It’s hard for us to imagine what it’s like to hide things about ourselves from the entire world, but that’s exactly what Tab Hunter, the iconic star of the 1950s and 1960s, had to do for most of his life. Known for his blond, clean-cut good looks, Tab Hunter became a Hollywood heartthrob and starred in many movies during his career. However, behind the glamorous facade, Tab was hiding a secret that could have destroyed his career in an era when the USA was a conservative country.
Born in 1931 in Manhattan, New York City, Tab Hunter had a passion for movies from a young age. He even earned the nickname “Hollywood” while serving in the United States Coast Guard because of his love for films. At the age of 17, he was introduced to the legendary agent Henry Willson, who helped shape the beefcake craze of the 1950s in Hollywood. Acting skill was considered secondary to chiseled features and a fine physique, according to Hunter’s book “Tab Hunter Confidential.”
With his “Malibu beach boy looks,” Tab Hunter became one of the most popular teen idols of the 1950s. He found immense success in his career, but his personal life was filled with struggles. As a gay actor in the 1950s, he had to hide his true self and pursue relationships in secret. However, he eventually found love and happiness with his longtime partner, Allan Glaser, whom he married later in life.
Before his relationship with Glaser, Tab Hunter had a secret romance with fellow star Anthony Perkins. Their controversial love affair had been whispered about for decades before Tab decided to tell the truth. Hunter decided to come out publicly when he learned that someone was planning to write a book about his life. He wanted to be the one to inform the public about his secret romances and his journey to self-acceptance.
Throughout his career, Tab Hunter faced numerous challenges and had to navigate the complexities of being a closeted gay man in Hollywood. Despite the obstacles, he managed to maintain a successful career and find happiness in his personal life. He lived a simple life away from the spotlight with Glaser, cherishing the joys of love and companionship.
Tab Hunter’s story is a reminder that success is not the only measure of a fulfilling life. It’s a story of resilience, love, and self-discovery. Tab Hunter may have faced difficulties, but he ultimately found his own happiness in a world that tried to keep him hidden.