Thursday, August 18, 2016

Throwback Thursday: photo of handsome U.S. Ambassador to Mexico wearing only a towel at bathhouse with bisexual movie star

Every word of the shamelessly click-baiting headline above is technically true! Movie star John Gavin, shown at right with Laurence Olivier in Spartacus, served as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico in the Reagan administration from 1981 to 1986. (Gavin was fluent in Spanish.)
     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 Guardiansaid 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.

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