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Dear Cary: My Life with Cary Grant | [Dyan Cannon]

Dear Cary: My Life with Cary Grant

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....
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Publisher's Summary

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 Noel Coward, 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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©2011 Bonkers Entertainment, Inc. (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Heidi St Martin, United Kingdom 11-19-11
    Heidi St Martin, United Kingdom 11-19-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Fascinating story, more than an autobiography."

    Before I read this I wasn't expecting more than a name dropping bio but this is something completely different. Excellently composed, the stories link together and the whole is a coherent study of 2 real people who just happened to be well known actors. The fact that Dyan Cannon reads this makes it very personal and there are times when it is clear that reading it brought back profound feelings for her.
    Overall this is a really good book on many levels and the last chapter is an emotional high for both the narrator and listener.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    NANCAN Charlottesville, VA 10-19-12
    NANCAN Charlottesville, VA 10-19-12 Member Since 2011

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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    What I thought would be a fascinating story with insight into a May/December marriage turned out to be a whine fest from Dyan Cannon. She portrays herself as some kind of "free spirit" who "accidentally" married Cary Grant. You'd think she never heard of him, his previous marriages or lifestyle before marrying him. In fact, on the day they married, she was ready to back out, but apparently decided to ignore the three billion warning signs and go forward anyway. Grant is pictured as a controlling, meticulous persona - which very well could be true. He seemed to spend a good portion of his later years dropping LSD in an effort to come to terms with himself and a very miserable childhood. His possible bi-sexuality is glossed over, and it very well could have played a role in why he seemed like such an inattentive husband who wanted to be married to an object vs. a real person. The title of this book should have been "Wishful Thinking ... 101 Reasons Not to Marry Somebody Like Cary Grant". Most annoying was the "letter to Cary" at the very end which seemed like a rambling rant to me .... blah, blah, blah.


    What could Dyan Cannon have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Been more truthful with herself.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dyan Cannon?

    No one.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment and disbelief that anyone was SO BLIND.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks for the refund.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret T Hawthorne Washington, DC United States 07-25-12
    Margaret T Hawthorne Washington, DC United States 07-25-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Extremely well done!"
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    Dyan did a masterful job with this book both in content and in narriating. I enjoyed it completely and wholeheartedly recommend it to others.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    03-02-12
    03-02-12 Member Since 2009
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    "End of a fairy tale"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dear Cary to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the print version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dear Cary?

    I found the whole of the book interesting and the end sad.


    Which character – as performed by Dyan Cannon – was your favorite?

    Cary Grant


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end because Dyan sounded so sad.


    Any additional comments?

    I did write a review before but it did not seem to be published. I enjoyed the book and I wanted to know more ....i.e. what happened to Cary , Dyan and their daughter.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 10-09-11
    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 10-09-11 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "There are always more than one side to a story"

    It is possible that everything Dyan Cannon wrote is true. It is also possible it is HER truth and Cary isn't here to tell his side. I so wish hollywood authors would not narrate their books. She has dry mouth, it is so irritating. A trained narrator might have given this story more merit. Of course I purchased because I wanted a peek into Cary Grant. I am a fan. I didn't find alot of this believable, and I will delete most from my memory. I wonder what your daughter thinks about this?

    6 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    "Disappointing"

    Interesting in parts but far too self pitying for my liking. Repetitive in places and feels disingenious and unbalanced. Far too woe is poor little naive me!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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