Inside Cary Grant’s Heartbreaking Childhood

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Cary Grant was born Archibald Alec Leach in Bristol, England, on January 18, 1904, to working-class parents Elias and Elsie. His dad de él was a tailor’s presser at a clothing factory and his mom de él was a seamstress, but Grant’s upbringing de él was far from happy. Here’s a look inside the Hollywood icon’s heartbreaking childhood of him.

Hollywood icon Cary Grant in 1955 | Archive Photos/Getty Images

Cary Grant’s mother left him when he was just 11 years old

Grant’s father was an alcoholic and his mother suffered from clinical depression, which made his childhood a difficult one. Before Grant was born, his older brother from him John William Elias Leach died of tuberculous meningitis one day before his first birthday from him — leaving a dark cloud over the family home.

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