90th Anniversary of
Montgomery Clift's birth


90º Aniversario del nacimiento de Montgomery Clift (1920-2010)

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29.10.08

Documento autógrafo (1): 29 oct 1948

Documento firmado por él en relación al derecho de imagen y el sindicato de actores. Si se pincha sobre la foto, se ve ampliada y puede leerse el texto.

(pulsando en la foto se lee el documento)

Nueva York, 29 de octubre de 1948 (hace 60 años).

27.10.08

25.10.08

Monty, Liz y Judy Garland

Una foto muy poco conocida donde se ve a Montgomery Clift contemplando la felicitación de Elizabeth Taylor a Judy Garland tras su actuación. La foto es de la colección Bettmann y fue tomada el 25 de octubre de 1951, es decir a la semana de que Monty cumpliera 31 años.

Datos de la foto:

Judy Garland Being Greeted at Her Performance
Original caption: Screen star lovely Elizabeth Taylor bends low to kiss Judy Garland and wish her luck during a visit backstage at the Palace. Looking on at the buss business is actor Montgomery Clift, Miss Taylor's escort to the theater, where Judy is reviving the lost art of Vaudeville.
Image: Bettmann
Date Photographed: October 25, 1951

24.10.08

Monty va a ver la obra de teatro "Who is Sylvia?".- programa firmado (24 oct 1950)

Se subasta en Internet este programa de la obra de teatro Who is Sylvia? de Terence Rattigan que fue firmado por el propio Montgomery Clift tal día como hoy, hace 59 años, el 24 de octubre de 1950. Tenía 30 años recien cumplidos.


Datos de la subasta:

(English text)

MONTGOMERY CLIFT. Program signed: "Montgomery Clift" on front cover, 8p, 5x7¼. London, 1950 October 24. Program for Who is Sylvia? by Terence Rattigan at the Criterion Theatre at Piccadilly Circus. Clift is not listed in the credits of the play, which was produced by Anthony Quayle, but he likely saw the play while in London for a "command performance" before King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. In the year he signed this program, Clift appeared in one feature film, The Big Lift. The following year, he would give his Oscar-nominated performance in A Place in the Sun. Stage and screen actor Montgomery Clift (1920-1966), who had made his debut on Broadway at the age of 13, became an instant star after his film debut in 1948's Red River. Before making his last film, The Defector, in 1966, "Monty" was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor in 1948 (The Search), 1951 (A Place in the Sun) and 1953 (From Here to Eternity). He was also nominated for the 1961 Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as witness Rudolph Peterson in Judgment at Nuremberg. Lightly creased and soiled. Lightly shaded at perimeter of covers, touching the "M" of Montgomery. Remnants of paper seal at mid-right edge. Overall, fine condition.

18.10.08

17.10.08

17 octubre 1920: Nace Montgomery Clift

Hace 88 años.

Ver primer post.

12.10.08

Young Monty (7)

11.10.08

Picturegoer.- 11 oct 1958

Revista de cine británica publicada tal día como hoy. En la portada aparece una lista de estrellas, con Montgomery Clift en tercer lugar.

Estos son los datos de la revista:

Uk Magazine "Picturegoer". Front Cover: Sherre Winton. Featured inside the following stars: MARLON BRANDO, BRIGITTE BARDOT, MONTGOMERY CLIFT, JOAN COLLINS, PAUL NEWMAN, TAINA ELG, DEAN JONES, GORDAN MACRAE.Plus reviews, news and gossip of the day.


Hace 50 años.

7.10.08

Ciné Revue.- oct 1953

En la portada aparecía Paulette Goddard y la contraportada estaba reservada a Montgomery Clift.

Paulette Goddard and MONTGOMERY CLIFT make the covers for this large import movie magazine from France titled CINE REVUE October 1953.

Inside find the following Hollywood Stars.... Paulete Goddard makes a great looking Front cover. While MONTGOMERY CLIFT makes a very handsome back cover. - PAULETTE GODDARD PHOTO STORY ** ANTOINE BOFARULL STORY ** SPENCER TRACY PHOTO STORY ** GEORGES MARCHAL ** GENE TIERNEY ** VAN JOHNSON ** ROLAND LESAFFRE ** MARCEL CARNE ** VALERIA MORICONI ** JEAN MARAIS ** DENISE DARCEL ** ROBERT WAGNER PHOTO STORY ** BING CROSBY STORY ** DANNY KAYE ** RED SKELTON ** GILBERT ROLAND ** JAMES STEWART ** PAT CROWLEY ** CLEO MOORE ** BETTY HUTTON ** RICHARD TODD & GLYNIS JOHNS with PETER COPLEY in WALT DISNEY THE SWARD AND THE ROSE ** JOAN CRAWFORD ** JOHN DEREK ** GARY COOPER ** JEFF CHANDLER ** SUSAN HAYWARD ** HEDY LAMARR ** GEORGE SANDERS & ZSA ZSA GABOR ** ** PIER ANGELIBASIL SIDNEY ** CLAUDETTE COLBERT ** EDDIE CONSTANTINE

4.10.08

Kate Billings recuerda la infancia de Monty

En el invierno de 1928, los tres hermanos Clift inmersos en su aprendizaje europeo, trabaron amistad con Kate Billings. Esta joven geóloga norteamericana de 23 años acababa de llegar a St. Moritz procedente de África y surtió a los niños de muchas vivencias de sus dos años allí transcurridos.


A Kate le agradaron los gemelos y Brooks, que lo veía más gregario y los cuatro pasaron divertidos momentos esquiando o deslizándose por el tobogán.


Recuerdo a Kate, Monty, Sister y yo bebiendo deliciosa crema de sopa de guisantes que hacía Wilke. -dice Brooks- La tomábamos del termo, sentados sobre la dura nieve y pasábamos ratos maravillosos hablando y riendo.


Después de que la muchacha se fuera de St. Morirz, Brooks y Monty mantuvieron correspondencia con ella.


Kate fue nuestro primer contacto con el mundo real: no queríamos perderla.


Así es. Como ya había comentado, los 3 niños se criaron sin contacto con otros niños, sólo rodeados de mayores. Durante sus viajes europeos conocerían a mucha gente pero serían presentaciones y contactos puntuales, ninguna amistad







Sunny se caracterizó por métodos educativos considerados entonces poco ortodoxos. En Omaha la recordaban por pasear a los bebés en plena intemperie; claro que luego se enorgullecería con la buena salud de los niños. Lo más llamativo es que los niños fueron educados como trillizos, sin distinción de sexo y edad. En la siguiente fotografía, apenas se reconoce a Monty. Eran vestidos, peinados y tratados por igual, lo que provocaba las protestas de Brooks, el mayor, quien se dirigía al padre con ruegos, pero este le decía "que hiciera caso a la madre, que sabía lo que hacía".
Monty y su hermana Ethel en Fort Lauderdale, durante el invierno de 1933 (13 años)

Biografía de Classicavers

Montgomery Clift (October 17, 1920 - July 23, 1966) was an American actor. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Clift appeared on Broadway at the age of thirteen. He achieved success on the stage and starred there for ten years before moving to Hollywood, debuting in 1948's Red River opposite John Wayne. Along with Marlon Brando and James Dean, Clift was considered the most influential actor of his generation. Clift was also famous for his good looks and intense, penetrating eyes.

Clift was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor that same year for The Search. He had a highly successful film career, performing in many Oscar-nominated roles and becoming a matinee idol for his good looks. His love scenes with Elizabeth Taylor in A Place In The Sun (1951) set the standard for romance in cinema. His signature roles were George Eastman in A Place in the Sun (1951) and Prewitt in From Here To Eternity (1953). Then he was off the screen for 4 years, until Raintree County in 1957. Amazingly, Clift was nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar for Judgment at Nuremberg in a role that only took up seven minutes of screen time. But his guilt over his hidden homosexuality led to alcoholism and drug use. In 1956, while filming Raintree County, he smashed his car into a tree, and only quick thinking by co-star Elizabeth Taylor, who pulled two teeth out of his throat to keep him from choking, saved his life. He needed reconstructive surgery on his face and returned to acting, although he could no longer play romantic leading roles.

He turned down the starring roles in East of Eden and Sunset Boulevard. However, he did appear in Wild River, a 1960 film listed in the United States National Film Registry.

Montgomery Clift died in 1966 at the age of 45 of a heart attack brought on by his severe drug and alcohol addictions. He was interred in the Quaker Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York.

The songs "Monty got a Raw Deal" by R.E.M. and "The Right Profile" by The Clash are about him, and even The Clash's live album was named for one of his films (From Here to Eternity).

Academy Award Nominations:

1962 - Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Judgment at Nuremberg
1954 - Best Actor in a Leading Role - From Here to Eternity
1952 - Best Actor in a Leading Role - A Place in the Sun
1949 - Best Actor in a Leading Role - The Search

Clift has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6104 Hollywood Blvd.

Selected Filmography:

Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
The Misfits (1961)
Wild River (1960)
Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)
Lonelyhearts (1958)
Raintree County (1957)
From Here to Eternity (1953)
I Confess (1953)
A Place in the Sun (1951)
The Heiress (1949)
The Search (1948)

3.10.08

Una foto poco conocida (5)

For Montgomery Clift


Slideshow about this brillant actor

La canción es: "Do That To Me One More Time", Captain and Tennille.
Y el video lo ha realizado Melissa, quien creo que es la misma que ha dejado un comentario en el blog.

2.10.08

Modern Screen.- Oct 1949

Portada de la revista Modern Screen de octubre de 1949 con Shirley Temple en la portada donde también aparece un reportaje sobre Montgomery Clift titulado "Mi propia historia".

Datos de la revista:

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This is one of the prettiest magazine covers of former child star, Shirley Temple when she graced this issue of MODERN SCREEN Magazine from October, 1949.

This magazine is missing about 10 of it's 100 pages. It does feature a great color pinup of I love Lucy star Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz, long before I love Lucy. THere is also a color pin-up of Clark Gable. It's a nice collectible for the Shirley Temple fan. Low opening bid for a 60 year old magazine because of missing pages. His "own story" with photographs from his films!

Monty was born just after his twin sister Roberta and eighteen months after his brother Brooks Clift. Their father William made a lot of money in banking but was quite poor during the depression. Their mother Ethel "Sunny" was born out of wedlock and spent much of her life and the family fortune finding her illustrious southern lineage and raising her children as aristocrats. At 13, Monty appeared on Broadway ("Fly Away Home"), and chose to remain in the New York theater for over ten years before finally succumbing to Hollywood. He gained excellent theatrical notices and soon piqued the interests of numerous lovelorn actresses; their advances met with awkward conflict. While working in New York in the early 1940s, he met wealthy former Broadway star Libby Holman. She developed an intense decade-plus obsession over the young actor, even financing an experimental play, "Mexican Mural" for him. It was ironic his relationship with the bisexual middle-aged Holman would be the principal (and likely the last) heterosexual relationship of his life and only cause him further anguish over his sexuality. She would wield considerable influence over the early part of his film career, advising him in decisions to decline lead roles in Sunset Blvd. (1950), (originally written specifically for him; the story perhaps hitting a little too close to home) and High Noon (1952). His long apprenticeship on stage made him a thoroughly accomplished actor, notable for the intensity with which he researched and approached his roles. By the early 1950's he was exclusively homosexual, though he continued to maintain a number of close friendships with theater women (heavily promoted by studio publicists). His film debut was Red River (1948) with John Wayne quickly followed by his early personal success The Search (1948) (Oscar nominations for this, A Place in the Sun (1951), From Here to Eternity (1953) and Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)). By 1950, he was troubled with allergies and colitis (the army had rejected him in WWII for chronic diarrhea) and, along with pill problems, he was alcoholic. He spent a great deal of time and money on psychiatry. In 1956, during filming of Raintree County (1957), he ran his Chevrolet into a tree after leaving a party at Elizabeth Taylor's; it was she who saved him from choking by pulling out two teeth lodged in his throat. His smashed face was rebuilt, he reconciled with his estranged father, but he continued bedeviled by dependency on drugs and his unrelenting guilt over his homosexuality. With his Hollywood career in an irreversible slide (despite giving an occasional riveting performance, such as in Stanley Kramer's Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)), Monty returned to New York and tried to slowly develop a somewhat more sensible lifestyle in his brownstone. He was set to play in Taylor's Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967), when his companion Lorenzo James found him lying nude on top of his bed, dead from what the autopsy called "occlusive coronary artery disease." His death was called the longest suicide in history by famed acting teacher, Robert Lewis.

1.10.08

Foto del mes (12)

verano de 1922 en Omaha

Esta foto aparece en el libro "Todas las peliculas de Montgomery Clift" de Judy Kass con la indicación de que Monty tenía un año pero luego he sabido que era del verano de 1922. Tendría entonces 10-11 meses. Está hecha en Omaha, donde nació y pasó los primeros cuatro años.

Se aprecia que era un bebé muy guapo, moreno, de largas pestañas. A mí me llama la atención la cuerdecilla con lo que está sujeto además de ser un testimonio gráfico de la época.

Su carrera comprende 17 títulos entre 1948 y 1966. Trabajó con los grandes directores (Hawks, Hitchcock, Stevens, Zinnemann, Kazan, Huston, Wyler) y las grandes estrellas (Lancaster, Marilyn Monroe, Katherine Hepburn, Brando, Wayne, Elizabeth Taylor especialmente) de entonces.
Su carrera comprende 17 títulos entre 1948 y 1966. Trabajó con los grandes directores (Hawks, Hitchcock, Stevens, Zinnemann, Kazan, Huston, Wyler) y las grandes estrellas (Lancaster, Marilyn Monroe, Katherine Hepburn, Brando, Wayne, Elizabeth Taylor especialmente) de entonces.
Su carrera comprende 17 títulos entre 1948 y 1966. Trabajó con los grandes directores (Hawks, Hitchcock, Stevens, Zinnemann, Kazan, Huston, Wyler) y las grandes estrellas (Lancaster, Marilyn Monroe, Katherine Hepburn, Brando, Wayne, Elizabeth Taylor especialmente) de entonces.
The Right Profile
Lyric
Say, where did I see this guy?
In red river?
Or a place in the sun?
Maybe the misfits?
Or from here to eternity?

Everybody say, is he all right?
And everybody say, whats he like?
Everybody say, he sure looks funny.
Thats...Montgomery Clift, honey!

New York, New York, New York, 42nd street
Hustlers rustle and pimps pimp the beat
Monty Clift is recognized at dawn
He aint got no shoes and his clothes are torn

I see a car smashed at night
Cut the applause and dim the light
Monty's face is broken on a wheel
Is he alive? can he still feel?

Everybody say, is he all right?
And everybody say, whats he like?
Everybody say, he sure looks funny.
Thats...Montgomery Clift, honey!

Nembutol numbs it all
But I prefer alcohol

He said go out and get me my old movie stills
Go out and get me another roll of pills
There I go again shaking, but I aint got the chills