By Jeremy Kinser
Originally published on Advocate.com July 23 2012 7:13 PM ET
Montgomery Clift's torment over his sexual orientation helped make him more mysterious to movie audiences, says his biographer Patricia Bosworth in a new video that helps mark 46 years since the death of the great screen star.
Bosworth recalls meeting Clift when she was a child. "He was absolutely gorgeous," she says, of the actor who costarred in numerous classic films such as A Place in the Sun and Suddenly, Last Summer. "I sat and listened to Montgomery Clift talk and I was so overwhelmed by him."
She would eventually author what is perhaps the definitive chronicle of the handsome, influential actor's short, tragic life. Bosworth describes Clift as androgynous. "He was, of course, gay," she says. "He was mysterious and I think that also appealed to audiences in those days. Of course, it tormented him that he had to hide his sexuality, which he did. He was an icon to the gay community."
Watch the video below.