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Outfest 2015: It was all about Tab Hunter at star-studded sceening of documentary about his life

Tab Hunter was THE star of day three of what has so far been a marvelous Outfest.

It was a thrill to be in the front row of the DGA Theatre last night for the packed screening of Tab Hunter Confidential on the star’s 84th birthday.

‘Oh my God, we’re sold out. It’s amazing,’ director Jeffrey Schwarz said as he introduced the film. ‘I love this festival. If you’re not already in love with Tab Hunter, in 90 minutes you will be in love with Tab Hunter.’

How right he was.

His star burned brightest in the 1950s when he starred in the classic musical Damn Yankees, had a huge recording career (Young Love), and appeared in many other films (Battle Cry, The Pleasure of His Company, The Burning Hills) and live television dramas (Playhouse 90).

His blond, tanned, surfer-boy good looks and gorgeous blue eyes landed him on the cover of countless movie magazines but through it all, he was living a double life as a closeted gay man.

‘I felt if you were with a man you were sinning and if you were with a woman you were lying,’ he says in the film.

But he has serious relationships with men – famous ones – including champion figure skater Robbie Robertson and actor Tony Perkins. He found lasting love 33 years ago with Allan Glaser who produced the documentary and has been integral in getting Hunter to open up about his life – first in a memoir and now in the documentary.

But Hunter had not kept any memorabilia from his Hollywood heyday.

‘For 33 years, I re-collected everything – really eBay was my Bible. I thought it might come in handy if they ever did a film,’ Glaser told the audience after the film screened. ‘I just thought it was important that this story be told.’

For his part, Hunter said of the finished film: “Jeffrey’s a wonderful director – I’m just thrilled with the outcome. … You answer the questions as honestly as you can and that’s it. It’s all about the journey – we’re all on a journey. I’m more open now than I ever was.’

The film includes many interviews with famous faces including Robert Wagner, Debbie Reynolds, George Takei, Clint Eastwood, Noah Wylie, John Waters, Connie Stevens, Don Murray and Terry Moore, among others.

Stevens, Murray and Moore were among those in the audience as was Carol Burnett and Joyce DeWitt.

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3 Remarks

  1. Over the years have had the honor and pleasure to interact with Tab Hunter on several occasions in business settings and always found him to be the personification of a professional and a gentleman — engaging, friendly and anything but full of himself.

  2. Happiest of Birthdays Sir.

  3. I’m reading his autobiography right now. Its really very entertaining. I look forward to seeing the documentary.

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