Tab Hunter quotes and sayings
July 11, 1931
Divine was like a 400-pound beached whale. He was one of my favorite leading ladies, I've got to tell you. He was really terrific.
I lived in those old movie houses as a kid. I just loved them. What total escapism for someone.
I'm very grateful for this road that I've been on - it's been a good one. It's been a tough one at times, too.
People believe what they want to believe.
I wasn't an actor. They they take the externals. Here I was, a kid thrown into Hollywood with a brand-new name, starring in motion pictures.
If I had come out during my acting career in the 1950s, I would not have had a career.
I said, God, the press and people, they just really hate me and I'm really trying. Geraldine Page said, Listen to this, Tab. If people don't like you, that's their bad taste.
I was a major fan of people in the industry, I was a major movie fan and I was just thrown into it. I was never a gregarious kind of a young man. I was very frightened. It was difficult to divorce myself from myself.
All the things that happen to people in the industry today, the actors, what they have to put up with, all the people wanting to know every single moment of their lives - I think it's really sad.
Hollywood cools, and when it cools you have to go to where the work is. I ran off to Italy to do spaghetti westerns.
I was born in New York. I grew up in San Francisco, Long Beach, and Los Angeles.
I've been a very, very fortunate man. I've had a lot of highs - and a great deal of lows.
People think that because you might have a feeling toward another male that you don't enjoy women. I love women. I love being around them. But when we'd go out together, we'd kind of almost go out in disguise. Not in disguise, but in a baseball cap and sunglasses.
Unless you're of a certain age, you may not know my name, but you can Google it - I was a pretty big movie star in the 1950s. Oh, and another thing: I was - am - gay.
Without a doubt, my sexuality was something that I just never discussed, especially in the 1950s.
There would be no Tab Hunter if it were not for Dick Clayton.
I turned into a workaholic to the point of where my health was in jeopardy.
People place such importance on the external. It's disgusting.
I learned denial from my mother. I just never confronted things and if anybody did, I just would go crazy.
Once in a while a good opportunity would come along, like the first 'Playhouse 90 ever to air - working in television afforded me my best opportunities. The industry was going through such turmoil at the time - studios didn't know where to go anymore, they were falling apart, television was there. They didn't know what kind of films people wanted. The European films were making a huge impact because those films wanted real people in real situations.
A person's life is hopefully more than just one thing.
I don't care whether people like me or dislike me. I'm not on earth to win a popularity contest. I'm here to be the best human being I possibly can be.
I never mentioned my sexuality to Warner Bros. at all, and they never mentioned it to me, thank God.
A lot has been written about Tony Perkins and myself and I figured, Let's get it straight. I had a relationship with Tony for two to three years, but those are only threads in the tapestry of my whole life.
In my personal life, I was quite a different Boy Next Door than the one Mr. and Mrs. Middle America imagined me to be.
I knew Jimmy Dean. He tested for 'Battle Cry'. Paul Newman tested for 'Battle Cry'. I did nine tests to finally get that role.
My nickname, when I was 15 years old in the Coast Guard, they called me 'Hollywood' because I went to the movies all the time. It was such great escapism. That's why I ran away from home.
Rock Hudson wasn't my type. He's a great guy and had a great sense of humor.
I feel closest to God with a pitchfork full of crap in my hands. I'm serious!
I really didn't talk about my sexuality until I wrote my autobiography.
I believe one's sexuality is one's own business. I really don't go around discussing it. Call me 'old school' on that topic.
John Wayne treated me fine, but that macho stuff turns me off. It's not real.
I did Polyester, and I don't regret one minute of it. It was wonderful.
I'm a very private person who grew up with a strict German mother who believed 'loose lips sink ships.'.
I love singing. You know, my mother always used to encourage me, 'Sing, sing,' and I was in a choir in church, yes.
I don't care about being in the public eye.
I lived a very don't-ask, don't-tell life.
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