• Dear Cary

  • My Life with Cary Grant
  • By: Dyan Cannon
  • Narrated by: Dyan Cannon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (183 ratings)

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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.

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

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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.

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A Wasted 10 Hours

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.

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Awesome

Thank you for sharing 🥰 It was awesome hearing your story and I love your since of humor. My mom would watch u on TBN when I was younger and my first sight of Cary was Father Goose it was something about it I loved as a child. Then I grew up and fell in love with him all over again, ur daughter is beautiful may God continue to bless you. R.I.P Cary u would definitely like the book.

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Couldn't stop listening !!

Despite all the emotional and psychological upheavals of a short-lived marriage, the author/narrator, Dyan Cannon, tells her story of love found, love lost, and love (of self) recovered in her marriage and ultimate divorce from the actor Cary Grant. Great narration from the author, and told in such a way to neither deify nor vilify the man that was adored by so many around the world for his acting abilities and debonair good looks. Dyan Cannon goes full-circle through all of loves' triumphs and tragedies, and ultimately comes out a wiser woman, despite having had periods of great loss. I loved the part of her home life with baby Jennifer and Cary Grant. Dyan Cannon manages to de-mystify the man behind the famous name, and presents what appears to be a balanced, honest, and sincere narration of the man who was her husband and the foibles and strengths that both uplifted their relationship and ultimately destroyed it. A renaissance for Cannon. Kudos to her for waiting to tell her story years after the passing of Cary Grant, in a dignified and seemingly well-balanced manner.

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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?

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Content Lacking

I guess I was hoping for more than conversations (which no one would ever remember word-for-word 30+ years later). Those which were semi-interesting, stopped without closure.

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Thinking life is so grand, truth comes out

I thought they were a golden couple but truth turns out to be quite different... I see their life differently now and pride in dyan's decisions in her life... great book

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Strange Coupling

Not sure what these two actually had in common but their relationship worked for a while. It was an interesting book, I learned a lot about Ms. Cannon beyond her screen career> Mr. Grant was wacky, not the well put together actor he presented to the public. Either way their love for their daughter was their common bond. It is worth a listen.

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She is insipid …her voice and narration . Worst book I have ever listened to . Trash

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Very open and honest storytelling

Beautifully written and heartwarming. I didn't know what to expect. I've been fans of theirs for a long time. I knew they were married, but I never knew what happened.

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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!

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