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Tab Hunter, a star of screen, stage, and television, has appeared in more than fifty films, including Damn Yankees, Battle Cry, That Kind of Woman, Ride the Wild Surf, The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, Polyester, and Lust in the Dust. He continues to work as a film producer.


Celebrity biography mavens of the baby-boomer generation will especially welcome this memoir. They know Hunter as one of several glamour boys of the 1950s who were "manufactured" by Hollywood to appeal to teenage girls. Blond and tan, he couldn't act, but who cared? With film noir specialist Muller, Hunter tells his complicated life story. In reality, he was extremely introverted; his private life was so well concealed that much of the information related in this heartfelt and candid autobiography will come as a surprise to his fans: his affair with Tony Perkins, his figure-skating accomplishments, and the agony of being a big star at 20 and a fading commodity at 30. He also shares the confusion he suffered over his sexuality at a time when the subject of homosexuality was taboo and gay actors were heavily closeted and in constant fear of being "outed" by the likes of Confidential magazine. An engrossing tale of too much too soon, but with a surprisingly happy ending, this book is recommended for all public libraries.-Rosellen Brewer, Sno-Isle Libs., Marysville, WA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

"This bio might be the best work of [Tab Hunter's] career. He takes readers on a gleeful romp." --Entertainment Weekly

The 1950s heartthrob has penned a brave, surprising and sad memoir about depression (his mother's), repression (his homosexuality) and redemption (a career revival and meeting his partner of 20-plus years). Hunter (b. 1931) was a good-looking 19-year-old with no acting experience when he was molded into a movie star, later stumbling into a hit record (1957's Young Love) and a two-year affair with Anthony Perkins. Although his acting improved over a decade of mediocre films, by the early 1960s he was scrambling for parts in movies starring Soupy Sales and going overseas to film spaghetti westerns. His career was reborn when he co-starred with Divine in John Water's Polyester (1981) and again in Lust in the Dust (1985), which introduced Hunter to a new generation and turned him into a gay icon. Hunter, who is virtually alone among actors of his era and stature to write about living a closeted gay life in Hollywood's spotlight, is honest about his shortcomings and missteps. He's made an admirable choice to chart his life through friendships and hardships (emotional and financial), rather than just his career trajectory. This is an illuminating, emotionally charged and important piece of Hollywood's hidden history. Photos. Agent, Fred Morris. (Oct. 14) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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