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" I'm a very private person who grew up with a strict German mother who believed 'loose lips sink ships.' "
" I learned denial from my mother. I just never confronted things and if anybody did, I just would go crazy. "
" Unless you're of a certain age, you may not know my name, but you can Google it - I was a pretty big movie star in the 1950s. Oh, and another thing: I was - am - gay. "
" In my personal life, I was quite a different Boy Next Door than the one Mr. and Mrs. Middle America imagined me to be. "
" I said, God, the press and people, they just really hate me and I'm really trying. Geraldine Page said, Listen to this, Tab. If people don't like you, that's their bad taste. "
" I'm very grateful for this road that I've been on - it's been a good one. It's been a tough one at times, too. "
" I lived a very don't-ask, don't-tell life. "
" My nickname, when I was 15 years old in the Coast Guard, they called me 'Hollywood' because I went to the movies all the time. It was such great escapism. That's why I ran away from home. "
" I never mentioned my sexuality to Warner Bros. at all, and they never mentioned it to me, thank God. "
" I turned into a workaholic to the point of where my health was in jeopardy. "
" I knew Jimmy Dean. He tested for 'Battle Cry'. Paul Newman tested for 'Battle Cry'. I did nine tests to finally get that role. "
" People believe what they want to believe. "
" A lot has been written about Tony Perkins and myself and I figured, Let's get it straight. I had a relationship with Tony for two to three years, but those are only threads in the tapestry of my whole life. "
" The people that really were important, that mattered, had a great foundation. I had no training. I had to learn while doing, and it was really difficult. "
" My sexuality is only a thread of the tapestry of my life. "
" I did Polyester, and I don't regret one minute of it. It was wonderful. "
" All the things that happen to people in the industry today, the actors, what they have to put up with, all the people wanting to know every single moment of their lives - I think it's really sad. "
" I hate labels. "
" I lived in those old movie houses as a kid. I just loved them. What total escapism for someone. "
" Without a doubt, my sexuality was something that I just never discussed, especially in the 1950s. "
" I was born in New York. I grew up in San Francisco, Long Beach, and Los Angeles. "
" A person's life is hopefully more than just one thing. "
" I'm very proud of 'That Kind of Woman' with Sophia Loren, directed by Sidney Lumet, and I loved doing 'Gunman's Walk' because I finally got to play a bad guy. "
" I feel closest to God with a pitchfork full of crap in my hands. I'm serious! "
" Divine was like a 400-pound beached whale. He was one of my favorite leading ladies, I've got to tell you. He was really terrific. "
" People are too quick to criticize and condemn. We've got to be more positive. "
" I've been a very, very fortunate man. I've had a lot of highs - and a great deal of lows. "
" I love singing. You know, my mother always used to encourage me, 'Sing, sing,' and I was in a choir in church, yes. "
" I don't care whether people like me or dislike me. I'm not on earth to win a popularity contest. I'm here to be the best human being I possibly can be. "
" I really didn't talk about my sexuality until I wrote my autobiography. "
" I'd work for John Waters again, because he's so off the wall. "