"To err is human, to arr is a pirate"
I agree, those times were different, and I wouldn't have expected Hepburn or any of the other stars of that time to make any public announcements about their sexuality. They were under contract to the big studios who controlled what was printed about them (almost impossible to do now). I guess my point was, regardless if that bio had any truth to it, that information doesn't change my perception of her or the great legacy of entertainment she left us in her movies, nor does the lurid gossip about Travolta or Cruise change my enjoyment of their performances in several (but not all) of their movies.
Is anyone old enough to remember John's first love? He was madly in love with an actress named Diana Hyland. She starred on Eight Is Enough. They were a super couple when she got breast cancer. John loved her til the very end. When she died, it really hit him hard. It was thought he might not recover. Was he hetersexual then? Just kidding, but seriously, at the time he seemed very heterosexual.
Here's an old article from People magazine after her death in 1977. John was in his twenties.
Life After Loss - John Travolta : People.com
I never cared about Travolta's sexuality and I still really don't. My only problem would be if he IS gay he's created this whole subterfuge to hide it and brought a bunch of other people into the lie. I just don't have respect for that. It's different from just not speaking about your sexuality. I guess that's his business and his wife's business, but it still leaves a bad taste in my mouth because of the statement it makes about being gay. If you go to that much trouble to hide your sexuality, what does that say about how you feel about gays? Scientology is probably anti-gay as well
Incidentally, I have the same disdain for actors like Luke Evans, who used to be out, but has now decided going back into the closet will help his career. Even though there are still all these interviews out there where he talks about being gay, he's now got a beard and they're pretending to be dating. It's just ridiculous. I loved him in Tamara Drewe and didn't care that he was gay. I still thought he was believable as a straight love interest for the lead actress.
I think JT is long past being considered a sex symbol, IMO. It's not like being gay has hurt actors like Matt Bomer or Neil Patrick Harris or many others. Amber Heard is a rising star and her sexual orientation isn't hurting her ability to get sexy bombshell roles. If nothing else, she can break down some stereotypes about how some people think all lesbians look.
Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.' - Isaac Asimov
I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"
The average dog is a nicer person than the average person
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
-- Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759