Scotty Bowers in Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood is the human embodiment of that giggling, pleasure-seeking ready-for-anything sybarite. At age 94, he has the curly blond hair of a Hollywood-style Roman emperor, with startling blue eyes and an R-rated vocabulary. The idea came to Bowers when the strapping, all-American hunk—in vintage photographs, Bowers looks like a cross between Richard Widmark and Tab Hunter—was himself picked up by Walter Pidgeon while working at a gas station. Ushered into a world of swimming pools, mansions, fame and celebrities looking for a discreet hook-up, Bowers discovered an underground industry of wealthy men and sometimes women willing to pay for sex and a bevy of beautiful young things apparently happy to accommodate them.
Tab Hunter, Hollywood heartthrob who hid sexuality, dead at 86
Tab Hunter: how Hollywood's boy next door became a gay icon | Tab Hunter | The Guardian
A blonde, square-jawed and wholesome symbol of mid-century American masculinity, Hunter, born in as Arthur Gelien, was gay but kept his sexuality a secret for the bulk of his career, until coming out in his autobiography Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star. He would have liked that. Ultimately, Hunter would end up with producer Allan Glaser, his partner of 36 years. In , he starred opposite Wood in The Burning Hills, a Western revenge tale about a pair of young lovers.
He would have liked that. Born Arthur Andrew Kelm, Hunter was given his on-screen moniker by talent agent Henry Willson, who discovered Hunter and was also responsible for naming Rock Hudson, another successful actor and closeted gay man back then. In the press, Hunter was linked to famous stars like Natalie Wood and Debbie Reynolds during his heyday. Sad to report that Tab Hunter, the gawjuss gay icon, and true gentleman, has left the building.
Tab Hunter was born on July 11, He is an American actor and singer, who has starred in over forty major motion pictures. Overwhelmed by the Hollywood publicity machine, he struggled to keep secret the fact that he was gay.