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Appreciating the late, great movie icon Montgomery Clift who was born 100 years ago today

So beautiful and so talented.

Movie icon Montgomery Clift, whose movie credits included From Here to Eternity, Judgement at Nuremberg and A Place in the Sun, was born 100 years ago today.

The four-time Academy Award nominee was close friends with Elizabeth Taylor with whom he starred in A Place in the Sun with and also in Raintree County and Suddenly Last Summer.

His beautiful face was badly damaged during the filming of Raintree when he crashed his car on a canyon road in Los Angeles while leaving a dinner party at Taylor’s home.

Clift was a closeted gay man who struggled with his sexuality and what impact it would have on his career as a leading man. His looks deteriorated after years of alcohol and prescription drug abuse to deal with the pain from the accident and his own emotional pain. He died at the age of 45.

We will never forget Montgomery Clift and, thankfully, we have his movies to remember him by.

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  1. Greg, so glad you gave a tribute to the great Montgomery Clift on the 100th anniversary of his birth. I think he was the greatest of the “method actors,” IMO. Here’s my tribute to Monty and the making of “A Place in the Sun,” which boosted the careers of Monty, Shelley Winters, and Elizabeth Taylor.
    Amazing to me that ET was only 17 during filming in ’49, yet held her own against actors a dozen years older, and became best friends with Monty, to booT!
    Cheers, Rick

  2. He was so good in A Place in the Sun.

  3. He really did have the the looks, I mean classic beauty on a man, wow.

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