Montgomery Clift
American actor
Montgomery Clift
Edward Montgomery Clift was an American film and stage actor. The New York Times’ obituary noted his portrayal of "moody, sensitive young men". He often played outsiders, often "victim-heroes," - examples include the social climber in George Stevens's A Place in the Sun, the anguished Catholic priest in Hitchcock's I Confess, the doomed regular soldier Robert E.
Biography
Montgomery Clift's personal information overview.
{{personal_detail.supertitle}}
{{personal_detail.title}}
{{personal_detail.title}}
Photo Albums
Popular photos of Montgomery Clift
News
News abour Montgomery Clift from around the web
Analyse this: Will David Cronenberg get to heart of Sigmund Freud? - The Independent
Google News - over 5 years
In 1962, John Huston's powers seemed to desert him when he directed Montgomery Clift as the Doctor in Freud: The Secret Passion.Huston had enlisted Jean-Paul Sartre to write the screenplay but the French philosopher handed in a draft, several hundred
Article Link:
Google News article
The Monday Interview with Patricia Bosworth - Publishers Weekly
Google News - over 5 years
Of your three previous notable "star" biographies—Marlon Brando, Diane Arbus, and Montgomery Clift—how did the writing of this one compare, and how would you position those books with this one? The Fonda is the most documented, complex,
Article Link:
Google News article
Jane Fonda - Entertainment Weekly
Google News - over 5 years
Bosworth, who brought a similar blend of toughness and sympathy to books on Montgomery Clift and Diane Arbus, has written about Fonda for decades. Nobody has done a better job of exploring the actress' privileged but painful girlhood, her alternately
Article Link:
Google News article
Montgomery Clift Movie Schedule: I CONFESS, FROM HERE TO ETERNITY - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Cast: Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Eva Marie Saint. C-173 mins, Letterbox Format. 9:00 AM LONELYHEARTS (1958) A sensitive young reporter assigned to write an advice column gets caught up in his readers' lives. Dir: Vincent J. Donehue
Article Link:
Google News article
This Week in Movie History: 'A Place in the Sun' Lights Up Theaters - Moviefone (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Besides becoming an enormous hit upon its release 60 years ago this week, the film won several Oscars, cemented the stardom of Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor (and created the image of adult sensuality that transformed Taylor from a child star
Article Link:
Google News article
'Seeing Stars in Dixie' Presented Again Aug. 18-21 - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
The delightful southern comedy is based around the filming of the movie “Raintree County” starring Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift and Eva Marie Saint. The play is set in 1956 when Hollywood's brightest stars arrive in Natchez, MS, to film the movie
Article Link:
Google News article
'The Misfits' Blu-Ray - TheCelebrityCafe.com
Google News - over 5 years
It is the last film for both Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable, and the first of Montgomery Clift's last three films before his life was tragically cut short. Add to that the fact that the film is one of those that deals with the death of the West,
Article Link:
Google News article
Photos showcase last film by Hollywood greats - TheChronicleHerald.ca
Google News - over 5 years
It is a stunning photo essay about the 1960 making of the last great film by Hollywood legends Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift. It opens with an interview between Misfits (1961) screenwriter Arthur Miller (famed for his plays and his
Article Link:
Google News article
TCM's 'Summer Under The Stars' Aug 5: John Garfield, Hollywood's 1st 'rebel' - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
Before there was James Dean, Marlon Brando or Montgomery Clift, there was John Garfield. Widely acknowledged as America's first actor to embrace grittier roles depicting working class rebels with inner torment, Garfield is TCM's celebrated star for
Article Link:
Google News article
Three Nights in Utah Valley for July 28 - Daily Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Catch the classic 1951 drama "A Place in the Sun," with Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor, at 6:30 pm If you like paying for things, on the other hand, and you need to eat and drink while you watch a movie, then check out "Kung Fu Panda 2" at the
Article Link:
Google News article
Deep Inside Hollywood - pride source.com
Google News - over 5 years
There are a lot more gay biopics left to be shot, too, so if Franco wants he can just keep going and give us movies about Paul Lynde, Rock Hudson, Charles Nelson Reilly, Keith Haring, Montgomery Clift and Sylvester before moving on to the life of
Article Link:
Google News article
Overlooked And Underrated - Alfred Hitchcock - FEARnet.com
Google News - over 5 years
Method actor Montgomery Clift had difficulty following direction and sticking to Hitchcock's meticulously planned out blocking, but Clift's outstanding performance is what really makes this film pop. We have here a great script,
Article Link:
Google News article
Cowboys and Kaelians - New Yorker (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
This morning, on TCM, I caught a couple of minutes of “Red River”; the scene in which two mighty young guns—Montgomery Clift and John Ireland—size each other up is, among other things, a splendid, and aptly ambiguous, depiction of love at first sight
Article Link:
Google News article
Elizabeth Taylor Films at Bloomfield Library - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
The festival continues on all five Mondays in August at 12:15 pm July 25 – A PLACE IN THE SUN - Based on the novel “An American Tragedy” by Theodore Dreiser, this is the story of George Eastman, (Montgomery Clift) the poor nephew of a rich
Article Link:
Google News article
On This Day ... - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa died in 1923 … actor Montgomery Clift died in 1966 … actor Vic Morrow (father of Jennifer Jason Leigh) died in 1982 after he was decapitated by a helicopter propeller while filming “The Twilight Zone: The Movie” …
Article Link:
Google News article
Lucille Ball, Marlon Brando, Bette Davis, James Stewart Among Stars Celebrated ... - TVbytheNumbers
Google News - over 5 years
19), Montgomery Clift (Aug. 20), Cary Grant (Aug. 21), Joan Crawford (Aug. 22), Burt Lancaster (Aug. 25), Carole Lombard (Aug. 28) and Marlene Dietrich (Aug. 31). As a special spotlight during this year's SUMMER UNDER THE STARS, TCM will celebrate the
Article Link:
Google News article
What's On Today
NYTimes - over 5 years
8 P.M. (TCM) THE ESSENTIALS: CLARK GABLE IN COLOR Robert Osborne and Alec Baldwin explain why this lineup is required viewing, beginning with ''The Misfits'' (1961), which stars Marilyn Monroe (below, with Clark Gable) as Roslyn Taber, a freshly divorced showgirl, and Gable as Gay Langland, a ruggedly independent cowboy intent on joining an auto
Article Link:
NYTimes article
'Rear Window' and other perfect summer movies - The Seattle Times
Google News - over 5 years
Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift in "A Place in the Sun," screening as part of SAM's fall noir series. No comments have been posted to this article. Tickets go on sale Wednesday for one of Seattle's most popular film series
Article Link:
Google News article
Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Montgomery Clift
    FORTIES
  • 1966
    Age 45
    On July 22, 1966, Clift spent most of the hot summer day in his bedroom in his New York City townhouse, located at 217 East 61st Street.
    More Details Hide Details He and his private nurse, Lorenzo James, had not spoken much all day. Shortly before 1:00 a.m., James went up to say goodnight to Clift, who was still awake and sitting up in his bed. James asked Clift if he needed anything and Clift politely refused and then told James that he would stay up for a while either to read a book or watch some television. James then noted that The Misfits was on television that night airing as a late-night movie, and he asked Clift if he wanted to watch it with him. "Absolutely not!" was the firm reply. This was the last time Montgomery Clift spoke to anyone. James went to his own bedroom to sleep without saying another word to Clift. At 6:30 a.m. the next day, James woke up and went to wake Clift, but found the bedroom door closed and locked. James became more concerned when Clift did not respond to his knocking on the door. Unable to break the door down, James ran down to the back garden and climbed up a ladder to enter through the second-floor bedroom window. Inside, he found Clift dead: he was undressed, lying on his back in bed, with eyeglasses on and both fists clenched by his side. Clift was age 45 when he died. James then used the bedroom telephone to call the police and an ambulance.
    In preparation for the shooting of this film, he accepted the role of James Bower in the French Cold War thriller The Defector, which was filmed in West Germany from February to April 1966.
    More Details Hide Details
    After four years of failed attempts to secure a film part, finally in 1966, thanks to Elizabeth Taylor’s efforts on his behalf, he was signed on to star in Reflections in a Golden Eye.
    More Details Hide Details
  • 1965
    Age 44
    In 1965 he gave voice to William Faulkner's writings in the TV documentary William Faulkner’s Mississippi, airing on April 1965.
    More Details Hide Details
  • 1963
    Age 42
    On January 13, 1963, a few weeks after the initial release of Freud, Clift appeared on the live TV discussion program The Hy Gardner Show, where he spoke at length about the release of his current film; he also talked publicly for the first time about his 1956 car accident and its after-effects, as well as his film career, and treatment by the press.
    More Details Hide Details During the interview, Gardner jokingly mentioned that it is "the first and last appearance on a television interview program for Montgomery Clift." Barred from feature films, Clift turned to voice work. Early in his career Clift had participated in radio broadcasts, though, according to one critic, he hated the medium. On May 24, 1944, he was part of the cast of Eugene O'Neill's Ah, Wilderness! for The Theatre Guild on the Air. In 1949, as part of the promotional campaign for the film The Heiress, he played Heathcliff in the one-hour version of Wuthering Heights for Ford Theatre. In January 1951 he participated in the episode "The Metal in the Moon" for the series Cavalcade of America, sponsored by the chemical company DuPont Company. Also in 1951 Clift was for the first time cast as Tom in the radio world premiere of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, with Helen Hayes (Amanda) and Karl Malden (the Gentleman Caller), for The Theatre Guild on the Air. The recording of this broadcast is now available at: https://archive.org/details/TheaterGuildontheAir So, having become unemployable for the film industry, in 1964 he recorded for Caedmon Records The Glass Menagerie, with Jessica Tandy, Julie Harris and David Wayne (the recording is now available as a downloadable app).
  • 1961
    Age 40
    Monroe, who was also having emotional and substance abuse problems at the time, famously described Clift in a 1961 interview as "the only person I know who is in even worse shape than I am."
    More Details Hide Details Clift's last nomination for an Academy Award was for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), a 12-minute supporting part. He played a developmentally disabled man who had been a victim of the Nazi sterilization program testifying at the Nuremberg trials. The film's director, Stanley Kramer, later wrote in his memoirs that Clift—by this stage a wreck—struggled to remember his lines even for this one scene: Let's say you're on the witness stand. The prosecutor says something to you, then the defense attorney bitterly attacks you, and you have to reach for a word in the script. That's all right. Go ahead and reach for it. Whatever the word may be, it doesn't really matter. Just turn to (Spencer) Tracy on the bench whenever you feel the need, and ad lib something. It will be all right because it will convey the confusion in your character's mind." He seemed to calm down after this. He wasn't always close to the script, but whatever he said fitted in perfectly, and he came through with as good a performance as I had hoped.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1958
    Age 37
    In 1958, he turned down what became Dean Martin's role as "Dude" in Rio Bravo, which would have reunited him with his co-stars from Red River, John Wayne and Walter Brennan, as well as with Howard Hawks, the director of both films.
    More Details Hide Details Clift then co-starred in John Huston's The Misfits (1961), which was both Marilyn Monroe's and Clark Gable's last film.
  • 1956
    Age 35
    On the evening of May 12, 1956, while filming Raintree County, Clift was involved in a serious auto accident when he apparently fell asleep while driving and smashed his car into a telephone pole minutes after leaving a dinner party at the Beverly Hills home of his Raintree County co-star and close friend, Elizabeth Taylor, and her second husband, Michael Wilding.
    More Details Hide Details Alerted by friend Kevin McCarthy, who witnessed the accident, Taylor raced to Clift's side, manually pulling a tooth out of his tongue as he had begun to choke on it. He suffered a broken jaw and nose, a fractured sinus, and several facial lacerations which required plastic surgery. In a filmed interview, he later described how his nose could be snapped back into place. After a two-month recovery, he returned to the set to finish the film. Against the movie studio's worries over profits, Clift correctly predicted the film would do well, if only because moviegoers would flock to see the difference in his facial appearance before and after the accident. Although the results of Clift's plastic surgeries were remarkable for the time, there were noticeable differences in his facial appearance, particularly the left side of his face which was nearly immobile. The pain of the accident led him to rely on alcohol and pills for relief, as he had done after an earlier bout with dysentery left him with chronic intestinal problems. As a result, Clift's health and physical appearance deteriorated considerably from then until his death.
  • 1952
    Age 31
    After an almost two years stop, in the summer of 1952 Clift committed himself to three more films: I Confess, to be directed by Alfred Hitchcock; Vittorio De Sica's Terminal Station, and Fred Zinnemann's From Here to Eternity.
    More Details Hide Details The latter would earn Clift his third Oscar nomination. Clift's final completely pre-accident movie was Terminal Station (also known as Indiscretion of an American Wife), shot before From Here to Eternity, but released after it. Once again, Clift's performance was critically acclaimed; however, the movie bombed at the box office due to its lackluster script. Clift reportedly turned down the starring role in East of Eden just as he had for Sunset Boulevard.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1949
    Age 28
    Clift also starred in The Big Lift which was shot on location in Germany in 1949.
    More Details Hide Details In the 1950s, according to Elizabeth Taylor (as quoted in Patricia Bosworth's biography of Clift), "Monty could've been the biggest star in the world if he did more movies." Clift was notoriously picky with his projects. Clift's performance in A Place in the Sun is regarded as one of his signature method acting performances. He worked extensively on his character and was again nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. For his character's scenes in jail, Clift spent a night in a real state prison. He also refused to go along with director George Stevens' suggestion that he do "something amazing" on his character's walk to the electric chair. Instead, he walked to his death with a natural, depressed facial expression. His main acting rival (and fellow Omaha, Nebraska native), Marlon Brando, was so moved by Clift's performance that he voted for Clift to win the Academy Award for Best Actor and was sure that he would win. That year, Clift voted for Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire. A Place in the Sun was critically acclaimed; Charlie Chaplin called it "the greatest movie made about America." The film received added media attention due to the rumors that Clift and Taylor were dating in real life. They were billed as "the most beautiful couple in Hollywood." Many critics still call Clift and Taylor "the most beautiful Hollywood movie couple of all time."
    The studio marketed Clift as a sex symbol prior to the movie's release in 1949.
    More Details Hide Details Clift had a large female following, and Olivia De Havilland was flooded with angry fan letters because her character rejects Clift's character in the final scene of the movie. Clift ended up unhappy with his performance and left early during the movie's premiere.
  • 1946
    Age 25
    His first movie role was opposite John Wayne in Red River, which was shot in 1946 and released in 1948.
    More Details Hide Details His second movie was The Search. Clift was unhappy with the quality of the script, and edited it himself. The movie was awarded a screenwriting Academy Award for the credited writers. Clift's performance saw him nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. His naturalistic performance led to director Fred Zinnemann's being asked, "Where did you find a soldier who can act so well?". Clift's next movie was The Heiress (1949). He signed on for the movie in order to avoid being typecast. Again unhappy with the script, Clift told friends that he wanted to change his co-star Olivia de Havilland's lines because "she isn't giving me enough to respond to." Clift also was unable to get along with most of the cast; he criticized de Havilland, saying that she let the director shape her entire performance.
  • 1941
    Age 20
    At 20, he played the son in the Broadway production of There Shall Be No Night, which won the 1941 Pulitzer Prize.
    More Details Hide Details At the age of 25, he moved to Hollywood.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1939
    Age 18
    He appeared in plays written by Moss Hart, Robert Sherwood, Lillian Hellman, Tennessee Williams and Thornton Wilder, creating the part of Henry in the original production of The Skin of Our Teeth. "In 1939, as a member of the cast of the 1939 Broadway production of Noël Coward's Hay Fever, Clift participated in one of the very first television broadcasts in the United States.
    More Details Hide Details A performance of Hay Fever was aired during the New York World's Fair as part of the introduction of television. It is not likely that any recording of the broadcast exists." He resided in Jackson Heights, Queens, until he got his break on Broadway. He first acted on Broadway when, at just 15-years-of-age, he appeared as Prince Peter in the Cole Porter musical "Jubilee" on Broadway (Imperial Theater).
  • 1935
    Age 14
    Instead, he took to stage acting, beginning in a summer production which led, by 1935, to his debut on Broadway.
    More Details Hide Details In the next ten years, he built a successful stage career working with, among others, Dame May Whitty, Alla Nazimova, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Fredric March, Tallulah Bankhead, Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1929
    Age 8
    Thus, as long as Bill Clift was able to pay for it, Brooks, Ethel and Montgomery were privately tutored, travelling extensively in America and Europe and becoming fluent in German and French, kept apart from people whom Sunny thought "common". (Bosworth, chapters 1–4) The Wall Street Crash of 1929 and the Great Depression of the 1930s ruined Bill Clift financially.
    More Details Hide Details Unemployed and without money, he was forced to move his family to New York, but Sunny still persisted in her plans, and as her husband's situation improved, she was able to enroll Brooks at Harvard and Ethel at Bryn Mawr College. Montgomery, however, could not adjust to school and never went to college.
  • 1920
    Born
    Clift was born on October 17, 1920, in Omaha, Nebraska.
    More Details Hide Details His father, William Brooks Clift (1886–1964), was a vice-president of Omaha National Trust Company. His mother was the former Ethel Fogg Anderson (1888–1988), mostly called "Sunny". They had married in 1914. Clift had a twin sister, Ethel, who survived him by 48 years, and a brother, William Brooks Clift, Jr. (1919–1986), who had an illegitimate son with actress Kim Stanley and was later married to political reporter Eleanor Clift. Clift had English, as well as Dutch and Scottish ancestry. Sunny Clift was an adopted child. At eighteen she'd been told that her real father and mother were members of prominent Yankee families, forced to part by the tyrannical will of the girl's mother. She spent the rest of her life trying to gain the recognition of her alleged relations. Part of her effort was her determination that her children should be brought up in the style of true aristocrats.
Original Authors of this text are noted here.
All data offered is derived from public sources. Spokeo does not verify or evaluate each piece of data, and makes no warranties or guarantees about any of the information offered. Spokeo does not possess or have access to secure or private financial information. Spokeo is not a consumer reporting agency and does not offer consumer reports. None of the information offered by Spokeo is to be considered for purposes of determining any entity or person's eligibility for credit, insurance, employment, housing, or for any other purposes covered under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)