Montgomery Clift by Patricia Bosworth
A Biography

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Bosworth’s unforgettable portrait of one of Hollywood’s most magnetic, timeless, and tragic stars—Montgomery CliftFrom the moment he leapt to stardom with the films Red River and A Place in the Sun, Montgomery Clift was acclaimed by critics and loved by fans. Elegant, moody, and strikingly handsome, he became one of the most definitive actors of the 1950s, the first of Hollywood’s “loner heroes,”  a group that includes Marlon Brando and James Dean. In this affecting biography, Patricia Bosworth explores the complex inner life and desires of the renowned actor. She traces a poignant trajectory: Clift’s childhood was dominated by a controlling, class-obsessed mother who never left him alone. He developed passionate friendships with Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor in spite of his closeted homosexuality. Then his face was destroyed after a traumatic car crash outside Taylor’s house. He continued to make films, but the loss of his beauty and subsequent addictions finally brought the curtain down on his career. Stunning and heartrending, Montgomery Clift is a remarkable tribute to one of Hollywood’s most gifted—and tormented—actors. 
 

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PATRICIA BOSWORTH, a contributing editor at "Vanity Fair", wPATRICIA BOSWORTH, a contributing editor at "Vanity Fair", wrote her first piece?about Jane?Fonda for McCall's in 1968. rote her first piece?about Jane?Fonda for McCall's in 1968. Since then, Bosworth has written acclaimed biographies of MoSince then, Bosworth has written acclaimed biographies of Montgomery Clift, Diane Arbus, and Marlon Brando. For "Becominntgomery Clift, Diane Arbus, and Marlon Brando. For "Becoming Jane Fonda, " she?interviewed three of Fonda's stepmothersg Jane Fonda, " she?interviewed three of Fonda's stepmothers, two of her ex-husbands (the late Roger Vadim and Ted Turne, two of her ex-husbands (the late Roger Vadim and Ted Turner), her daughter, intimate pals, and directors and costars. r), her daughter, intimate pals, and directors and costars. She lives in New York City. She lives in New York City.
 
Published June 5, 2012 by Open Road Media. 387 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Gay & Lesbian, Arts & Photography, Comics & Graphic Novels, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Compared to Robert LaGuardia's execrable and irresponsible Monty (1976), Bosworth's thorough, impassive, and modestly literate telling of actor Clift's rise (Broadway, Hollywood) and fall (booze, pills, unemployment, disfigurement) seems a model of good taste.

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