In Book, Dyan Cannon Opens Up About Cary Grant

PHOTO: Cary Grant and Dyan Cannon are seen together in this file photo, 1965.
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In 1961 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.

In remembering the intimate details of their relationship, Cannon, 74, says she took her clothes off and was presented with a challenge. She wanted to write the truth, but she also wanted people to keep the stars in their eyes about the legendary actor.

"I've been through the fire and back," Cannon told ABCNews.com. "I believe in writing the book I'm celebrating my victory. I really believe this book will touch lives."

This isn't the first time Cannon has attempted to write a book. Over a decade ago she had a deal to write her autobiography. She worked on it for a year and then flew to New York to talk with her publisher. She explained that in writing about her life, she didn't realize she'd also have to be honest about others too.

Prior to that experience, both Swifty Lazar and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis asked her to tell her story, but she declined their offers because she couldn't think of writing a book until it could be helpful and hopeful to others.

"So many people are walking around with broken hearts, unable to trust. I hope this book will help people with that," Cannon said.

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