He will eternally be known as the King of Hollywood. The archetypal Hollywood bad boy. Plus, Dean was a kept and, according to some, very naughty boy in the years before he achieved stardom. Longtime roommate of handsome actor Randolph Scott, the versatile leading man was frequently dogged by rumors he was bisexual. When comic Chevy Chase joked that Grant was gay, he sued for slander. In a nutshell, Clift was the tortured gay patron saint of classic Hollywood.
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Howard Hughes, whose acumen outside certain areas of expertise aeronautics and the acquisition of beautiful actresses was rarely sound, once said something intelligent about the relative merits of two movie directors. As half of Hollywood maliciously cheered, the production slipped into disaster. The script could be kindly described as a mess, and the star—Clark Gable—was in turmoil. The initial rushes displeased David O.