Cary Grant's Mom Vanished When He Was 11, His Dad's Lie about the Traumatic Event Came out Years Later
Cary Grant was one of Hollywood’s leading men in the 40s and 50s, clinching roles that defined a classical period in the movie industry, but his upbringing, unfortunately, had some sadness to it.
Cary Grant rose to become one of Hollywood’s iconic stars, having featured in a series of high-ranking movies, but all through his growing days, he lived with the pain of losing his mother when he was 11. It took almost two decades to get the truth from his remarried father.
The English-American actor grew with a void in his heart after his mother Elsie disappeared when he was still a little boy. The then-11year-old was only told his mom had gone to a seaside resort with no further details given about her return.
Not knowing the whereabouts of his mother or having her by his side as he grew affected the Hollywood great. He would go on to recall how the feeling of his mother’s rejection dominated everything he did.
Later on, Grant, who was born Archibald Leach, realized his mother was not returning. Instead, he saw his father remarry and start a new family, and at a point, he was told his mom was dead.
Grant was shocked to find out that his mom was still alive after almost two decades of her absence. At the time, the late actor was 30 and realized his mom had been kept at the Bristol Lunatic Asylum.
A conversation with his father reportedly led to the actor realizing his mother’s mental state. His father claimed that her disappearance was kept from Grant to protect him, but the young actor was heartbroken.
All through the years, he looked for his mom, she was in the mental facility. After learning of her state, Grant made moves for her to be discharged and afterward assumed responsibility to care for her.
By the time of his death at age 82 in 1986, Grant left $10,000 to doctor Hartman.
Despite bringing his mom closer to him, the duo never forged the mother-child bond he would have hoped for, and as his fame spread in the 1950s, he realized how much impact his traumatic childhood had on him.
While his career was an incredible success, his personal life was a total failure. In total, Grant had a total of five failed marriages and tried Yoga and hypnosis to cope with his failure.
To deal with his painful memories, Grant’s third wife, actress Betsy Drake, encouraged the actor to get further help. As a result, he began experimenting with LSD under the supervision of his physician, Dr. Mortimer Hartman.
LSD reportedly helped the actor confront and overcome the hidden fears that had cost him his marriages and the pain and sorrow he felt over his mom’s disappearance as a child.
By the time of his death at age 82 in 1986, Grant left $10,000 to doctor Hartman, who he credited with helping him understand how his childhood sabotaged his relationships as an adult.
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