Debbie Reynolds has some juicy stories to tell in her new book Unsinkable: A Memoir about the so-called Golden Days of Hollywood when she was one of the biggest movie stars around.
The star of such films as The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Singin’ In the Rain and How the West Was Won dishes that one of her leading men, Tab Hunter, had tried to put the moves on her when they were teenagers.
The world may not have known it then, but Reynolds writes that even then, she knew the actor best known for the film version of Damn Yankees would rather be kissing a man.
‘I thought it would be like kissing my brother. And I was right. Tab is like my brother,’ Reynolds writes. ‘It was the early 1950s; there was no discussion about being gay back then. But I knew that Tab was, and that I felt friendship for him, not romance.’
The two co-starred in the 1961 film The Pleasure of His Company but they had been friends since they were teens.
‘The studios used to put us together for premieres and publicity occasions. One night in my parents’ kitchen in Burbank, Tab tried to kiss me goodbye,’ Reynolds recalls. ‘I told him not to.’
But the incident did not hurt their friendship.
‘We always laughed and had fun when we were together,’ Reynolds writes. ‘Tab’s a wonderful man who is married to another man now. I’m glad we’ve been friends for so long.’
Hunter, 81, finally confirmed the longtime rumors about his sexuality and confirmed that he is gay in his 2006 autobiography Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star.