Inside Hollywood’s Bisexual Closet: Marilyn Monroe and More

Inside Hollywood’s Bisexual Closet: Marilyn Monroe and More  
Thursday, July 20
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Admission: $5.00 | Free for members


Front cover of Boze Hadleigh’s Marilyn Forever: Musings on an American Icon by Stars of Yesterday and Today (Taylor Trade Publishing, 2016)

A look at bisexuality behind the scenes in old Hollywood with Boze Hadleigh, the author of two books published last year that address the question: Hollywood Lesbians: From Garbo to Foster and Marilyn Forever: Musings on an American Icon by the Stars of Yesterday and Today. Rock Hudson once told Hadleigh, “I don’t believe in bisexuals,” yet Hadleigh thinks bisexual activity may have been prevalent in the studio system which showcased the beauty of both genders.

For a shot at stardom, he notes, many comely heterosexual men took a turn on the gay casting couch, while ambitious lipstick lesbians tolerated the straight version. Sometimes a basically gay star such as Cary Grant acted bi for career’s sake — and a sex symbol could question her sexuality while maintaining a straight image, as did Monroe.

Hadleigh will discuss these tales and more in his talk at the GLBT History Museum.