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Granger, Farley (1925-2011)  
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In 1963, he fell in love with Robert Calhoun, a production supervisor for touring companies of Broadway plays. The two would be together for the rest of Calhoun's life.

Granger finally achieved success on Broadway in the 1964 revivals of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull and Arthur Miller's The Crucible, as well as the 1965 revival of Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie as Tom Wingfield.

From 1970 to 1974 Granger appeared in a series of low-budget, Italian-language films with such titles as La rossa dalla pelle che scotta (released in the United States as The Red-Headed Corpse, 1971) and Alla ricerca del piacere (Leather and Whips, 1972).

Granger returned to the United States in the mid-1970s and starred in the soap operas One Life to Live, as Dr. Will Vernon from 1976 to 1977; The Edge of Night, as Trent Archer in 1980; and As the World Turns, as Earl Mitchell from 1986 to 1987. He also appeared on Broadway in 1980 in Ira Levin's successful mystery, Deathtrap.

In 1995 he was one of the on-screen actors interviewed for Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's ground-breaking documentary The Celluloid Closet, discussing the depiction of homosexuality in film, in particular Rope and Strangers on a Train.

In the final years of his life Granger continued to act occasionally in theater, television, and film. In 2001, he appeared in the independent film The Next Big Thing, playing an urbane Manhattan art dealer.

In 2007, Granger published a memoir, Include Me Out, which he co-authored with Calhoun.

The following year Calhoun died of lung cancer

On March 27, 2011, Granger died in New York City of natural causes.

Craig Kaczorowski

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Barrios, Richard. Screened Out: Playing Gay in Hollywood from Edison to Stonewall. New York: Routledge, 2003.

Genzingler, Neil. "Farley Granger, Screen Idol of the 1950s, Dies at 85." New York Times (March 29, 2011):

Laurents, Arthur. Original Story By: A Memoir of Broadway and Hollywood. New York: Knopf, 2000.

Thomas, Kevin. "Danger Was His Specialty: As a Film Fest Prepares to Pay Tribute to Him, Farley Ganger Recalls His Hollywood Years." Los Angeles Times (April 1, 2003): E3.


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    Entry Title: Granger, Farley  
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