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Montgomery Clift — The Compelling Biography Of A Hollywood Enigma - Maurice Leonard

Hodder & Stoughton, 1997, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Pages very gently age-tanned at the margins. Text complete, clean and tight else.

Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Intense, deeply brooding and the toast of Broadway since his teens, Montgomery Clift was one of the biggest film stars of his day and influenced a whole new breed of ‘method’ actors including Marlon Brando and James Dean. His influence can still be felt. Outstandingly handsome, his face was described as ‘the most photogenic since Garbo’. Then he was involved in a hideous car crash which wrecked his near perfect features and left mental scars from which he never recovered. Montgomery Clift was a tortured spirit who harboured a dark secret. The product of an overbearing mother and ineffectual father he was lonely, vulnerable and homosexual. In this Golden Age of films homosexuality was a taboo subject. Whilst Paramount built him up as one of their top sex symbols in films such as ‘A Place in the Sun’ in which he co-starred with his close friend Elizabeth Taylor, he was forced to hide his true nature behind a veneer of normality, dreading a scandal that could wreck his career. A later film ‘Freud’ was directed by John Huston. The author contends that their now legendary battles may have contributed to his early death. Maurice Leonard lived with Montgomery Clift for a while and is able to combine his personal insight with a wealth of research. He has spent many hours talking to those who also knew him and worked with him, making this a compelling biography of one of the most enigmatic and influential stars of the century. It is a real life Hollywood tragedy.”
Size: 9½" x 6¼"
Number of Pages: 312
ISBN: 0340653574

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