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Debbie Reynolds remembers when the gay but closeted Tab Hunter tried to put the moves on her

Had to put Meredith Baxter’s book aside for a bit because Debbie Reynolds new memoir, Unsinkable, arrived in the mail yesterday and I’ve been lapping it up.

She’s got a kinds of juicy tidbits and today I share with you one about Tab Hunter, her co-star in the 1961 film The Pleasure of His Company:

Here’s an excerpt:

Tab and I have been friends since we were teenagers. The studios used to put us together for premieres and publicity occasions. One night in my parents’ kitchen in Burbank, Tab tried to kiss me goodbye.

I told him not to.

I thought it would be like kissing my brother. And I was right. Tab is like my brother. It was the early 1950s; there was no discussion about being gay back then. But I knew that Tab was, and that I felt friendship for him, not romance.

I got the sense that he felt the same about me.

We always laughed and had fun when we were together.

Tab’s a wonderful man who is married to another man now. I’m gad we’ve been friends for so long.

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3 Remarks

  1. Tab was so gorgeous. I’m glad that he can be freely out of the closet now, unlike Rock Hudson. Who never seemed to get to the point where he was able to completely come out.

  2. I’m Gay 56 year old man. I love that Tab Hunter was too.

  3. If you see him a the Perry Como show, singing live “Young at love” in 1961 and 23 years later in 1984 in an interview you see this heartmelting smile, that comes out of him… the same in an interview on Santa Barbara Artists with nearly 80 years…he has is and he kept it.
    Thanks Tab.

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