Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star
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. This book tells how it all happens and 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.
"[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
Tab Hunter, a star of screen, stage, and television, has appeared in more than fifty films, including Damn Yankees, Battle Cry, That Kind of Woman, Ride the Wild Surf, The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, Polyester, and Lust in the Dust. He continues to work as a film producer.