Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star

Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star

by Tab Hunter, Eddie Muller
4.4 17

NOOK Book(eBook)

$10.99 $15.95 Save 31% Current price is $10.99, Original price is $15.95. You Save 31%.
View All Available Formats & Editions
Available on Compatible NOOK Devices and the free NOOK Apps.
Want a NOOK ? Explore Now

Overview

Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star by Tab Hunter

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565128460
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 09/08/2006
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 74,327
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Tab Hunter, a star of screen, stage, and television, has appeared in more than fifty films, including Damn Yankees, Battle Cry, and Polyester. He continues to work as a film producer, and lives in southern California.
Eddie Muller, an authority on film noir, is the author of Dark City Dames as well as two mystery novels. He lives in the San Francisco area.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this title because I saw Tab Hunter conduct a few promo's for it and thought he sounded like an interesting guy who had lived through some very interesting times. Of course he has, and they are documented here. The writing style is very easy to read and the format is straightforward narrative in chronological fashion. Mr. Hunter sometimes leaves a clue as to how one event will impact - come back to haunt or happily surprise - him at a later time, other times he relays how a particular event affected him at the time. For a history of middle American mores at mid-century, and that relationship with movies, movies stars, and movie studios, this is a great book. The book does not read like a salacious tell all gossip. Sometimes it almost feels like Mr. Hunter is reluctant to discuss his feelings about relationships or events. This does not hurt the book at all. It seems he is not a very self-reflective sort, so he relates events and relationships with remembrances of how he felt about them at the time, with little analysis or much judgement. It all makes for a very good read about a very physical, athletic, attractive man who was manufactured into a 1950's movie star. And lived to tell about it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good, Mr, Hunter is even today somewhat shy of any 'Kiss and Tell' but that's what you learn about his real personality as you read. For anyone interested in the sheer slogging work of acting, give this as a gift to your wanna be actor friends and family.
deeronpath More than 1 year ago
It was a good read! Love how candid it is and its interesting to remember what was going on in the world at the same time im reading the book...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this cos it was inexpensive and I like bios. I like this man he seems honest and not made up. We all hide little bits of ourselves good reading better than most.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read, couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tab Hunter Confidential is a fascinating look into the Hollywood of the 1950's and the man who helped to shape the image of that era. No one was better looking than Tab and it's interesting to read what a blessing and curse it must have been to walk in his shoes. The photos alone are worth the price of the book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a scandalous, 'tell-all' confessional, you're going to be disappointed. Instead, Hunter wonderfully recreates the glittering tinsel and surprising charm of 1950s Hollywood. Few actors got to work with the number of agents, directors, producers, and genuine stars (and a few 'flash-in-pans') as Hunter, and with a few deft pen-strokes, he pays tribute and gives thoughtful criticism to them all. The book is a must for anyone interested in Hollywood history and life behind the cameras that gave us 1950s fantasies in the dark. Thoroughly enjoyable from cover to cover, the book explodes some Hollywood myths and provides insightful comments and background on the making of several famous movies. And reading between the lines, you'll discover a secret about the author that his close friends always knew while the rest of us only suspected: Tab Hunter is a class act!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful fun. Tab Hunter's recounting of his climb to stardom in Hollywood is one of the best I've ever read, because Mr. Hunter has a talent for taking it all very lightly. I am loving this book so much that I hope he writes more books! You rule, Tab Hunter!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Made sure stars dated and even married. it was mentioned in the classics and who had not heard about the writer who went to jail while his well born partner didnt because he was a royal. And who married a three time married woman and family was really glad he did and stayed in excile. before a certain date a mixed race marriage was illegal