Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Blind Items Revealed - Old Hollywood

March 13, 2014

Throughout most of his career, this A-list leading man and pretty boy kept his sexuality a secret from the public. Throughout Hollywood, it was widely known that he was gay. His longtime partner since they were high schoolers was an heir to two of the richest families in the country. The actor got his longtime boyfriend a job as a film editor at the studio which the actor did most of his work for. When the boyfriend died a few years ago, he put his collection of explicit love letters in a bank vault, with orders never to be opened.

Tyrone Power and J. Watson Webb Jr.

34 comments:

Virginia Staley said...

Why not just destroy them? I dont understand this.

FearN said...

Sentimental value I'm guessing @Virginia.

Brenda L said...

How does one go about paying for a bank deposit box till the end of time?

Lady Heisenberg said...

@D Brown went all Sherlock on our asses! Way to go!!!
Liz Taylor would be so proud!

0_0 said...

Orders to destroy them would make more sense, but that would just pique somebody's curiosity.

auntliddy said...

Awwww, true love!! And classy, keeping his private life private. Thumbs up!

Virginia Staley said...

@FearN
Yes, you're right. Right after I posted that I figured he could never destroy them. Putting them in a bottle and setting them afloat in the ocean would have been quite romantic.

derek harvey said...

I had to google tyronne---he wasn't that pretty

FearN said...

Maybe he was pretty in other, unseen areas. Like his heart (snort!)

derek harvey said...
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Shelly Shell said...

I think he was probably Bi, he was a notorious cheater on all the women in his life.

derek harvey said...

@Fear--I some how doubt that as well lol ; )

Also he is the only white guy with the name Tyrone when you google image him lol

Basil said...

It obviously didn't work since we found out about it.

FearN said...

I would destroy that shit if it were me but I'm Vulcan.

FearN said...

Well, did you find out his shoe size at least?

Vera Christina said...

My grandpa went to HS with Power, they acted in school plays together.

Greengrl said...

Derek you made me choke on my coffee! I have an uncle be the same name & he is far from white

maxxy said...

Watson's photo accompanying his obituary for the curious: Watson Webb, Jr

QueenAnne Guido said...

Read a bio on him.

President Buchanan - who obsessively saved seven volumes of letters - had his niece destroy the letters between him and his lover, the former VP King, US Senator from Alabama. They lived together for almost two decades and ran for the presidency as a package at least twice.

Not uncommon for gays to hide that which ostracized them in their lifetime. By keeping them in a vault, maybe Mr. P imagined a time of greater acceptance.

Fave story from the bio I read, he had a much younger lover endure extensive plastic surgery to resemble a young Ty P. Yep, he effed a younger version of himself. All hail Narcissism.

Cheryl said...

Definitely bi. He had affairs with Lana Turner and Judy Garland. He was in his early 40's when he died but looked older.

Nutty_Flavor said...

I really don't find Tyrone Power attractive. He has those weird triangle eyebrows. He looks like the salesman of some slightly shifty product.

Angela said...

Wiki says he graduated from Purcell in Cincy & Webb from Groton, so how did it start in H.S.?

Lil P said...

Didn't he have a son Tyrone power jr who is married to that canadian entertainment host/comedienne Carla????

Anothergrayhare said...

@maxxy, thanks for the link, I enjoyed reading that. Sad to know they had to hide for all those years.

Jason Blue Eyes said...

Does Leonard Maltin write these old Hollywood blind items?

malcam66 said...

I think Tyrone Power Jr. was one of the aliens in Cocoon. He also had a daughter Taryn who was quite a beauty. she was in some of those terrible Sinbad movies from the Seventies.

Tyrone Power Sr. used to diddle around with Errol Flynn.

Unknown said...

How sad to have lived during a time when what you were was so shameful you'd rather die than live openly. It's really heartbreaking.

figgy said...

Power's Wikipedia entry has zero mention of his being gay.

Blasie said...

@Lil P His son Tyrone Jr. went to Deerfield Academy and graduated in my brother's class,1976. It was a two day event with a theatrical production on Saturday night, Guys and Dolls, Tyrone,Jr. played Sky Masterson. He was strikingly handsome and looked exactly like his late father. Linda Christian, his mother did not attend the weekend, nor did anyone else in his family. It made me very sad.

kelliknows said...

Oh I think he was a looker. Wondering what happens when the old bank building closed (seen any 70 year old banks around?) Or when the bank merges..does the old stuff get moved? Should've had them buried with him, that's touching.

texas rose said...

So orders to never be opened??? Why not light a match to them?

The Samantha of Palm Springs said...

Never posted before, but long time reader (well, does "long time reader" qualify as when the Himmmm comments exploded in media?)... I am family of Tyrone Power & will call Romina (his daughter) in morning and ask about this. Or wait, maybe calling your cousin to ask if her dad was really gay, isn't the best way to start the day. Honestly, never heard this rumor at all in the family and there have been some very juicy stories (even juicer than a gay lover from high school)!

diatplay said...

Samantha, who cares about the gay or not gay part...I would ask what would motivate him to spare but not share EVER...that is the only interesting part, actually.

diatplay said...

Samantha, who cares about the gay or not gay part...I would ask what would motivate him to spare but not share EVER...that is the only interesting part, actually.

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