Cary Grant Dropped Acid, In Controversial Therapy, To Deal With Personal Struggles

Actor dropped LSD 100 times because he struggled to ‘connect’ with females and had a fraught relationship with his mother

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Cary Grant was coerced into dropping acid as part of a controversial therapy, to get over his issues with women: Actor dropped LSD 100 times because he struggled to ‘connect’ with females and had a fraught relationship with his mother

Actor Cary Grant (pictured in 1933) was coerced into dropping acid more than 100 times as part of a controversial therapy due to his inability to ‘connect’ with women and the fraught relationship he had with his mother, according to new Showtime documentary Becoming Cary Grant (Source: Daily Mail)

According to a new Showtime documentary, the actor was distraught over his inability to form relationships with women as well as the distant relationship he had with his mother.

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When the actor was nine years old, his father told him that his mother, Elsie, had gone ‘to a resort’. At age 30, he learned that she had been committed to Bristol Lunatic Asylum in 1915 by her husband. A year later, in 1935, Grant freed his mother (Elsie pictured with two nurses from Bristol Lunatic Asylum) – (Source: Daily Mail)

In Becoming Cary Grant, filmmakers detail how the Hollywood star, who failed to achieve inner peace with hypnosis and yoga, claimed to find it with LSD.

  • Actor Cary Grant was introduced to Dr. Mortimer Hartman by wife Betsy Drake
  • Hartman was prescribing LSD, which his wife took ‘to cure herself of alcoholism’
  • Grant submitted to 100 LSD therapy sessions over the course of three years
  • He praised the drug in numerous interviews, saying: ‘At last I am close to happiness’
  • The therapy sessions were to treat his ‘lack of connection’ with women and anxious relationship with his mother
  • At age nine, Grant’s mother disappeared; the actor learned 20 years later that his father had committed her to a psychiatric hospital
Grant was introduced to Dr Mortimer Hartman, a physician in Beverly Hills, California, who was prescribing LSD by his third wife, Betsy Drake (left, pictured with Grant in 1952). Drake ‘took LSD to cure herself of alcoholism’  (Source: Daily Mail)

 

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