He enjoyed a mid-sized movie career, starring in war pictures in the 1950s before landing a plum contract at Warner Bros. Schwarz discovered Hunter’s story while interviewing him and his longtime partner (and former Fox executive) Allan Glaser for Schwarz’s “I Am Divine,” a documentary portrait of none-other-than Divine, John Waters’ muse and a close friend of Hunter’s.
— all the while keeping his private life off the record, on the Q. Hunter led a double life as both groomed movie star and secret homosexual.
It was a big hit but Hunter's part was relatively small.
As Hunter recalls in Jeffrey Schwarz’s new documentary, “Tab Hunter Confidential” (opening in New York this weekend), he would go out on “dates” with starlets like Debbie Reynolds, arranged by the studio and lapped up by movie magazines; sometimes, he and Perkins would double-date with women and then go home together.
If you’re too young to remember Tab Hunter, ask your mother.
But Perkins visited many times on the set and that got tongues wagging about their closeness.
It was ultimately the scandal sheet “Hollywood Confidential” that outed Tab Hunter.