We happen to love Doris Day movies – she’s always so cheerful. She might not be so happy to learn that there’s a new biography coming out about her sexy private life. “Doris Day: The Reluctant Star,” written by David Bret, will be released in the UK this summer and early leaks reveal some tantalizing assertions. We were floored when the author casually remarked that Doris had crushes on gay men like Rock Hudson and Stephen Boyd. We had no idea Stephen Boyd (really handsome in “Ben Hur” and that New York career girl movie “The Best of Everything”) was GAY! Is this common knowledge, or pure conjecture? Any experts out there?

Posted by hoodlum on April 17, 2008

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  1. By Anonymous
    On April 17, 2008 at

    Couldn’t say first hand, but this may be wishful thinking … based in part on Boyd’s very gung ho attitude about introducing a gay subtext into his screen relationship with Judah Ben-Hur, played by the recently departed Charlton Heston.
    The subtext was the idea of screenplay contributor Gore Vidal, who agreed with the director that the film somehow wasn’t working. They told Boyd about the idea, but they DIDN’T tell Heston; the results speak for themselves.
    This was all detailed in the book, “The Celluloid Closet,” and the excellent documentary of the same name.
    Boyd was a magnetic presence — to put it mildly — and his work in “Ben-Hur” is riveting.
    He was so committed to this portrayal of a boyhood friend who was also a former lover of Ben-Hur, that it would be very easy to construe that he was, in “real life,” gay.
    Again, I don’t believe there is evidence supporting that assertion.

  2. By Anonymous
    On April 17, 2008 at

    It’s 1959 all over again.

  3. By judy
    On April 17, 2008 at


  4. By gerard Vandenberg
    On April 17, 2008 at

    I will tell this again:

  5. By Joachim Feenix
    On April 18, 2008 at

    Janet, in 2008 Doris Day exposes’ really do not make the news. yawn….

  6. By Donna B
    On April 18, 2008 at

    I remember that Stephen Boyd was very much in love with a blond actress (she was in an Elvis movie and a beach movie with George Hamilton. She left hollywood to become a nun. According to the papers Stephen was very upset.

  7. By kait
    On April 18, 2008 at

    Joachim, my friend, learning from the past helps us understand the present.

  8. By Anonymous
    On April 18, 2008 at

    I believe that actress was
    Dolores Hart.

  9. By Anonymous
    On April 18, 2008 at

    He looks like Chad Everett who I heard was gay, too. He also starred in the camp classic THE OSCAR w/hoopy Elke Sommer & Tony Bennett & Jill St. John, put that one on DVD it’s a laff riot!

  10. By Daisy
    On April 18, 2008 at

    Gerard is correct. 95% of male celebrities are bi-sexual or faggots. Lucifer awaits.

  11. By Anonymous
    On April 18, 2008 at

    “And you want me to type this?”
    “No, I want you to beat it out on a native drum!”

  12. By Anonymous
    On April 18, 2008 at

    Who cares? I love her movies!
    She’s still alive and I hope she’s happy because she’s brought me a lot of happiness with her movies – Pillow Talk is my fave.

  13. By Everyman
    On April 18, 2008 at

    Dear Janet: Shouldn’t you remove the hateful and ignorant comments above? Would you allow messages with words like N***** or K*** in them to remain as part of this here discussion? Hate Hurts Everybody. Love Heals.

  14. By carolina
    On April 18, 2008 at

    I love Doris Day’s movies and her voice and she has cheered me up on many a grim occasion. Who cares about an infatuation she had over 40 years ago? Who hasn’t developed a crush on a co-worker? From what I understand she has been an upstanding woman with a big heart and I respect her immensely.

  15. By carlotta
    On April 21, 2008 at

    I’ve had a crush on Rock Hudson. Whether or not he prefers women is beside the point. He’s gorgeous and sweet.
    How many of us HAVEN’T fallen in love with someone who is inaccessible for one reason or another?

  16. By Catherine Krieger
    On August 5, 2008 at

    Bonjour à tous !
    Peu importe….Stephen BOYD était une personne sublime et un acteur formidable.
    Je vis à Paris et la France aime et a toujours respecté les grands acteurs.
    Vous pouvez m’écrire directement à mon adresse email.

  17. By Catherine Krieger
    On August 5, 2008 at

    Stephen was a great actor…

  18. By Davan S. Mani
    On September 9, 2008 at

    I don’t think Doris Hart really cared because she really didn’t care for white men as lovers like many female actress do then and today.

  19. By Davan S. Mani
    On September 9, 2008 at

    I meant Doris Day not Doris Hart the tennis player. From my impression through readings mostly, DH didn’t care for men at all.

  20. By Anonymous
    On September 25, 2008 at

    What do you mean by “more than 95%”, gerard? Is it 95% or isn’t it? Give us the exact number, since you think you have all the answers!

  21. By Craig
    On February 18, 2014 at

    Raquel Welch tells the story below…a quote from Boyd to Ms. Welch as she tried to seduce him explaining why not…‘I’d like to tell you a little story that was told to me by John Gielgud when I was working with the National Theatre. You’ll have to think about it for a moment but I hope you get my drift: An actress is a little bit more than a woman, but an actor is a little bit less than a man.’

  22. By ricardo
    On November 16, 2014 at

    Boyd was married twice. This was a recent rumour put out by Raquel Welch whose crush for Boyd went unrequited.

  23. By strom
    On November 16, 2014 at

    Doesn’t the Pied Piper keep an album of all the gay actors in old Hollywood? He might chime in on this.

  24. By stromsvagina
    On November 16, 2014 at

    give me the big O J. i want it.
    hot and ready hot and ready.

  25. By strom
    On November 16, 2014 at

    Poor little imposter!

  26. By stromsvagina
    On November 16, 2014 at

    hot and ready hot and ready.
    we want ellen and her strap on.

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    On January 15, 2015 at

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  28. By Strom
    On January 15, 2015 at

    Little imposter…so wants to be Strom

  29. By Ben
    On December 15, 2015 at

    Raquel Welch was and is so full of herself and conceated that she really thinks that because a man turned her down he must be gay..maybe he had a girl at the time he was faithful to..Stephen Boyd was a great actor and you can’t find a bad thing said about him..sad he died at 45 on a golf course of a heart attack right in front of his Wife, Raquel..not every man wanted you then or now..you spread a rumor you had no proof of and if true SO WHAT? None of your d..n business..


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