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TCM to Honor Late Gay Icon, Hollywood Heartthrob Tab Hunter

Friday Jul 13, 2018
Tab Hunter in 1967.
Tab Hunter in 1967.  (Source:AP Photo)

Days after his death, Turner Classic Movies announced it will "celebrate the life and career of acclaimed actor, pop singer, author and gay icon" Tab Hunter, who died July 8. He was 86.

In a press release, the network said it will honor the Hollywood heartthrob, who starred in more than 40 films, with an eight-film tribute starting on July 20.

Among the movies TCM will show is "The Street Lady" (1953) about, "four U.S. soldiers trapped in the Sahara find refuge in an abandoned Nazi tank," and "Operation Bikini" (1963), which is about "an underwater demolition team goes behind Japanese lines during World War II to re-take a strategic island."

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Last week, producer and longtime partner Allan Glaser said Hunter died of a blood clot in his leg that caused cardiac arrest. Glaser called the death was "sudden and unexpected." Hunter was a star for several years. In addition to his hit movies, his recording of "Young Love" topped the Billboard pop chart in 1957.

The actor regained recognition in 2005 with his memoir "Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star," in which he recounted his struggles of being a heartthrob to millions of women when he was a closeted gay man.

Weeks before his death, it was reported a movie called "Forbidden Love Drama" was in the works that will center on the secret romance between Hunter and "Psycho" star Anthony Perkins.

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