took a tremendous toll on Dyan as she struggled to keep her heart and mind intact.
With rare photos and never-before-seen letters and notes from Cary Grant, Dear Cary is told with poignancy and hard-won wisdom. For anyone who has ever loved and lost, Dyan Cannon’s memoir is an exploration of what love means, and an inspirational story of surviving life’s slings and arrows.
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|Aloha! A snap from a Hawaiian-themed party Cary and I attended during our first year of dating.||You may kiss the bride! Cary’s attorney Stanley Fox stands at left. Addie Gould, my agent and best friend, right.||One thing we always agreed on: Our baby was the most beautiful baby in the world! (Philippe Halsman/Magnum Photos)||Frank Sinatra’s weekend soirée for Rosalind Russell. $25,000 is still a lot of money for a party, but the same affair today could have cost as much as a quarter-million dollars.||What more can a girl ask for than to have Cary Grant as her driver?|
“A revealing look at Cannon’s relationship with her first husband, who happened to be a Hollywood legend. (USA Today )
“Cannon writes of her time with one of Hollywood’s most glamorous and charming men and of her own life, pre- and post-Grant...with refreshing humor.. For those who enjoy memoirs of gutsy survivors.” (Library Journal )
“Candid.” (Los Angeles Times )
“[Cannon’s] candid memoir chronicles the near fairy tale May-December romance between the ingénue and the legendary star.” (Los Angeles Times )
Top Customer Reviews
This memoir is an easy read and gives a basic chronology of Grant's life with Cannon. For me, the most interesting sections described Grant's early and often painful life - as he related it to Dyan, along with her own recollections of meeting Grant's mother.
I'd hoped for detailed descriptions of conversations between Cannon and Grant. What did they discuss? But such details are lacking, a point Dyan herself acknowledges when she writes that she simply can't have perfect recall of their conversations.
Instead she attempts to remain faithful, as she puts it, to "the way we talked". Her honesty is appreciated. Just don't expect to find much depth in the sections focusing on the couple's conversations.
On the Kindle edition of this book,there is a disclaimer that the book is a "work of fiction." This sentence appears under the word "copyright" which is printed in blue. From other reader comments, it seems that the disclaimer may be in another part of the book - or perhaps not at all. I can only vouch for the Kindle edition.
There are some solid reasons to recommend this book to fans of Cary Grant and/or Dyan Cannon. Grant's fascination with LSD
as a path to spiritual growth is not glossed over. He pushes Dyan to take the drug and I'll leave it to potential readers to learn about her experiences with acid. No spoilers about that.
Cannon's analysis of Grant's flaws seemed very credible to me and can be supported by other biographies of the actor.Read more ›
If you are looking for a book about Cary Grant then this effort will be something of a disappointment. This book was written by Dyan Cannon, for Dyan Cannon and about Dyan Cannon. If you are looking for a partial autobiography of Dyan Cannon; then this book will be interesting and worthwhile. The title is partly a marketing subterfuge as books about Cary Grant sell better than books about Dyan Cannon. (There is a new letter Dyan just wrote to Cary, at the very end of this book, that ties in with the title as well).
The book mainly struck me as an effort by Dyan to dredge through her past as a catharsis of sorts. As such, it tends to be somewhat self-centered as one might certainly expect a catharsis to be. From the time she split with Cary Grant both Cary and Jennifer basically disappear from the story and it degenerates into yet another Hollywood rehab journey. Yada, Yada!! After their split there is nothing much about how the split effected Jennifer or Cary as it focuses on Dyan to the virtual exclusion of all else. There is no follow-up during the later years, after the divorce, when reportedly Dyan and Cary were much friendlier toward each other. The story abruptly stops so it does not cover his death or anything else beyond a few years after their divorce. Earlier in the book there are numerous flashbacks that take us to the pre-Cary days in Dyan's life and these do nothing much to enlighten or interest a Cary Grant fan as they naturally focus on Dyan exclusively.
If you want a book about Dyan Cannon this is really a fine book as it is unrestrained, unvarnished and very revealing about her life.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting insights into that classic age of film and perhaps more than I wanted to know about Cary Grant and the demons that haunted him. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Marilyn Hay
I believe that Dyan is a and ALWAYS been a bit "delusional" & we all know that Cary had his "issues" as well!Published 4 days ago by Mary O'Connor
While I was hoping for more 'dirt', this was interesting. I saw Dyan in a new light. She is stronger than I ever would have thought.Published 5 days ago by Susan Belvo
It appeals to the Hollywood gossip in me but it's not very well written and seems a bit vengeful because Mr. Grant is dead and cannot respond.Published 7 days ago by Margot L. Stone
Cary Grant was probably my favorite actor. I've always loved him. And, I've always loved Dyan Cannon. She's really funny. Read morePublished 8 days ago by CC
Change the name David to Margaret - I am the customer. not my husband.
This book was well written in terms of just the facts. Read more
I really felt so sorry for Dyan Cannon. My view of Cary Grant was changed by hearing of his use of LSD. He was certainly a very mixed up man. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer