Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star

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9781565125483: Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star

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"[A] wry, unblinkered memoir....with that golden hair and torso, the scrubbed skin and the jaw that could open cans, [Tab Hunter] was a whole Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue rolled into one package--except this package had a secret compartment." --The Washington Post

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He became an instant star and a No. 1 box office attraction, recorded a number 1 hit song, and survived a major sex scandal - all by the time he was twenty-five. Five years later, new stars had been developed to meet the demands of fickle fans, and Tab Hunter found himself scrambling to find work, struggling just to survive. Yet survive he did, re-creating himself as a cult star and film producer in a career that spans five decades and more than fifty films, from "Island of Desire" to "Lust in the Dust". But first, he was Art Gelien, an introverted and extremely attractive young boy who was discovered by a Hollywood agent and transformed - with the help of studio publicity hacks - into Tab Hunter, Movie Star. This book tells how it all happened, and what it felt like to be created, packaged, and sold to the American public. How it felt to appear on-screen, off-screen, and on every newsstand in America with the biggest leading ladies of the day - Linda Darnell, Natalie Wood, Debbie Reynolds, Lana Turner, and Rita Hayworth - while dealing with the reality of being gay in a time when the word didn't exist. It's his story of how he kept his bearings when he was suddenly no longer the boy-next-door heartthrob, no longer under the protective wing of the Warner Bros. publicity department, no longer in demand as a "star." It is his story of how he soldiered on - with perseverance, determination, and faith. And, like the best-loved Hollywood movies, it has a happy ending.

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