Can you tell me if the following people are gay? Richard Burton, Laurence Olivier, Katharine Hepburn, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Tab Hunter, Troy Donahue, Tyrone Power, Errol Flynn, Linus Roache, Hermione Gingold, Ernest Borgnine. Anon.
Jeez, what a list! I have to tell you I haven't had sex with any of these people so I don't know if any of them are -- or were-- gay. Linus Roache of Law and Order played a gay priest in the film Priest, but that doesn't mean he's gay in real life. However, Tab Hunter is openly gay and wrote about it in his autobiography. To my knowledge, the late Troy Donahue, another blond pretty boy of the period, was not gay. A recent biography of Katharine Hepburn by James Robert Parish goes into the private sexuality of both Hepburn and Spencer Tracy -- fascinating stuff. Ty Power and Errol Flynn's alleged bisexuality has been discussed in a number of Hollywood biographies. Donald Spoto's bio of Laurence Olivier suggested the great actor had an affair with Danny Kaye. Some people feel that Richard Burton, a desperate, drunken, self-publicizing womanizer if ever there were one, was in reality a Don Juan homosexual. Never heard anything about Ernest Borgnine except that he was married to Ethel Merman, who was rumored to have had an affair with writer Jacqueline Susann and other women. British actress Hermione Gingold? -- don't know a darn thing about her private life. As for Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise, people have yakked about the latter's sexuality, but as I've never had sex with Tom -- and don't really want to (and I'm sure he feels the same) -- I really can't say.
Hopefully some day all gay people will feel so comfortable and society will be so accepting that everyone will be Out and Proud and the guessing games will be over.