Dear Cary: My Life with Cary Grant

Dear Cary My Life with Cary Grant Actress Dyan Cannon s relationship with film legend Cary Grant was short tumultuous and by every description odd When they began living together she was he was Three years later they marri

  • Title: Dear Cary: My Life with Cary Grant
  • Author: Dyan Cannon
  • ISBN: 9780061961403
  • Page: 286
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Actress Dyan Cannon s relationship with film legend Cary Grant was short, tumultuous, and, by every description, odd When they began living together, she was 25 he was 58 Three years later, they married, but within a year and a half, she left him, amidst reports of loud arguments and spanking episodes Their divorce, finalized in 1968, was a major news splash even in thActress Dyan Cannon s relationship with film legend Cary Grant was short, tumultuous, and, by every description, odd When they began living together, she was 25 he was 58 Three years later, they married, but within a year and a half, she left him, amidst reports of loud arguments and spanking episodes Their divorce, finalized in 1968, was a major news splash even in that pre TMZ, pre internet era Grant died in 1986, but Cannon has continued to wrestle with the details, the rights, and the wrongs of their relationship Dear Cary is a memoir that celebrates and scrutinizes the great love of her life.

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    1. This was a pleasantly surprising read, in fact I was unable to be parted from it for very long. Let's be honest, most of us would never pick up a bio of Dyan Cannon, but that all changes when Cary Grant is the subject. Given the plentiful multitude of books about Cary and some extraordinary claims that get more outlandish depending on the authors' hellbent needs for scandal, Ms. Cannon's book is very down-to-earth and revealing, without being too revealing.Cannon starts the book really explainin [...]

    2. This book started out a little choppy but quickly became engrossing. I've had an interest in Cary Grant ever since I saw him in the comedy "Arsenic and Old Lace" as a kid. From the outside he appeared to have it all -- talent, sophistication, popularity, and money. But to be in a relationship with him was apparently a completely different thing.I had previously read Maureen Donaldson's "An Affair to Remember: My Life With Cary Grant," in which she mentions Dyan Cannon a couple times. (Donaldson [...]

    3. I'm torn about how to rate this book was a definite page turner, I couldn't put it down. But in some ways I wish that I hadn't read it, because it changed the positive impression that I had of Cary Grant in general. After reading Jennifer Grant's very loving book about Cary Grant as a father, Dyan Cannon's book was a sad bookend. It was fascinating to read the early part of the book, about her early days in Hollywood, and being wooed by Cary Grant, but after a few years together, things became v [...]

    4. This was a fairly decent book, all things considered. It is the saga of Diane Friesen and Archibald Leach, known to the world as Dyan Cannon and Cary Grant: their courtship, marriage and the inevitable divorce that followed.I had an ulterior motive in withdrawing this title from the library: I wanted to dig up info on Randolph Scott, Grant's room mate for years and rumoured to be his homosexual love interest. I need not have bothered, as Scott's name never comes up. I tried hard to believe that [...]

    5. Dyan Cannon tells about her years with Cary Grant.This book was given to me by a friend. I probably would not have read it otherwise. Not because it was written by Dyan Cannon but because it concerns Cary Grant. Both stars that I admire. Its not always good to read negative things about someone you place on a pedestal. And I have placed Cary Grant high on a pedestal. He was born way before my time but his presence on screen is timeless. But we are all human, even celebrities. We all have our qui [...]

    6. I'm a huge fan of Cary Grant. The first movie I watched of his was "An Affair to Remember" and I fell head over heels for him. Not hard, he basically played the perfect man. Handsome, charming, romantic - what's not to love?! In fact, that's who Cary Grant pretty much played his whole life. So it's actually not surprising to me after reading "Dear Cary" that Mr. Grant himself had trouble BEING Cary Grant. It's hard to live up to everyone's expectation when you're whole life you've played the per [...]

    7. As a fan of Cary Grant's, I really wanted to read this book. I started reading it yesterday and couldn't put it down until I finished it.I certainly learned a lot about a man I knew nothing about beyond his films. He, like many people, was flawed. He had issues. While I certainly can't speak for him, I would venture to say that many of his issues were a direct result of the trauma he experienced as a child. Imagine being 10 years old and told that your mom was dead. Then imagine 20 years later b [...]

    8. Well I'm giving this three stars for the simple fact that it was interesting but also only 3 stars because Cannon wrote this when it seems no one is around to dispute it OR validate it. She claims for years and years many have offered her MILLIONS AND MILLIONS and MILLIONS of dollars to write her story of her life with Cary Grant and she wouldn't she said oh no that's my life my personal life I'll never do it Well apparently it became ok to tell her private story. I can't make a call on what is [...]

    9. When she married Cary Grant, Dyan Cannon broke my heart. Never mind that my crush on her was obviously unrequited. One unanswerable question bedeviled my mind for days. Why? Yes, he was Cary Grant. And, no, no one else presented so much smooth charm. But still, the age difference And he had to have faults, evil traits even, hidden behind that damned charm If that’s really what she wanted to do Eventually, of course, it all wore away. Imagine then, stumbling over her memoir of the whole thing. [...]

    10. I'm not sure what about the Kindle description of Dear Cary made this look like it might be a fun read. It was not. In fairness, I went in with my eyes wide open. Celebrity bios are usually either delightful, or a complete bag of hammers. I knew this might be a trash piece on Cary Grant and everything that makes him one of America's most well-loved glamour boys. Read more of this review at fefferbooks.

    11. I could not put this book down. This is an incredible story about love, life, passion and loss. It's about watching two people fall madly in love (in spite of their age differences) and sadly watching them fall out of love as their inner demons and insecurities fester and tear them apart. It's about life's journey, the lessons we learn, and how faith can restore us when all else fails.

    12. I am rather ashamed to admit that I never had much regard for Dyan Cannon. She always seemed rather spaced-out, so I approached this book with a bit of trepidation. Having recently finished a book about Alfred Hitchcock and wanting to learn more about one of his most famous stars, Cary Grant, I decided to try this one. It is definitely worth the read.As a memoir written by his former wife, I have to give the writer a great deal of credit. It is not only engaging and easy to read, but she seems q [...]

    13. Actress Dyan Cannon shared the journey of her love affair with film legend, Cary Grant in this well written book. I don't think I've ever seen Dyan in any movies, however like most people about 40 years older than me, I've seen just about Cary Grant flick. I wanted to learn more about the boyfriend and husband side of Grant; albeit out of pure envy and dire curiosity of a man I've always had a crush on (yes I know, he died when I was about 7). I was happy to read this book about their relationsh [...]

    14. This is how you write a celebrity memoir - don't start with where you were born, raised, etc start with the most important moment - for Dyan Cannon that was when her agent phoned her in Rome and said get back to Los Angeles, Cary Grant wants to meet you. Fans of Cary Grant will want to read this - he was just as charming, polite, cultured in real life as he was on screen. At least he was as a boyfriend. As a husband he became a controlling, overwhelming figure who insisted that Cannon take LSD r [...]

    15. I've recently become an ardent fan of Cary Grant. Of course, it began with his beautiful face but my appreciation for his skill has gone beyond the screen and to the difficulties he overcame throughout his life as well. Perhaps it is all too common to romanticize celebrities, particularly someone as charming and debonair as Cary Grant. Yet, there is no refuting the fact that biographies often paint a deeply tortured image of the man. While his leading actresses will admit that his charisma and g [...]

    16. Dear Cary by Dyan CannonCary Grant saw Dyan Cannon on TV, liked what he saw and arranged to meet her. She thought the meeting was about a possible role in one of his projects but it was purely personal for Cary. Thus, the beginning of a romance and marriage destined to be anything but a fairytale.Dyan and Cary had a whirlwind and world-wide romance. He did not want to get married and cautioned her about her desire to be married to him. He was older than her father and had been married and divorc [...]

    17. I decided to read this book because I am a fan of Cary Grant and I was curious to find out what it is about Dyan Cannon that Mr. Grant fell in love with a woman 33 years younger than he was. I read some reviews where the readers are criticizing Dyan Cannon and I really don't see why. As I read the book I could see that Miss Cannon really loved Cary Grant and wanted their marriage to work. Dyan Cannon was an old fashioned girl and Cary Grant fell in love with her. Dyan was not easy to pin down an [...]

    18. I fell in love with Cary Grant as a young child and I still remain in love with him these many years later. The beginning of the book almost seems to be written by Dyan as she would have as a very young women, and as the story goes along, the writing appears to mature as Dyan matured.Dyan Cannon did a wonderful job in telling their story without blaming Cary Grant for the failure of their marriage. It was doomed from the start. Cary made it perfectly clear he did not want a fourth marriage and " [...]

    19. 3.5I always find reviewing memoirs tough -- how can you criticize the way people wish to remember their lives, especially those lived under the scrutiny of celebrity? That said, this was a fairly insightful, if not clunky, memoir that certainly gave readers a peak into the good and bad of living with Cary Grant. To be honest, I think a May-December relationship is fairly doomed from the start. And this is no different Except this is Cary Grant-- a larger than life man to begin with. And with his [...]

    20. Added 7/7/15.July 2015 - My Life with Cary Grant by Dyan Cannon. A very touching and readable memoir. It reads like a novel and is very compelling.(view spoiler)[Evidently, Cary Grant wasn't easy to live with. He was fine before they married but he changed afterward. When Diane came home from the hospital with their new baby, she found that Grant had given away her beloved dog without consulting her. She never saw the dog again. He said he was worried about the baby being harmed by the dog who m [...]

    21. I grew up watching Cary Grant movies and have always been fascinated by him. I've read a few things here and there about him over the years, so I knew he wasn't perfect and had his problems. Although the beginning of the book was a bit slow, I enjoyed Cannon's account of her years with Grant. Yes, it does paint a not so nice picture of Grant (and herself) at times, but they are both real people and had real problems. Cannon doesn't put all the blame on Grant for their disastrous relationship. An [...]

    22. When you're reading and it is going along and you realize that the author is not being truthful the book becomes quite tedious. This is what happened to me while reading this book. I didn't believe her recall of events of almost 50 years and also it bothers me that Grant isn't here to challenge her and that may have been the point when she wrote this. All of the people involved besides herself are gone. I like her as an actress maybe she should switch to fiction.

    23. Could not put this down. This story hit every emotion. I'm curious to read their daughters view of Cary grant to get a different perspective.

    24. F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote: “Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me." After reading Dyan Cannon's moving and beautifully written memoir, I'm thinking, "Not so much."First, the writing. It's wonderful. I zipped through this book, having borrowed it from the library more because of Cary Grant than Ms. Cannon. I knew a lot about him, less about her. It reads like the very best of fiction: a great cast of characters, gripping "plot," touches of humor, a sense of hon [...]

    25. "Dear Cary: My Life with Cary Grant" (2011) Dyan Cannon reveals the stunning life altering details of her relationship/marriage and subsequent divorce; to Cary Grant (1904-1986) known as an incredibly handsome "debonair screen icon".Although Grant was 33 years older then Cannon, her youth, beauty, personality, and worldly inexperience likely appealed to him. They were an absolutely stunning couple. They married (at Grants insistence) in a quickie Las Vegas wedding ceremony in 1965. The birth of [...]

    26. Well written in-depth loves and how to surviveLet me say, I adored Cary Grant, the actor. I will watch a movie simply because he is in it. Cary Grant was a remarkable actor in all the various genres he chose. Like many, I was interested in getting Dyan Cannons' viewpoint of her romance, love, marriage, and life with the movie star, Cary Grant. She gave us so much more. Most ppl are complex individuals and evolve based on all their experiences, gene pools, education, and opportunities. Cary Grant [...]

    27. I have to say that I would not have chosen this book on the fact that Dyan Cannon wrote it, but I was definitely intrigued by how her life in her 20s fit into the life of Cary Grant in his 50s. While reading, I attempted to put myself in her shoes to toy with how I would have handled the same situations at those same ages. My conclusion was that I would have ended up in a similar vegetative state (mainly due to lack of maturity) as Dyan had in her life with Cary. In her book acknowledgments, she [...]

    28. Lately I've been on a Cary Grant binge: watching the films, reading commentaries about the films, and biographies. It's a shame he didn't write an autobiography, but no one was ever to cajole him into it. Initially I was skeptical about reading a book written by one of his ex-wives (Cary Grant was quoted in another book as saying, "I've been married five times and all of my wives left me.") However, Dyan Cannon did an excellent job of painting not only a portrait of her love affair and marriage [...]

    29. This is another book that is a good read at the airport or plane when you have no where to go and nothing to do. Interesting story of a younger woman and older man. The couple was very much in love, but Grant had an obsessive desire to control and Cannon had an inability to set limits. He introduces her to the world of drugs. She had no ability to handle them and she did not want to. When Cannon has her daughter, Grant quits his job to raise his child. But the marriage is over and the couple com [...]

    30. I did not intend to read this book as i figured it would be from the bitter point of view of an ex wife. After watching an interview with Dyan Cannon I changed my mind as she praised Cary Grant and explained the book has the exact same intent. I was very disappointed to read all of the negative claims she says regarding Cary Grant, especially given the unfair advantage that he is not present to counter them. Dyan herself skips past any wrong doing she may have done and refused to cast any real b [...]

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