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Hunter, Tab (b. 1931)  
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In the 1970s, as his career as a movie star declined, Hunter toured in dinner theater productions.

He continued acting in films, some produced in Europe and most not particularly memorable. In 1981, however, he appeared with transvestite actor Divine in John Waters's Polyester, which has become a cult classic. Four years later, Hunter again teamed with Divine in Lust in the Dust, a spoof of cowboy pictures, directed by Paul Bartel and co-produced by Hunter and Allan Glaser.

In association with Republic Pictures International and Bonnie Sugar, Hunter and Glaser made the 1992 film Dark Horse, described as a "touching family drama." The story was by Hunter, Glaser was the principal producer, and David Hemmings directed.

Hunter's love of horses drew him to another project, a series on the HorseTV cable network called Hollywood on Horses. The show debuted in June 2002 with Hunter as host and executive producer.

As of August 2003 Hunter and Glaser, along with Neil Koenigsberg, were negotiating with director Peter Bogdanovich to make a film to be called Blues in the Night, based on a story by Evelyn Keyes.

In 2005, Hunter published a memoir, Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star, co-authored with Eddie Muller. In the memoir, Hunter not only discusses his career and his relationship with Anthony Perkins, but also reveals that he and Glaser have been life partners as well as business associates for many years.

Linda Rapp

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Archerd, Army. "Just for Variety." Daily Variety (August 7, 2003): 2.

Ehrenstein, David. Open Secret: Gay Hollywood 1928-1998. New York: William Morrow and Company, 1998.

Hunter, Tab, with Eddie Muller. Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star. New York: Algonquin, 2005.


Weinraub, Bernard. "A Star's Real Life Upstages His Films; Tab Hunter Looks Back on Sadness and Success and Ahead to a Book." New York Times (September 9, 2003): E1.


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    Entry Title: Hunter, Tab  
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