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.