Dear Cary : A Memoir
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.
- Hardback | 224 pages
- 152.4 x 231.14 x 33.02mm | 589.67g
- 20 Oct 2011
- HarperCollins Publishers Inc
- New York, NY, United States
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"[Cannon's] candid memoir chronicles the near fairy tale May-December romance between the ing?nue and the legendary star."--Los Angeles Times
About Dyan Cannon
Dyan Cannon is an award-winning film and television actress, director, screenwriter, editor, and producer. Cannon made her screen debut in 1960 in The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond; however, her small screen debut was in a late 1950s role as Mona Elliott in the CBS drama, The Reporter. She also made appearances on 77 Sunset Strip, the perennial western series Gunsmoke, The Untouchables, and the syndicated Two Faces West. In 1969, Cannon starred with an ensemble cast led by Natalie Wood in Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice, a film about sexual revolution in which she played Alice. She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the film, as well as two Golden Globe nominations. She also received a Best Actress Golden Globe nomination for Such Good Friends (1971). In addition, she became the first Oscar-nominated actress to be nominated in the Best Short Film, Live Action Category for Number One (1976), a project which Cannon produced, directed, wrote, and edited. In 1978, Cannon starred in Revenge of the Pink Panther. That same year, she appeared opposite Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, and James Mason in Heaven Can Wait. This performance earned her a second Oscar nomination and also won her a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. In the 1980s, Cannon, who is also a singer/songwriter, appeared in Honeysuckle Rose (1980) with Willie Nelson, Deathtrap (1982) with Christopher Reeve and Michael Caine, andCaddyshack II (1988), and starred in several TV movies. In the 1990s, she appeared on the popular television shows Diagnosis Murder and The Practice, as well Ally McBeal as a semi-regular. She made appearances in films such as That Darn Cat (1997), 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (1997), Out to Sea (1997) with the duo Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon, and Kangaroo Jack (2003). She also starred on the short-lived sitcom Three Sisters (2001-2002). In 2005 she appeared in Boynton Beach Club, a movie about aging Floridians who have just lost their spouses.
"Dyan Cannon has written a complex and captivating memoir...an unqualified success." New York Journal of Books