handsome and enthusiastic, the mexican-born novarro quickly earned a place among hollywoods rising stars. in her book, the girls sappho goes to hollywood, journalist diana mclellan spent five years researching a-list lesbian love affairs of old hollywood (via the new york times). Stage actress alla nazimova cointed the term the sewing circle, referring to her group of lesbian, bisexual, or bi-curious hollywood ladies. Now a new documentary, scotty and the secret history of hollywoodfeaturing 94-year-old scotty bowers, who was an unabashed pimp to the starssheds new light on that pre-stonewall world. Here, to mark hudsons birthday, are 20 gay and bisexual actors who became movie legends. gay hollywood stars had to hide their sexuality with showbiz legends like rock hudson, joan crawford, jim nabors, whitney houston and marilyn monroe staying in the closet! But now stars like jodie foster, barry manilow and kristie stewart maintain movie. boze hadleighs 1994 book hollywood lesbians (barricade books) slammed open the closet door on some of hollywoods most famous stars, including barbara stanwyck, ann b. (1948) post-1960sthe big valley (1965), thornbirds (1983) notes one of the bunch of hollywood legends that has never won an oscar. Examples of others are greta garbo, lillian gish and cary grant. Her wicked turn as phyllis dietrichson in double indemnity (1944) was ranked 8 on the american. If you were a guest at a hollywood party back in the 1930s or 1940s youd discover that old hollywood had quite a few les. hollywood has always been a highly sexed town full of attractive young people with plenty of money or needing plenty of money.