Thursday, August 18, 2016
Throwback Thursday: photo of handsome U.S. Ambassador to Mexico wearing only a towel at bathhouse with bisexual movie star
His benchmate, Sir Lawrence Olivier, was widely rumoured to have had a long affair with actor Danny Kaye.
Disclaimer: Olivier's most authoritative biographer, Terry Coleman, an English journalist, novelist and historian who had access to Olivier's collection of letters and other memorabilia and who interviewed Olivier many times as correspondent for the Guardian, said he could find no evidence of an affair between Kaye and Olivier.
Fortunately, for the sake of the veracity of our headline and tweet, Coleman did find evidence of an affair with Henry Hinchliffe Ainley (21 August 1879 – 31 October 1945) an English Shakespearean stage and screen actor. Whew! That was close.
Bonus: Below is Gavin in 1960's Psycho, in bed with Janet Leigh. This was made just before the complete breakdown of the Hollywood Production Code, which, among other things, stipulated that if a man and woman were in bed together, one foot had to be on the floor. As you can see, Alfred Hitchcock followed the rules even as he demolished their spirit.