Screening of Tab Hunter Confidential with Tab Hunter and Allan Glaser, Saturday, November 5, 5:15-8 PM – Ojai Art Center
Born Arthur Andrew Kelm on July 11, 1931, Tab Hunter broke into film at the age of 19, starring opposite Linda Darnell in Island of Desire. An instant success, Hunter starred in more than 40 major motion pictures, including the Academy Award-nominated Damn Yankees. The multitalented Hunter also enjoyed a very successful recording career. His recording of “Young Love” zoomed to No. 1 on the charts worldwide, where it remained for six weeks. Hunter subsequently starred in his own television series for NBC, was nominated for an Emmy for Playhouse 90’s “Portrait of a Murderer” and has guest-starred in dozens of television shows. He also appeared on Broadway in Tennessee Williams’s The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore.
Hunter’s film career took off again in the 1980s and 1990s as he starred in such films as John Waters’ Polyester and Grease 2. Turning to producing, Tab teamed up with Allan Glaser to produce Dark Horse and the cult comedy western, Lust in the Dust, in which Tab also played a starring role. In 2005, Hunter’s autobiography Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star became a national best seller. An award-winning feature film documentary, also entitled Tab Hunter Confidential, was released in 2015. The documentary has received rave reviews on the festival circuit. David Friend, of Vanity Fair, calls the film “… slick, savvy, rollicking, and eye-popping…Tab Hunter: Confidential is not only brave for its candor and enlightening for the social context it provides, it is also a delightful eyeful, using ingeniously edited vintage clips and employing rarely seen still photos.”