Dear Cary: My Life with Cary Grant by Dyan CannonActress Dyan Cannons 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.
In Book, Dyan Cannon Opens Up About Cary Grant
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Now, as the two women release their memoirs, they give very different accounts of life with the Hollywood enigma. I wanted to hug them close to me. You must do it. There was only one Cary Grant. But a week before he was due, I started thinking it would be wonderful to pass the name on to him. He was Dad. Like his grandfather, he has funny bones.
But when she brought the baby home, Cannon realized that her beloved Yorkie, Bangs, was nowhere to be found. Grant matter-of-factly told her that he had given Bangs away. Adding salt to the wound, she learned that Bangs died soon thereafter.
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The doomed marriage between the screen idol and the ingenue began 36 years ago. Their engagement began much like a screwball comedy: The dashing leading man was so nervous about popping the question to the stunning ingenue that he crashed his car while parking in her garage.
She is best known for roles in the television series Beverly Hills, and Movie Stars. Jennifer Grant was born on February 26, , in Burbank, California. Her parents divorced when she was only two years old. The reasons given for their divorce were that her father was unable to find his "perfect wife"; in addition, there was a year age difference. Jennifer had a close relationship with her father for the rest of his life. Partly because her father did not want her to become an actress, she tried other things for several years. As a teenager during high school at Brentwood School in Los Angeles and on break from college, she worked as a babysitter, stock clerk at the Village store in Pacific Palisades , grocery store checkout cashier at the Rainbow Grocery in Malibu, and waitress at the Pioneer Boulangerie restaurant in Santa Monica.
In Cary Grant reached out to Dyan Cannon's agent to request a meeting with the budding actress. She was taken back. Why would this leading man who was 33 years older -- not to mention three years older than her father -- be interested in her? Initially she did what many would consider unthinkable and turned him down on several occasions. Finally, without her knowing, a meeting was arranged, and she came face to face with what she describes as "the most arrestingly handsome man" she had ever laid eyes on. Cannon writes about her first encounter with Grant and much more in "Dear Cary: My Life with Cary Grant," a book she calls a journey of a heart.