Tab Hunter Confidential

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    Jul 09, 2016 12:34 PM GMT
    I recently watched (on Netflix) this documentary/biography about the titular 1950s (gay) matinee idol . It's a great story and a very engaging film, which I highly recommend. Mr Hunter is still looking damn good for 84.

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    Jul 09, 2016 1:06 PM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 saidI recently watched (on Netflix) this documentary/biography about the titular 1950s (gay) matinee idol . It's a great story and a very engaging film, which I highly recommend. Mr Hunter is still looking damn good for 84.

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    I tried watching it. It seemed like an interesting story ruined by poor storytelling. I gave up before the halfway point.
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    Jul 09, 2016 1:51 PM GMT
    Tab Hunter was part of the clandestine gay Hollywood scene in the 1950s. His BF for a time apparently being Anthony Perkins ("Psycho").
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    Jul 09, 2016 7:11 PM GMT


    Not mentioned in the doc but obviously a pretty big admirer of Rudolf Nureyev...
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    Jul 09, 2016 9:30 PM GMT
    ^
    Which reminds me, Hunter was a competitive figure skater in his younger days, as well as later being a talented horseman and show jumper, a passable singer and a successful actor. No one should be allowed to have those looks and that much talent.
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    Jul 10, 2016 12:32 AM GMT
    I just saw this on Netflix too. Excellent film. He comes across as a very nice guy, then and now. Although I was aware of his status as a matinee idol, I didn't realize he was also such a good actor. A very talented man. (And exceptionally good looking!)



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    Jul 10, 2016 3:19 PM GMT
    It was a great auto-documentary (is that a word?).

    Like Vivien Leigh in "Gone With The Wind," Tab was in nearly every frame, and just as easy, if not even easier, on the eye. Couldn't take my eyes off him.

    Lots of revelations in this film - like Warner Bros. creating its record label for him after he put out his own albums and scored several hits - but this biggest is this: tall, hunky blonde Tab Hunter went for hairless otters. Short, slight, weasly brunette twinks. Every one of his boyfriends, from his first boyfriend, a champion figure skater denied the Olympics because of his sexuality, through Hollywood celebrities Anthony Perkins and Roddy McDowell, to his 30 years younger partner of 30 years, a film executive.
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    Jul 10, 2016 3:47 PM GMT
    UMayNeverKnow said
    Wow! How men's bodies have changed and what we consider attractive. While Tab was very pretty he's body was meh.

    Body values change with each generation. For Hollywood and TV the big male assets were a good face & voice. Hunter had both, and his body wasn't exactly a trash heap, either, I believe pictured here a little later in his career. And of course Nureyev had a dancer's build - muscular, defined & firm but lean, not bulging, which wouldn't work in ballet.

    And BTW, apparently they're both nicely equipped in other ways.

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    Jul 10, 2016 4:08 PM GMT
    eagermuscle said
    ...from his first boyfriend, a champion figure skater denied the Olympics because of his sexuality, through Hollywood celebrities Anthony Perkins and Roddy McDowel...

    McDowall was the Queen of Hollywood, after aging gay director George Cukor began to retire from the scene. It doesn't surprise me that he would have been in bed with Tab Hunter, along with many others.

    But not a criticism, just an observation. Perhaps tinged with a bit of jealousy. Plus McDowall was one of Hollywood's premier insider gossips. Along with his straight Hollywood counterpart, the late actor Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
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    Jul 10, 2016 4:57 PM GMT
    They certainly made a cute couple.

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    Imagine an alternative universe in which being gay in nineteen-fifties America was not just tolerated but celebrated. The hottest couple in Hollywood would undoubtedly be Tab Hunter and Anthony Perkins.

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    Jul 10, 2016 6:42 PM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 saidThey certainly made a cute couple.

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    Imagine an alternative universe in which being gay in nineteen-fifties America was not just tolerated but celebrated. The hottest couple in Hollywood would undoubtedly be Tab Hunter and Anthony Perkins.

    http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/tab-hunters-secrets

    Agree. Except that pic is with Roddy McDowall.
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    Jul 10, 2016 6:54 PM GMT
    I haven't yet seen the movie, but I'll watch for it as soon as it makes it to television. I did read Tab's 2005 autobiography Tab Hunter Confidential, and it's an interesting tale of what gay life in Hollywood was like in the fifties and sixties, as well as what it was like to grow up gay in those days. Another good book on gay Hollywood at this time is Robert Hofler's 2014 biography of Henry Willson, The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson.

    Tab was maybe a bit past his prime in the photo above with Rudolf Nureyev, but he looks great in the photo with Roddy McDowell. The photo with Roddy was part of a photoshoot called Calling All Girls, published by Movies Magazine in June 1953. The photo with Nureyev is likely from 1968 when they were both vacationing on the Riviera.
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    Jul 10, 2016 7:17 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    Agree. Except that pic is with Roddy McDowall.

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    So it is. I always get them mixed up. I wonder if he had some Roddy action going on too.
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    Jul 10, 2016 7:25 PM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 said
    Art_Deco said
    Agree. Except that pic is with Roddy McDowall.

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    So it is. I always get them mixed up. I wonder if he had some Roddy action going on too.

    Stories are that everyone else did. But stories are stories...

    In the meantime, aren't they both lovely? I'm obviously displaying my age, that this is my generational reference point. Not all beefed up with muscles, just kinda guys for the era. Like I saw all around me in HS, the Army, and college. I dunno, should I call it my comfort food? LOL!
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    Jul 11, 2016 7:53 PM GMT
    I got his book and read it when he released it. A good read - I especially liked his description of Tony Perkins coming & going from his apartment a block up from Sunset Blvd. He wrote about Tony checking out the windows to see if the apartment manager was lurking nearby, before heading out - after he & Tab had been having some good times together.

    Each of them drove the hot car of the time: a two seater T-Bird. Tab wrote of having double dates with girls so he & Tony could be together. There's a photo of the four of them sitting together at some movie or event. I noticed the girls didn't look too happy...........maybe because they knew they weren't getting laid by Tony & Tab at the end of the date???
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    Jul 12, 2016 3:27 PM GMT
    UMayNeverKnow said
    bon_pan said

    Not mentioned in the doc but obviously a pretty big admirer of Rudolf Nureyev...


    Wow! How men's bodies have changed and what we consider attractive. While Tab was very pretty he's body was meh.


    That's Tab with Anthony Perkins, almost unrecognizable in his '70s shag, NOT Rudolf Nureyev.

    As for Tab's body being meh, here's Tab in his first film role, technicolor with (and even prettier than, if that's even possible) Linda Darnell - shirtless in every frame. You'd really kick that out of bed?

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    Jul 15, 2016 12:43 PM GMT
    eagermuscle said

    Not mentioned in the doc but obviously a pretty big admirer of Rudolf Nureyev...





    That's Tab with Anthony Perkins, almost unrecognizable in his '70s shag, NOT Rudolf Nureyev.

    Well, maybe if 6'2" Anthony was on his knees or on a staircase on the side of the boat...


    Besides, look at those tree-trunk thighs.
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    Jul 15, 2016 2:10 PM GMT
    bon_pan said
    eagermuscle said

    Not mentioned in the doc but obviously a pretty big admirer of Rudolf Nureyev...



    That's Tab with Anthony Perkins, almost unrecognizable in his '70s shag, NOT Rudolf Nureyev.

    Well, maybe if 6'2" Anthony was on his knees or on a staircase on the side of the boat...

    Besides, look at those tree-trunk thighs.

    In Photobucket that pic is labeled as Tab & Rudy. But then I'm not familiar with Nureyev's appearance when being this casual over the years, and the still camera can freeze people in uncharacteristic ways. I also suppose the pic could be mislabeled, and this guy's actually some unknown 3rd party (or in Tab's case maybe his 4th or 5th party).

    Incidentally, I think this thread lost the name of one of its contributors, but I didn't want to attempt to repair it.
  • ChicagoSteve

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    Jul 15, 2016 4:07 PM GMT
    I put this on my Netflix list. Looking forward to watching it. Tab Hunter kind of reminds me of one of my long time actor obsessions, Ryan Phillippe. Except Ryan is straight.
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    Jul 18, 2016 3:48 AM GMT
    When I was working in upstate New York, I saw an ad for a book-signing by Hunter in NYC. His autobiography had just come out and he would meet and greet fans. He was true to his word. It was worth the long drive to hear him talk and meet him afterward. This was just a few years ago and he looked damn good. And he was gracious toward everyone who showed up.