Letter: Young Cary

Sir: I am surprised to see your reviewer Christopher Bray ("Educating Archie", 21 September) still accepting that nonsense about Cary Grant being born "to a poor working-class household".

The area of Bristol in which he was born in 1904 was at that time a respectable middle-class area. Biographers publish photos of him as a child which certainly do not reveal poverty - eg, in fancy dress, which is not a sign of poverty in pre-1914 England. The school from which he was expelled was a fee-paying one. Once again Hollywood hype proves more interesting than the truth.


Patchway, Avon