Many younger people would be hard-pressed to name a film Tab Hunter starred in, but in the 1950s he was one of the first and biggest teen idols, swooned over by women (and some men) around the world. Some have suggested he was to the 1950s what Zac Efron was to the late 2000s – incredibly handsome but still with a bit of a boy-next-door air about him.
Indeed, if you mention his name to many female post-War baby boomers, you can still see the remnants of the dreamboat crush they once had on him.
However what nobody except those close to him knew at the time was that he was gay, something that didn’t become official public knowledge until many years later. Indeed it was only in 2006 with the publication of his autobiography, Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star, that he confirmed the rumours that had circulated for many years about his sexuality.
Now that book has been turned into a documentary, featuring extensive interviews with the now 83-year-old Hunter, about his life and dealing with being gay and in the public eye at a time when homosexual acts were still illegal.
You can take a look at the trailer below.