The Gay Cover Up of William Andrews Clark Jr.
I’m reading a very interesting biography right now titled, The Phantom of Fifth Avenue: The Mysterious Life and Scandalous Death of Heiress Huguette Clark, by Meryl Gordon. I’m loving the book, but aside from the book’s main focus on Huguette Clark, the author mentions that one of Clark’s half brothers was constantly involved in ‘homosexual’ activity that was always kept quiet. In fact, if you do a search with the name William Andrews Clark Jr., you will find almost nothing about his closeted gay life. Ironically, you will find out a great deal about his collection of Oscar Wilde books. Apparently, he was fascinated with Wilde. It’s also important to take into consideration that the Clark family were very prominent people in those days and they were making headlines all the time.
But I did find this link.
William Andrews Clark Jr.: The private book collector and philanthropist who founded the Clark Library was himself a closeted gay man in 1920s Los Angeles. He had a romantic relationship with one of his library assistants, Harrison Post, whose face graces the male nudes painted in the library’s vestibule.
From what I also gather, and this is just me guessing, William Clark Jr. didn’t hide his sexuality very well. It was the family, and society, that hid it. Which was completely normal to do in those days…in many cases it’s completely normal to do today.
In general, I think this is a good example of why we don’t have much gay history prior to the late 1960s. Frankly, I think William Andrews Clark Jr. would be a fascinating subject for a biography.
When Hollywood Studios Married Off Gay Stars So They Would Appear Straight
Here’s more about the way gay history was covered up in Hollywood. Unfortunately, this is still going on in Hollywood today. It’s getting better, but it hasn’t completely ended. And I’m not judging. I fully understand why gay men do remain in the closet in Hollywood.
During the Golden Age of Hollywood in the 1920s, actors and actresses shot to fame—but only if they tailored their images to the demands of the big studios. For LGBT actors, that often meant marrying a person of the opposite sex.
Here’s the link to this one.