Perhaps the most dashing of all Hollywood film stars, Cary Grant stole the hearts of
millions of audience members during his 40 years of acting.
Born Archibald Alexander Leach on January 18,1904 in Bristol England, he was the only
child of impoverished parents Elsie and Elias. At the age of nine he lost his mother when
she was institutionalized at Fishpond’s Country Home for the Mental Defectives. Around
that time, he developed a love
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Pauline Kael has written: "He embodies what seems a
happier time—a time when we had a simpler relationship to a performer. We could admire
him for his timing and nonchalance; we didn't expect emotional revelations from Cary
Grant... He appeared before us in his radiantly shallow perfection and that is all we wanted
of him.... We didn't want depth from him; we asked only that he be handsome and silky
and make us laugh."