Former screen idol Farley Granger comes out as bisexual in his upcoming autobiography, "Include Me Out." The 81 year old star talks candidly about his affairs - both gay and straight.
Granger is probably most often romantically linked to Shelley Winters and confesses, "My lifelong romance with Shelley was very much a love affair. It evolved into a very complex relationship, and we were close until the day she died."
Granger also admits to affairs with Ava Gardner, Leonard Bernstein and Arthur Laurents. Until now, the actor has not discussed his bisexuality. He has been with his partner, Robert Calhoun, since the mid-1960's.
Granger's biggest box office success was in Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train, a film with gay subtexts. Along the same lines, Granger also starred in Hitchcock's Rope, which was based partly on the Leopold and Loeb murder case. (The two uppercrust Jewish youth admitted to a sexual relationship during interrogation for the murder of 14-year-old Bobby Franks.) Granger's co-star, John Dall, was also gay and Granger was having "a fling" with the writer.
Sometimes we forget how far American society has come in regards to sexuality and the ability to be honest about who you are. The article details the detrimental effect coming out was in those days using William Haines, Ramon Novarro and Rock Hudson as examples. Granger's autobiography provides some fascinating snippets about homosexuality in Hollywood's Golden Era: