Monday, July 09, 2018

Remembering Movie Star Tab Hunter by Bobby Rivers

Bobby Rivers TV reports:

A movie star died. 1950's Warner Brothers movie star Tab Hunter died just a few days shy of his 87th birthday. Teen girls would scream at the sight of his big, blond beefcake presence. He was handsome. He became a very good actor. He had to learn how to emotionally and spiritually balance stardom with his off-screen life because he was gay man. Onscreen, he was doing love scenes with luscious beauties such as Sophia Loren, Natalie Wood and Linda Darnell.

One of his boyfriends was actor Anthony Perkins who gained international fame as Norman Bates in the Alfred Hitchcock classic, PSYCHO. A few years ago, a big and brawny straight buddy of mine (a fellow classic film fan) urged me to see the documentary TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL. He said "Dude, if I love him, you will love him even more after seeing that documentary." He was right. Hunter is so warm, so honest and forthcoming in that doc. He talked about his past boyfriends and his current longtime partner. Besides the very interesting look at Hollywood's sexual politics and repression when he was a 1950s movie star, you get the sense that he was a great boyfriend to have. He went for content and character, not just looks. Check out Netflix for TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL.

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Raybeard said...

I remember well his 'Young Love' which topped our record charts here for 7 weeks when I was 10 (6 weeks in U.S.). It was the very first sheet music I ever bought to play on the piano. (In those days sheet music was so popular it had a 'chart' of its own!)

I didn't know about his 'friendship' with Tony Perkins, which can only indicate what a sheltered life I've led!

Sooo-this-is-me said...

I decided to read more about this man because of this post. Mamma mia was he ever a handsome guy in his day! Isn't it ironic that many of America's handsome boy next door types that were held up as examples for straight men, were actually gay or bisexual!