Clift was bi, or maybe gay—a fact that should be tangential when considering his work, but in Clift's case, it's at the heart of it. Unlike Dean, who died a tragic death in the traditional sense a car crashClift died a tragic death in the homophobic sense, in that he passed in the '60s while being unashamed of his same-sex attractions. This lack of shame has haunted his biography ever since.
This film gave me an opportunity to explore that. He was also bisexual. Plagued by drug and alcohol addiction for much of his life, he suffered poor health and died of a heart attack at age
A mysterious, sensitive antidote to the blandly handsome bobby-soxer idols of the day, Clift ushered in a new, naturalistic style of acting, years before Marlon Brando and James Dean, who both worshipped him. The camera adored him as well. After a near-fatal auto accident in ravaged his perfect face, Clift, now addicted to alcohol, painkillers, and, by some accounts, tormented by his closeted homosexuality, began a downward spiral that would last until his death at 45 in
His exceptional good looks captured the hearts of millions of women. Even Elizabeth Taylor wanted him. The guy had everything to live for.
He played the desperate, the drunken, and the deceived, and the trajectory of his life was as tragic as that in any of his films. A car crash in the prime of his career left him in constant pain, and he drank himself to an early death, creating an aesthetic of suffering that has guided the way we think about him today. But for 12 years, he set Hollywood aflame.
He lost to Pat Boone in Mardi Gras. Hunter has 75 credits as an actor, his last one being 's Dark Horsehad his own TV series in the early '60s, and sang a number one hit song in "Young Love"but suddenly, he finds himself a hot commodity again, thanks to last year's documentary Tab Hunter Confidential. The film about Hunter has already garnered more awards than Hunter himself, winning feature awards at film festivals in California, Louisville, San Diego, and Miami.
F or over 30 years, scripts have floated around Hollywood promising to tell the story of Montgomery Clift, one of the most innovative and handsome actors in history. It hardly helped lend nuance to that reading that Clift was a well-known and long-time abuser of pain killers and alcohol, actions which likely sped his death from a heart attack at 45 in In fact, the attitudes he and his family held towards his relationships with men were strikingly modern.
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Thank you for this. Not sure it's quite accurate, though, to say, "Soon enough she Elizabeth Taylor fell in love with him, but her feelings were not reciprocated. He certainly loved her and trusted her unlike any other woman in his life.