R.I.P. Tab Hunter

Screen idol Tab Hunter, who went on to spill the tea in a biography and a documentary film about his life as a gay movie star in Hollywood in the 1950s, has died just a few days short of his 87th birthday.  It would be a stretch to say that he was a great actor, although he managed to star in a few good films, or a good singer, although he had huge #1 hit record, but his mixture of stunning "all-American Boy" good looks, and unassuming nature must have struck a chord, because he was a huge star for a while. And by most accounts he was a pretty decent guy.  

Here's a (probably apocryphal) story involving Mr. Hunter:  In 1964, he starred with the legendary actress Tallulah Bankhead in a doomed Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' play The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore. The story has it that Tallulah was giving a press conference and one of the reporters piped up with the question, " Miss Bankhead, is it true that Tab Hunter is a homosexual?" Miss Bankhead, not skipping a beat, answered, "I don't know, darling.  He never sucked my cock." 

There is an excellent obituary of Mr. Hunter, written by Matthew Rettenmund, here.











Comments

Pitbullshark said…
My best friend in college (this would have been in the late 1960s) lusted after Tab Hunter. My friend was three years older than I was, so I think he had a foot in a bit earlier era than I did. I, myself, hardly even knew who Tab Hunter was. My crush at the time was Luke Halpin of "Flipper" fame....
cka2nd said…
Tab Hunter and Luke Halpin were both excellent choices to lust after. For me, it was Leif Garrett and Shaun Cassidy.
Pitbullshark said…
cka2nd, Leif Garrett and Shaun Cassidy, definitely two cuties!

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