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Movie icon Montgomery Clift was born 97 years ago today – An Appreciation

So beautiful, so talented, so gay.

Movie icon Montgomery Clift, whose movie credits included From Here to Eternity, The Heiress, Judgement at Nuremberg and A Place in the Sun, was born 97 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.

His looks deteriorated after years of alcohol and prescription drug abuse to deal with the pain from the accident and he also struggled with the fact that he was gay.

Clift died in 1966 when he was just 45 years old. The official cause of death was occlusive coronary arteriosclerosis with pulmonary edema.

You wonder how life might have been for him had he been born 50 years later.

He left us far too young but he lives on forever in his movies.

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3 Remarks

  1. One of hollywood’s great beauties who Truman Capote called Princess Tiny Meat.

  2. If I ever had a crush on a dude, it was Monty Clift. Drunk or sober, I would have had dinner ready every night! I wanted to slap the snot out of Shelly Winters in Place in the Sun. In Red River, Monty was one hot dude.

  3. He was one beautiful man and actor.

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