Tab Hunter Confidential - Tab Hunter

Tab Hunter Confidential

By Tab Hunter

  • Release Date: 2006-09-08
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 48 Ratings

Description

Welcome to Hollywood, circa 1950, the end of the Golden Age. A remarkably handsome young boy, still a teenager, gets "discovered by a big-time movie agent. Because when he takes his shirt off young hearts beat faster, because he is the picture of innocence and trust and need, he will become a star. It seems almost preordained. The open smile says, "You will love me," and soon the whole world does.

The young boy's name was Tab Hunter—a made-up name, of course, a Hollywood name—and it was his time. Stardom didn't come overnight, although it seemed that way. In fact, the fame came first, when his face adorned hundreds of magazine covers; the movies, the studio contract, the name in lights—all that came later. For Tab Hunter was a true product of Hollywood, a movie star created from a stable boy, a shy kid made even more so by the way his schoolmates—both girls and boys—reacted to his beauty, by a mother who provided for him in every way except emotionally, and by a secret that both tormented him and propelled him forward.

In Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star, Hunter speaks out for the first time about what it was like to be a movie star at the end of the big studio era, to be treated like a commodity, to be told what to do, how to behave, whom to be seen with, what to wear. He speaks also about what it was like to be gay, at first confused by his own fears and misgivings, then as an actor trapped by an image of boy-next-door innocence. And when he dared to be difficult, to complain to the studio about the string of mostly mediocre movies that were assigned to him, he learned that just like any manufactured product, he was disposable—disposable and replaceable.

Hunter's career as a bona fide movie star lasted a decade. But he persevered as an actor, working continuously at a profession he had come to love, seeking—and earning—the respect of his peers, and of the Hollywood community.

And so, Tab Hunter Confidential is at heart a story of survival—of the giddy highs of stardom, and the soul-destroying lows when phone calls begin to go unreturned; of the need to be loved, and the fear of being consumed; of the hope of an innocent boy, and the rueful summation of a man who did it all, and who lived to tell it all.

Reviews

  • Unexpectedly Good

    5
    By gdlnd
    I bought this book because it was a bargain on BookBubs. It is an unexpected pleasure to read. I thought I would skim my way through, but Tab Hunter had a very interesting life and I found it, at times, to be hard to put down. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
  • AND YOU THOUGHT "Tab" WAS A CRAPPY DIET DRINK!

    5
    By BILLSHKSPR
    This wild, suspenseful story follows the author as he goes stalking anyone with the name "Tab." It's a relatively short book as their are very few people who admit to having the name "Tab." There may have been ALOT of folks who had that name... say 50 years ago... but nowadays ?! I mean COME ON... Bryan, Kevin MAYBE but who is going to wanna name a kid TAB? Perhaps that's why the author had to go actually HUNTING for somebody with that name. Can NOT wait to actually read the book !