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Graydon Carter : biography

14 July 1949 –

Edward Graydon Carter (born 14 July 1949) is a Canadian-born American journalist and has served as the editor of Vanity Fair since 1992. He also co-founded, with Kurt Andersen and Tom Phillips, the satirical monthly magazine Spy in 1986.

Personal life

Carter was born in Toronto. He has been married three times. His first wife was a Canadian; the marriage was dissolved before Carter moved to the United States at the age of 28. His second marriage, to Cynthia Williamson, lasted 18 years and produced four children. The couple divorced in 2000. Carter married Anna Scott in 2005. They have a daughter.

Carter has identified himself as a libertarian: "I don’t vote. I find both parties to be appalling and OK at the same time. I find it harder for anybody as they get older to feel 100 per cent strongly behind one party. There’s lots more grey than when I was younger. I’m a libertarian."Financial Times ( FT Weekend – The Front Line: Glad to be Gray. By Julia Cuthbertson, Financial Times, Jan 11, 2003.

Carter currently resides in Manhattan, New York and Roxbury, Connecticut. He is co-owner of two popular Manhattan restaurants, the Waverly Inn, a restaurant in New York City’s West Village and the Monkey Bar on East 54th Street.



After high school in Trenton, Ontario, Carter attended the University of Ottawa followed by Carleton University, but never graduated from either school. In 1973, Carter co-founded The Canadian Review, a monthly general interest magazine. By 1977, The Canadian Review had become award-winning and the third-largest circulating magazine in Canada. Despite its success, The Canadian Review was bankrupt by 1978.

In 1983, Carter moved to the United States and began working for Time as a writer-trainee, where he met Andersen. Carter spent five years writing for Time on the topics of business, law, and entertainment before moving to Life in 1983. In 1986, Carter and Andersen founded Spy, which ultimately ceased publication in 1998. Carter was then editor at the New York Observer before being invited to Vanity Fair to take over from Tina Brown, who left for The New Yorker. He has been the editor since July 1992, with successes during his tenure including winning ten National Magazine Awards.

Vanity Fair

.]]Carter’s Vanity Fair has been notable for combining high-profile celebrity cover stories with serious journalism. His often idiosyncratic personal style was depicted in the book How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, a book by former Vanity Fair contributing editor Toby Young. Jeff Bridges played a character based on Carter in the 2008 film adaptation.