Cary Grant was born Archibald Alec Leach in Bristol, England, on January 18, 1904.
Cary had a tough childhood as his mother suffered mental illness while his father had drinking issues.
At the age of 11, he was told that his mother has disappeared.
Cary Grant said, “I came home from school one day and she was gone. My cousin told me she had gone to a seaside resort. I thought that odd. It seemed rather unusual, but I accepted it was one of those things that adults do.”
His father remarried and he started a new family.
Grant only got to know of his mother’s whereabouts twenty years later as his father left her in the Bristol Lunatic Asylum.
Grant said, “It gradually dawned on me that she was not coming back. She left a void in my life, a sadness of spirit that affected everything I did. I always felt my mother rejected me.”
Cary became attracted to acting and he soon found himself in Hollywood his female colleagues loved working with him.
His co-star in Charade, Audrey Hepburn, “I had this great affection for him because I knew he understood me. It was an unspoken friendship, which was wonderful. He would open up his arms wide when he saw you, and hug you, and smile, and let you know how he felt about you.”
While talking about his love life, it seemed his childhood affected him so much as it was hard for him to keep a spouse. He got married five times and divorced four times.
In 1934, he got married for the first time to actress Virginia Cherrilland their marriage ended a year later.
His second marriage was to Barbara Hutton in 1942 and the marriage ended 2 years after.
In 1949, he got married for the third time to actress Betsy Drake and that was his longest marriage as they were together for 12 years. He went on to get married to Dyan Cannon, a woman 33 years younger than him in 1965. They were married for two years.
He got married to Barbara Harris, an actress 47 younger than him, and was with him until his death at the age of 82.
They were also rumors that he had a relationship with actor Randolph Scott as they were roommates for 12 years. The actor before his death never talked about it.