It's Oscars night. Can we believe the rumours?
In 2001, a court declared that Tom Cruise "is not, and never has been,
homosexual and has never had a homosexual affair". Cruise then dropped a
$100 million defamation suit against the publisher of Bold Magazine for
claiming to have a picture of Cruise having sex with another man.
In 1956, Liberace sued a London columnist for suggesting he was gay.
Liberace swore he was not.
Hollywood does not like its stars to be known as bisexual or gay. Rudolf
Valentino's career suffered after he was called gay. Singer Johnny Ray
suffered as the result of an article in Confidential Magazine that suggested
he had attempted a drunken pass on a man.
On the other hand, it has been reported that Errol Flynn did not seem to
mind being labeled bisexual.
Tab Hunter was reportedly arrested at a gay drag party, but survived.
Laurence Olivier, rumoured to be bisexual, became a Lord.
Cary Grant's career blossomed while living openly with Randolph Scott.
Rock Hudson was widely known to cruise gay bars, but continued to make
In his autobiography, Marlon Brando related that he had had homosexual
Tyrone Power, Gary Cooper, John Wayne and Clark Gable were alleged to be
bisexual, but contined to be big stars.
Barbara Walters asked Ricky Martin whether or not he is gay. Martin replied
that his sexuality is private.
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have allowed themselves to be photographed on the
Which stars are rumoured to be bisexual?
James Dean, Errol Flynn, Cary Grant, Rock Hudson, Charles Laughton, Danny
Kay, Luchino Visconti, Montgomery Clift, Rudolph Valentino, Richard
Among those who have acknowledged having had a same-sex experience
Dirk Bogarde, Marlon Brando...
'Open Secret: Gay Hollywood' by David Ehrenstein refers to a number of
'bisexual' stars such as, allegedly, Richard Chamberlain. It also refers to
alleged star couples:
Montgomery Clift and Jack Larson, Farley Granger and Arthur Laurents, Tab
Hunter and Anthony Perkins, Cary Grant and Randolph Scott.
Fatty Arbuckle's career 'was wrecked when it was revealed that he had
buggered all twelve Keystone Cops.'
'Raymond Burr was well known for his homosexual liaisons with rent-boys.'
There are allegedly tales of John Wayne wearing women's clothes, the young
Clarke Gable being being involved with William Haines and John Wayne having
an affair with Gable.
Wayne and Clarke Gable reportedly 'became lovers in 1936.'
Film historian Kevin Brownwing, author of 'The Golden Grope - A History of
Hollywood Harassment' writes about John Wayne's use of casting sessions to
seduce young males.
"During the 1940s the outwardly conservative and heterosexual Wayne would
regularly attend screen tests with director John Ford, in order to size up
potential conquests. He'd get Ford to order the young hopefuls to take off
their shirts and enact scenes which required them to lift heavy objects or
bend over a lot."
Wayne's conquests allegedly included Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea and
Montgomery Clift, 'with whom he had a torrid affair during the making of Red
River in 1948'.